Joe Gans: A Biography of the First African American World Boxing Champion

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Joe Gans captured the world lightweight title in 1902, becoming the first black American world title holder in any sport. Gans was a master strategist and tactician, and one the earliest practitioners of "scientific" boxing. As a black champion reigning during the Jim Crow era, he endured physical assaults, a stolen title, bankruptcy, and numerous attempts to destroy his reputation. Four short years after successfully defending his title in the 42-round "Greatest Fight of the Century," Joe Gans was dead of tuberculosis.

This biography features original round-by-round ringside telegraph reports of his most famous and controversial fights, a complete fight history, photographs, and early newspaper drawings and cartoons.

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Colleen Aycock's father was a professional fighter during the Depression. She lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Mark Scott, a novelist and former Golden Glove boxer, lives in Austin, Texas.

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Colleen Aycock and Mark Scott, and the McFarland Press, deserve our warm thanks in spotlighting the short, but singular, career of one of America's least well-known athletes, a lightweight boxer named Joe Gans....the various chapters of this biography are like a collection of Somerset Maugham short stories.... But the real value of Joe Gans is that the story line is gripping and is well-flavored with historical nuggets. --SCOTT A.G.M. CRAWFORD, Eastern Illinois U., 2008

"wonderful...expertly crafted...it is quite simply one of the most engrossing boxing books I have ever read...highly recommend[ed]"--BoxingTalk; "compelling and informative...a first-rate account of the life and times of Gans...a wonderful book, which rightly gives Joe Gans the respect and admiration he so richly deserves"--Examiner.com; "Colleen Aycock and Mark Scott, and McFarland, deserve our warm thanks in spotlighting the short, but singular, career of one of America's least well-known athletes, a lightweight boxer named Joe Gans...[who] became the first black American world-title holder in any sport."--Journal of Sport History; "finally! Someone has written a book about boxing's first African American world champion...marvelous...well written...very enjoyable and educational...highly recommend"--International Boxing Research Organization; "the most thorough and meticulously researched volume on this fighter to date...a must-have...interesting and informative...very detailed"--Cyber Boxing Zone; "probably nobody knows more about Joe Gans than Aycock"--Albuquerque Journal and Mas New Mexico.

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