On This Day: Jack Johnson Destroys Tommy Burns To Become The First Black Heavyweight King

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Boxing Day, Australia, 1908. For the first time in history, a black man was fighting for the world heavyweight championship; this at the time, “the biggest prize in sports.”

It was the property of the “superior” white race, or it had been for so long.… read full article “On This Day: Jack Johnson Destroys Tommy Burns To Become The First Black Heavyweight King”

When The Fourth Of July Meant A Heavyweight Super-Fight

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Today is the Fourth of July, Independence Day, a huge celebration in America. But there is no big fight today, or tonight – and this is not due to the ongoing battle with the coronavirus. For though there was a time when it was unthinkable for this big day to go by without an enormous prize fight taking place, usually a heavyweight fight, this has not been the case for many a year.… read full article “When The Fourth Of July Meant A Heavyweight Super-Fight”

On This Day In 1910: The Great Stanley Ketchel Is Murdered, Shot In The Back

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Reviewing one of his most famous fights

Today in 1910, as he was relaxing and eating breakfast at a ranch in Conway, Missouri, middleweight great Stanley Ketchel was killed at the young age of 24. Shot in the back by a man who, like Ketchel, was under the spell of a pretty girl that worked on the ranch, “The Michigan Assassin” was taken from us far, far too soon.… read full article “On This Day In 1910: The Great Stanley Ketchel Is Murdered, Shot In The Back”

Anthony Joshua Names His Three Greatest Heavyweight Champs

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Like many fighters before him, Anthony Joshua is a huge fight fan (it seems obvious a successful fighter would be a fan of his chosen sport but there are exceptions: Jermain Taylor for example, who said as champ that he is no boxing fan) – and AJ is also a student of the history of boxing.… read full article “Anthony Joshua Names His Three Greatest Heavyweight Champs”

President Donald Trump Pardons Jack Johnson

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President Donald J. Trump granted a long overdue posthumous pardon to the first African-American heavyweight world champion, Jack “Galveston Giant” Johnson for his 1913 conviction for violating the Mann Act.

“I am taking this very righteous step, I believe, to correct a wrong that occurred in our history and to honor a truly legendary boxing champion,” said President Trump.… read full article “President Donald Trump Pardons Jack Johnson”

Video: Jack Johnson pardoned by President Trump

On Thursday afternoon, President Donald Trump posthumously pardoned former world heavyweight champion Jack Johnson. Alongside the president were actor Sylvester Stallone, best known for playing Rocky Balboa, and also present were former undisputed heavyweight champion Lennox Lewis and reigning WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder.… read full article “Video: Jack Johnson pardoned by President Trump”