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Jack Johnson

Born: 1878 AD
Died: 1946 AD, at 68 years of age.

Nationality: American
Categories: Boxer




American Boxer



1878 - Born in Galveston, Texas, USA on the 31st of March.



1908 - 1915 - The first Black American World Champion.


1908 - He defeated the Canadian Tommy Burns at Sydney. His win provoked violent racial prejudice, and a ‘Great White Hope' was sought to defeat him - the former champion James J Jeffries - whom he knocked out in the 15th round in a fight in 1910. He lost his title in 1915 to Jess Willard in 26 rounds.


His relationship with one of the two white women he married led to a conviction under the Mann Act for transporting a white woman across state lines for immoral purposes, and he was a fugitive in Europe for seven years.


1946 - He died in a car accident, and his life became the subject of a Broadway play,


1970 -Movie about his life, "The Great White Hope".


1954 - He was admitted to the Boxing Hall of Fame.





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