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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 […]

Max Schmeling

Max Schmeling (Boxing.  Born, Klein Luckaw, Brandenburg, Germany, Sept. 28, 1905; died, Hollenstedt, Germany, Feb. 2, 2005.)  A reluctant symbol of the pre-World War II Nazi regime in Germany, Max Schmeling was the world heavyweight champion (1930-32).  Schmeling gained lasting fame for two bouts with Joe Louis (q.v.), which became charged with international political and racial […]

Joe Jacobs

Joe Jacobs (Boxing.  Born, New York, NY, May 7, 1897; died, New York, NY, Apr. 24, 1940.)  A colorful manager of boxers, Joe B. Jacobs handled four champions, as well as heavyweight contender Two-Ton Tony Galento.  Jacobs’ champions were heavyweight Max Schmeling , light heavyweight Mike McTigue and two featherweights – Andre Routis and Johnny Dundee.  […]

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 […]

Primo Carnera

Primo Carnera (Boxing.  Born, Sequals, Italy, Nov. 26, 1906; died, Sequals, Italy, June 29, 1967.)  A 6’6”, 260-pound boxer, Primo Carnera was heavyweight champion for slightly less than a year (1933-34).  Carnera won the title June 29, 1933, with a sixth-round knockout of Jack Sharkey at the Madison Square Garden Bowl in Long Island City.  He […]

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