Papa Jack, who went unbeaten through a turbulent 9 year 4 month period, November 1905 onwards to April 1915 - although some might say this could be further backdated to March 1901, discounting the travesty of a 20-round decision given against him versus Marvin Hart (by all accounts a stitch-up job) and a frustrating over-sensitive DQ (considering the era) versus the troublesome Joe Jeanette - the fact is NO ONE beat him fair & square between Hank Griffin in November 1901 and Jess Willard in April 1915 - or if you're one of those who beleive he tanked the Willard fight in favour of leniency from the US courts upon his return from exile then no-one beat him between Hank Griffin in November '01 and Bob Lawson in May 1926! In theory thats a 25 year unbeaten period!? Jess Willard himself put it this way when asked about Johnson years later in the arena following the Louis-Conn II bout, "Judging by his form when I fought him, Jack Johnson could've handled Joe Louis and Billy Conn simultaneously." Louis, himself never Johnson's biggest fan to say the least, grudgingly conceded, "He must've been a great fighter, as my trainer, Jack Blackburn, knew him well and said he was great." Blackburn was actually a staunch ENEMY of Johnson but was brutally honest in his assertion that, "Much as it pains me to say it, Joe had trouble with guys who can move a bit. In my opinion Johnson was the better fighter."
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