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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 […]

Sam McVey

Sam McVey (Boxing. Born, Oxnard, CA, May 17, 1885; died, New York, NY, Dec. 21, 1921.) In a pro career that spread over more than 17 years, Sam McVey (sometimes spelled McVea) was among the most popular and widely-travelled boxers of his day. To some degree, the racism then endemic in American society forced McVey […]

Sam Langford

Sam Langford (Boxing. Born, Weymouth, Nova Scotia, Feb. 12, 1880; died, Cambridge, MA, Jan. 12, 1956.) Moving to Boston, Mass., as a youngster, Sam Langford was to prove to be one of the great prizefighters of his era. Due to racial discrimination endemic in his time, Langford never got a championship opportunity, but in a […]

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