Off the beaten track

Posted: January 18, 2010 in Boxing, sports opinion
Stank-0 has been watching a PBS special on Jack Johnson, the first world champion black boxer.

This man was massive even for now.  At the turn of the 20th century, he flouted all convention.  He had a love for white women and kept many of them in his stable.  Stank-0 will not get into the social ills of the early 20th century but his physical prowess was impressive.  His boxing record: 73 (40KOs)-13-10-5 no contests.  His biggest win was the “fight of the century” against former undefeated heavyweight champion James J. Jeffries.  In the clips that Stank-0 saw it wasn’t even close.  Johnson toyed with Jeffries and then finally put him down. 

This is where the term “great white hope” came to be because after Johnson became the first black heavyweight champion many big brawlers were presented to take Johnson’s title.  He held the title from 1910 until 1915. 

Ali and Frazier considered Johnson and Joe Louis the greatest boxers of all time. 

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