- The greatest boxing match in the 20th century was won by a Black man named Joe Gans
- Joe Gans, the winner was the first-ever world boxing champion who was Black
- The great boxer died shortly after defending the coveted title
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Joe Gans was the very first African-American person to win a world title, and he did so in the boxing sport in 1902.
At the time when he defeated Eddie Connolly, who was the former World Welterweight Champion, Joe Gans became the greatest Lightweight boxer of all-time.
BlackHistory.com reports that Gans was referred to as one of the first people in history who practised what is termed as 'scientific' boxing.
Gan was well known for being very strategic and tactful in his art.
It is reported that Gans had to face and endure several counts of physical assaults, many attempts to slander his reputation, bankruptcy and a stolen title.
Joe Gans, the history-maker, started off his professional boxing career early in 1891 in Baltimore, Maryland. Impressively, the champion's weight was not up to 137 pounds.
He was well versed in the art of studying the opponent's strengths and weaknesses and capitalizing on his own strengths to defeat them.
Joe's tactful and calculated manner in which he went about the game earned him great respect around the globe.
His biggest bout was in 1906 when he defended the world title he won in 1902. In that 1906 bout, Joe had to endure 42 challenging rounds in a bout that was rated the greatest fight of the century.
Sadly, Joe died in August 1910 after suffering from tuberculosis.
Meanwhile, the man who invented the mobile technology everyone holds in their hand was a Black man by name Jesse Eugene Russell.
According to a news report gathered, at the time of the groundbreaking invention, telecommunication devices could not be moved around freely though they were termed 'mobile' phones.
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