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‘In the Ring with Jack Johnson – Part II: The Reign’ to be Released May 2015

by on Apr.01, 2015, under Boxing News

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In the Ring With Jack Johnson – Part II: The Reign by Adam J. Pollack continues the series of the most detailed and thorough books ever written on Jack Johnson. This 878-page book completely covers Jack Johnson’s reign and life as world heavyweight champion.

As with Part I: The Rise, by utilizing multiple primary-sources, Part II: The Reign enables the reader to experience Jack Johnson’s life, both inside and outside the ring, and the world in which he lived. Both black and white-owned newspapers offer their plethora of perspectives on race and boxing. The book includes pre-fight hype and analysis, training, the fights, post-fight analysis, what other boxers were doing, racial incidents and riots, analysis of the significant racial impact of Johnson’s achievements, legal impediments, religious and racial objections, and the details of Johnson’s many legal struggles, including a chapter covering his criminal trial for violation of the White-Slave Traffic Act, otherwise known as the Mann Act. The book also is chock-full of nearly 400 rare photographs, cartoons, and advertisements. Boxing fans and historians will obtain knowledge and insight into Jack Johnson’s life, career, and world like never before.

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In the Ring With Jack Johnson – Part I: The Rise Inbox

by on Dec.11, 2013, under Boxing News

 

In the Ring With Jack Johnson  Part I The Rise front cover

At 710 pages, In the Ring With Jack Johnson – Part I: The Rise is the most detailed and thorough book ever written on Jack Johnson. This book alone (the first of two on Johnson) covers the start of Jack Johnson’s career up to his winning the world heavyweight championship. It is chock-full of detailed descriptions of each bout from multiple local next-day primary sources. The book also contains plenty of context and background, details and perspectives about race from both white and black-owned newspapers, as well as approximately 225 rare photographs, cartoons, and advertisements. Boxing fans will obtain knowledge and insight into Jack Johnson’s life and career like never before.

This is the seventh book in Adam J. Pollack’s series on the heavyweight champions of the gloved era, which include: John L. Sullivan: The Career of the First Gloved Heavyweight Champion, In the Ring With James J. Corbett, In the Ring With Bob Fitzsimmons, In the Ring With James J. Jeffries, In the Ring With Marvin Hart, and In the Ring With Tommy Burns. Adam J. Pollack is a boxing judge, referee, and coach, and member of the Boxing Writers Association of America. He is also an attorney practicing law in Iowa City, Iowa.

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Houston Boxing Hall of Fame 2013 Inductees

by on Jul.18, 2013, under Boxing News

By Karl Hegman

 

Termite Watkins, at right, shown here connecting versus Saul Mamby in a fight he lost by UD, is one of the inductees (photo courtesy of St. Petersburg Times)

Termite Watkins, at right, shown here connecting versus Saul Mamby in a fight he lost by UD, is one of the inductees (photo courtesy of St. Petersburg Times)

 

The following is a complete list of the Inaugural Class of the ten 2013 Inductees into the Houston Boxing Hall of Fame as determined by the President and Board of Directors.  Congratulations to the “Eternal Champions” of the Bayou City! (continue reading…)

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Houston Boxing Hall of Fame 2013 Inductees

by on Jul.17, 2013, under Boxing News, Guest Columnists

By Karl Hegman

The following is a complete list of the Inaugural Class of the ten 2013 Inductees into the Houston Boxing Hall of Fame as determined by the President and Board of Directors   Congratulations to the “Eternal Champions” of the Bayou City!

Juan “Baby Bull” Diaz

Marlen Esparza

“Big” George Foreman

Reggie “Sweet” Johnson

Jack “The Galveston Giant” Johnson

Rocky Juarez

Raul “El Diamante” Marquez

“Big” Lou Savarese

Ronnie Shields

Termite Watkins (continue reading…)

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Black History Month Special: ‘Fight of the Century’ — Johnson vs. Jeffries

by on Feb.25, 2013, under Boxing News

By Christopher James Shelton

 

An aged Jim Jeffries (left) is overwhelmed by Jack Johnson

An aged Jim Jeffries (left) is overwhelmed by Jack Johnson

 

Jack Johnson (New York – 10/29/09): “I have been chasing Jeffries across the continent for months. It seems to me to be the old case of Tommy Burns over again. I have to trail people to get them into matches. It is a fact that when traveling had to be done with a view of settling this match, I was the one who has had to go on the journey. I have traveled across the continent from California, just to get Jeffries into a match, and I am the Champion…. Sometimes, I am almost compelled to think that Jeffries is bluffing when he talks of re-entering the ring.”

Through 1907 Jack Johnson had defeated all of the major Black contenders. He had defeated Joe Jeanette, Sam Langford and Sam McVey. He had defeated an earlier group of Black pugilist greats in Denver Ed Martin and Frank Childs. It would be a year campaign of chasing White Champion, Tommy Burns, around the world until he taunted his way into a Championship bout. Johnson accepted that Burns was the recognized Champion, and that the challenger chases the Champion. Johnson accepted the unfair terms of receiving $5000 versus $30,000 for Burns as the price of being an ambitious opponent. But he was not as pleased, as the official ‘Champion’, to be on the chase again. (continue reading…)

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