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Fight of the Century

It's not surprising that one of the biggest fights in boxing history took place on Nevada soil. But it wasn't in Caesar's Palace, and ringside tickets didn't go for thousands of dollars. Instead, two men squared off in a dusty railroad town. One was black, and one was white. The year was 1910, and the outcome of that match changed the way people looked at race and boxing forever. We look back on the centennial of "The Fight of the Century," and how a black boxer named Jack Johnson and a white boxer named Jim Jeffries changed history.


  • Nevada Magazine: Celebrating Jack Johnson
  • PBS Documentary: Unforgiveable Blackness, The Fight of the Century
  • The Smithsonian Magazine: A Year of Hope for Joplin and Johnson
  • This Is Reno: Long Forgotten, Later Found: The Johnson-Jeffries Fight Site
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