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 Colleen Aycock, Mark Scott
     
 

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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 of 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

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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 of 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, and early newspaper drawings and cartoons.

Editorial Reviews

BoxingTalk
wonderful...expertly crafted...it is quite simply one of the most engrossing boxing books I have ever read...highly recommend[ed]
Examiner.com
compelling and informative...a first-rate account of the life and times of Gans...a wonderful book, which rightly gives Joe Gans the respect and admiration he so richly deserves
Journal of Sport History
Colleen Aycock and Mark Scott, and McFarland, deserve our warm thanks in spotlighting the short, but singular, career of one of America's least well-known athletes, a lightweight boxer named Joe Gans...[who] became the first black American world-title holder in any sport.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780786493364
Publisher:
McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date:
10/17/2008
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
7 MB

Meet the Author

Colleen Aycock's father was a professional fighter during the Depression. She lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico and is a contributor to other publications on the history of boxing. Mark Scott, a novelist and former Golden Gloves boxer, lives in Austin, Texas. He is a contributor to other publications on the history of boxing.

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