1908-10-01 On signing to meet Tommy Burns, Jack Johnson would become the first black man allowed to contest the world heavyweight title, thus ushering in what I would recognise as the start of the modern era

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1908-10-01 On signing to meet [[Tommy Burns]], [[Jack Johnson]] would become the first black man allowed to contest the world heavyweight title, thus ushering in what I would recognise as the modern era. Prior to this contest taking place, most champions had the 'Colour Bar' in place, as well as certain parts of the boxing world not wishing to have a fight between black and white men staged on their territory
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1908-10-01 On signing to meet [[Tommy Burns]], [[Jack Johnson]] would become the first black man allowed to contest the world heavyweight title, thus ushering in what I would recognise as the start of the modern era. Prior to this contest taking place, most champions had the 'Colour Bar' in place, as well as certain parts of the boxing world not wishing to have a fight between black and white men staged on their territory
  
 
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Latest revision as of 13:07, 9 May 2012

1908-10-01 On signing to meet Tommy Burns, Jack Johnson would become the first black man allowed to contest the world heavyweight title, thus ushering in what I would recognise as the start of the modern era. Prior to this contest taking place, most champions had the 'Colour Bar' in place, as well as certain parts of the boxing world not wishing to have a fight between black and white men staged on their territory

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