Black and White: The Birth of Modern Boxing is the definitive
history of the early years of transatlantic pugilism. It reveals
the poisonous racism disfiguring the sport and the black boxers
fighting an uphill struggle for equality. It lays bare ugly
attempts by authorities to stifle or ban a sport that millions
flocked to see, and exposes the unethical actions of distinguished
figures such as Lord Lonsdale and Sir Winston Churchill. Black and
White brings to life some of the greatest fights in history as the
narrative charts boxing's growth from underground sleaze to
fashionable spectacle. Along the way we hear the stories of the
great champions of the era including Jack Dempsey, Jack Johnson,
Jimmy Wilde and Ted 'Kid' Lewis. The book culminates in the 'Fight
of the Century', where a gallant European and an unpopular American
battled for supremacy as the world looked on with trepidation.
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