A selected group of accomplished boxers in the first two decades of the 20th century, some with commentary. On the Pinterest page, there are 20 short videos about the big fights during the era.
Johnson-Jeffries poster July 4, 1910. To the times, the “Fight of the Century.”
Maybe the greatest ever – Jack Johnson. Kohnson became the first African-American to win the world heavyweight championship by defeating Tommy Burns by TKO on Dec. 26, 1908.
Heavyweight Boxing Champion Jack Johnson Posing Outdoors Date Photographed: ca. 1915 | Total fights 104, Wins 73, Wins by KO 40, Losses 13, Draws 10. Johnson had a huge reach and always looked taller than his actually 6′ 1/2″ Still a big man for the times. at the height of the Jim Crow era—became the first African American world heavyweight boxing champion (1908–1915).
Benny Leonard – 183-19-11, 4 NC; 70 Knockouts. Leonard won world lightweight championship in May 1917.| He retired as champion in January 1925, making him the longest-reigning lightweight champion ever.
Tommy Ryan was one of boxing’s greatest middleweight champions. Some consider him the best of all time. Ryan poses without gloves. Yet, sanctioned bare-knuckle fisticuffs in the U.S. ended in 1889.
Jack Britton was three-time world welterweight boxing champion. He holds the world record for the number of title bouts fought in a career with 37 (18 of which ended in no decisions. “Kid” Lewis was his chief rival.
World Heavyweight Champion Tommy Burns, who fought at 175 lbs.
Lightweight Champ: Joe Gans
Lew Tendler began his career with 6 wins his but fortunes would change in the third decade. “He is generally considered one of the best boxers to never have won a world title. Statistical boxing website BoxRec lists Tendler as the #10 ranked lightweight of all time, while The Ring Magazine founder Nat Fleischer placed him at #9.” [wiki]
Ted “Kid” Lewis 192-32-14, 79 KO (1909-1929) One of the top fighters of the era.
Abe “The Little Hebrew” Attell held the World Featherweight Championship in 1903 and 1904 and from 1906 to 1912. The 5’4,” 122-pound Attell won his title four months short of his seventeenth birthday, defeating Johnny Reagan in 20 rounds. He won 23 of his first 29 fight by a knockout. In 1920 Attell was accused of being the messenger between the gangster Rothstein and players of the Chicago White Sox baseball organization, during the planning stages of the fix of the 1919 World Series.
Willie Ritchie was the world lightweight boxing champion from 1912 to 1914.