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
- Publication Date: 15/02/2009
- Category: Biography: sport
- ISBN: 9780786439942
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