Jack Johnson

Jack Johnson

Champion

Jack Johnson became the first African American world heavyweight boxing champion (1908–1915).

John Arthur “Jack” Johnson (March 31, 1878 – June 10, 1946), nicknamed the Galveston Giant, was an American boxer, who—at the height of the Jim Crow era—became the first African American world heavyweight boxing champion (1908–1915). Johnson went on to become one of the most dominant champions of his time, and remains a significant historical figure in heavyweight boxing history, with his 1910 fight against James J. Jeffries being dubbed the “fight of the century.” Johnson was faced with much controversy when he was charged with violating the Mann Act in 1912, even though there was an obvious lack of evidence and the charge was largely racially based. In a documentary about his life, Ken Burns notes that “for more than thirteen years, Jack Johnson was the most famous and the most notorious African-American on Earth”.

I don’t want to abandon one work for the other, and I don’t think I need to sacrifice anything to put my all into either one of them.

104 fights

 

73 wins

 

40 – knockouts

 

1908 – Heavyweight championship