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Joe Gans : A Biography of the First African American World Boxing Champion, Paperback / softback Book

Joe Gans : A Biography of the First African American World Boxing Champion Paperback / softback


Joe Gans captured the world lightweight title in 1902, becoming the first black American world title holder in any sport.

Gans was a master strategist and tactician, and one the earliest practitioners of 'scientific' boxing.

As a black champion reigning during the Jim Crow era, he endured physical assaults, a stolen title, bankruptcy, and numerous attempts to destroy his reputation.

Four short years after successfully defending his title in the 42-round 'Greatest Fight of the Century', Joe Gans was dead of tuberculosis.

This biography features original round-by-round ringside telegraph reports of his most famous and controversial fights, a complete fight history, photographs, early newspaper cartoons depicting boxers, and discussion of contemporary cultural representations of and tributes to the man considered to be among the finest boxers in history.


  • Format: Paperback / softback
  • Pages: 294 pages, 35 photographs
  • Publisher: McFarland & Co Inc
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  • Category: Biography: sport
  • ISBN: 9780786439942

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