This legendary fight was filmed on March 17, 1897, using 63mm film that produced an aspect ratio of about 1.75:1. Using three adjacent cameras, Enoch Rector recorded the entire fight, simultaneously creating the world's first known feature film, as the resulting footage lasted over 90 minutes in length. About a quarter of the film survives today. Written by
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19th century historical figure Wyatt Earp
was a reporter for the New York Herald and wrote extensively on the event, both before and after. Earp was convinced that the film would prove that Fitzsimmons had fouled Corbett by hitting him in the jaw after the knockout blow to the solar plexus, and his outrage that the referee, George Siler, failed to notice this. Fitzsimmons responded to the Herald claiming that having seen the film, he didn't believe a single frame could prove this accusation true. 'William Barclay 'Bat' Masterson' also attended and is oft identified in existing footage as the man wearing a bowler hat sitting ringside at the center of the frame who appears to be manning the bell. See more
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