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Harry Wills

Harry Wills (Boxing.  Born, New Orleans, LA, May 15, 1889; died, New York, NY, Dec. 21, 1958.)  It could reasonably be argued that Harry Wills might have won the world heavyweight boxing champion had Jack Johnson not held the title from 1908-15.  Johnson so incited popular racist elements that boxing authorities vowed not to allow another black [...]

Battling Levinsky

Battling Levinsky (Boxing. Born, Philadelphia, PA, June 10, 1889; died, Philadelphia, PA, Feb. 12, 1949.) Born Bernard Lerowitz, Battling Levinsky was a popular fighter in several weight classes over a 23-year career (1906-29) who fought 56 times in New York. Levinsky also had 24 bouts in Brooklyn, five in the Rockaways, four in Jersey City, [...]

Jack Dempsey

Jack Dempsey (Boxing.  Born, Manassa, CO, June 24, 1894; died, New York, NY, May 31, 1983.)  One of the most celebrated heavyweight champions in boxing history, William Harrison Dempsey also fought less than most champions of his stature, making only six defenses of his title in his more than seven-year reign.  Dempsey won the championship [...]

Georges Carpentier

Georges Carpentier (Boxing.  Born, Lens, France, Jan. 12, 1894; died, Paris, France, Oct. 27, 1975.)  Known as the only boxer to have fought professionally in all weight classes, Georges Carpentier was a party to boxing’s first million-dollar gate main event.  Carpentier, a French World War I veteran, had 106 pro bouts but is remembered for [...]

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