Category: History

Ketchel Pays the Price

Colorized classic photo of Heavyweight Champion 🇺🇸Jack Johnson standing over 🇺🇸Stanley Ketchel after delivering the knockout shot in the twelfth round of their fight in 1909.

It’s said that the fighters agreed to carry the bout the originally scheduled 20 rounds. Ketchel however saw an opportunity in the 12th round and went for the knockout, putting the champion on the canvas. When Johnson rose to his feet, Ketchel closed in, attempting to finish the deal, but found himself on the receiving end of a huge right hand from Johnson which he would not recover from.

“He crossed me and I made him pay for it.”
-Jack Johnson

Colorized by Jordan Singleton

Talking Legends:📽️ Pernell Whitaker

Some fighters defy logic with the way they’re able to see events 5 steps ahead of everyone else, whose reaction time is as quick as the flick of a light switch, and can adapt to anything presented in front of them with a natural acumen to their craft.

In boxing, I don’t think there’s a better example in the last half a century of this than the great 🥇🇺🇸Pernell “Sweet Pea” Whitaker (40-4-1, 17KO👊), who had the greatest reflexes displayed since the great Nicolino Locche, and superseded Locche’s ability by being able to counter routinely off of those insane angles and pivots that he would use to evade the onslaught of punches. “Sweet Pete” had very strong legs, which enabled him to cover a lot of ground which made his defensive acumen even scarier, and was the foundation of his overall attack. Continue reading “Talking Legends:📽️ Pernell Whitaker”

Talking Legends:📽️ Felix Trinidad

Puerto Rican superstar 🇵🇷Felix ‘Tito’ Trinidad (42-3-0, 35KO) was one fighter I could make an argument for as being the most 🔌⚡electrifying overall offensive force in the last 3 decades. Despite a very lean frame, his punching power was devastatingly inconceivable, but if you were to see his knuckles with the gloves off, and factor in the way he fired his shots the with the torque in he threw them, it makes perfect sense why he hit so hard. Continue reading “Talking Legends:📽️ Felix Trinidad”

“Fight of the Century” (Jack Johnson vs Jim Jeffries/109 Year Anniversary)

Fight Of The Century
July 4, 1910
Reno, Nevada

In the 5th defense of his World Heavyweight Title billed as the “Fight of the Century”, 🇺🇸Jack Johnson (53-5-10, 25KO) defeats 🇺🇸Jim Jeffries (19-1-2, 16KO) by TKO in the 15th round scheduled for 45. Continue reading ““Fight of the Century” (Jack Johnson vs Jim Jeffries/109 Year Anniversary)”