Black History Month: Jack Johnson Wins The World Heavyweight Title in 1908
January 27, 2020 2:14PM EST
On December 26th, 1908, Jack Johnson became the first African American to win the world heavyweight title when he knocked out Canadian Tommy Burns in the 14th round in a championship bout near Sydney, Australia. Johnson, who held the heavyweight title until 1915, was reviled by whites for his defiance of the “Jim Crow” racial conventions of early 20th-century America. The boxer that is still remembered by many as the greatest defensive boxer in heavyweight history.