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    Through the last decade of the 19th Century, the heavyweight crown belonged to the indomitable James Jeffries.  He retired in 1904 a happy man.  Meanwhile, a black man - Jack Johnson - gained the championship, and seemed unbeatable.  Johnson was a technician who recorded his share of knockouts, but his modus operandi was endurance, scoring convincingly in the late rounds against exhausted opponents.  An indignant public and media howled for a challenger to re-assert the proper racial sorting of things.  That 'great white hope' fell on the shoulders of the long-retired Jeffries.  And so, on July 4, 1910, a 35-year-old Jeffries confronted Jack Johnson in the ring.  The site was Reno, Nevada, and Jeffries valiantly endured 14 rounds, but went down for the count in the 15th.  In anticipation of that chapter in pugilistic history, this watch fob was fashioned as a souvenir from the bout.  Vertically, it measures about 1 3/4" and was forged in lead (or an alloy thereof) which is only lightly tarnished.  The piece is handsomely crafted with intricate detail (although the noting of "California" toward the bottom of the obverse is a mystery).  The reverse is stamped "'Kill-et California' World's Main Event Nevada July 4, 1910."  This is a monumental souvenir from one of boxing's most celebrated events.    

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