Professional Boxer, Person
Who is Al Kaufman?
Al Kaufman was a heavyweight boxer and one of the "White Hopes" of the era when Jack Johnson, an African American, was the world heavyweight champion. The 6′1″ Kaufman, a German-American, fought out of his hometown of San Francisco, California at a weight of between 185 and 205 lbs. in a career that stretched from 1905 to 1915. He was a muscular boxer, who fought cautiously but who could punch hard.
Kaufman fought Johnson for the world heavyweight title. Before that bout, Johnson had attended a match between Kaufman and Tony Ross held at the Fairmont Athletic Club in The Bronx on 13 April 1909. Kaufman, who was being touted as a contender for Johnson's title. won a newspaper decision in the 10-round bout. It was reported that Johnson, at ringside, laughed at the two boxers.
Five months later, on the 9th of September, Kaufman met Johnson at the San Francisco's Mission Street Arena in a championship fight. The Associated Press reported that Johnson landed his punches at will and could have ended the fight at any time during its 10 rounds. The fight went the distance, and Johnson won a newspaper decision. Kaufman only landed two effective bunches during the fight.
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