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

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

By: Mark Scott (author), Colleen Aycock (author)Paperback

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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.

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About Author

Colleen Aycock's father was a professional fighter during the Depression. She lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Mark Scott, a novelist and former Golden Glove boxer, lives in Austin, Texas.

Product Details

  • publication date: 15/02/2009
  • ISBN13: 9780786439942
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 294
  • ID: 9780786439942
  • weight: 408
  • ISBN10: 0786439947

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