>Well - except for John Henry Lewis, how many black boxers did Louis fight
>prior to the War.
>Ciao, Mike DeLisa
during that time? Ezzard Charles didn't turn pro until 1939, and Joe
Walcott got his shots while still at or near his prime.
When saying that Jack Demspey ducked black fighters it's more
specific. Dempsey refused to fight Harry Wills, the #1 contender and
mandated defense for two years, largely because of the color of his skin.
"I never was in favor of mixed bouts...
Willard squelched the Colored heavyweight
division when he squelched Jack Johnson
in Cuba. Why ressurect it again?"
--Jack Kearns, manager of Jack Dempsey
quoted in New York Age 10/5/18