Name: JOHNSON, JACK & TUFFY GRIFFITHS WIRE PHOTO (SPARRING-1930)
History: John Arthur ("Jack") Johnson (March 31, 1878 – June 10, 1946), nicknamed the “Galveston Giant,” was an American boxer. At the height of the Jim Crow era, Johnson became the first African American world heavyweight boxing champion (1908–1915). In a documentary about his life, Ken Burns notes, "for more than thirteen years, Jack Johnson was the most famous and the most notorious African-American on Earth." Johnson attests that his success in boxing came from the coaching he received from Joe Choynski, who became his cellmate after the pair were arrested for fighting in Texas, where boxing was illegal at the time. The aging Choynski saw natural talent and determination in Johnson and taught him the nuances of defense, stating "A man who can move like you should never have to take a punch". He is considered a boxing legend and was the first person ever to knock down James J. Jeffries in a professional boxing bout. Their fight is to this day considered a seminal moment in boxing history. In his career Johnson posted victories over Tommy Burns, Stanley Ketchel, Al Kaufmann, Fireman Jim Flynn and Frank Moran. He lost his heavyweight title in 1915 in Havana, Cuba to Jess Willard. Offered here is an original, first generation wire photo of Jack Johnson and heavyweight Tuffy Griffiths sparring in Chicago on December 8, 1930 as Griffiths prepared for his upcoming fight with Young Stribling.
Full description: This is an original International News Photos wire photo with their stamp and caption on the back. Bold, clear image. Clean front and back. Mild crease in upper right corner. Minor edge wear. Mild compressions. 6" x 8." Rare, the first time we have offered this image.
Size: 6 x 8
Categories: Antique Photographs (Pre-1930) - Johnson, Jack -
Condition: very good
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