History | Jun 10 2017

On This Day: Heavyweight legend Jack Johnson died

History's most significant fighter Jack Johnson died on June 10 1946, writes John Dennen
Jack Johnson
Jack Johnson

JACK JOHNSON was the world’s first African-American heavyweight champion, which not only puts him in sporting annuals but assures him a place in social history.

The heavyweight championship of the world wasn’t just a trophy in those days. It was a highly prized office and it mattered to White America, in the racist ferment of the time, that they held on to it. Black contenders were forbidden from even boxing for the title.

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