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I Fight for a LivingBoxing and the Battle for Black Manhood, 1880-1915$
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Louis Moore

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780252041341

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: May 2018

DOI: 10.5622/illinois/9780252041341.001.0001

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Black Men and the Business of Boxing

Black Men and the Business of Boxing

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(p.65) 3 Black Men and the Business of Boxing
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I Fight for a Living
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Louis Moore

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University of Illinois Press
DOI:10.5622/illinois/9780252041341.003.0004

To understand blacks’ role in prizefighting we must understand the role race and racism played in the business of boxing and black men’s quest for manhood within this racially restrictive business. No matter the era, if a black man wanted to find work, he stood at the mercy of white men. Despite the tight grip whites had on boxing, black fighters tried to carve out a space of manly independence. These men understood the central importance of their black bodies in the business of boxing and used that knowledge to get the most from the sport, their manager, and athletic clubs.

Keywords:   Business of boxing, Manly independence, Prizefighting, Jack Johnson, Black ownership

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