Jack Johnson: never a dull moment

I'm not sure I've ever read a dull page about Jack Johnson, the first black heavyweight champion (1908-1915). His life was every bit as interesting as an an ex-champ as when he was on top; in fact, one of my toughest tasks in writing my Johnson chapter was having to cut so much interesting stuff about him, especially his time in Europe and Mexico before he surrendered to American authorities in 1921 (after being convicted in 1913 for violating the Mann Act, he had fled the United States). Here's an article about just one of his adventures: squaring off against Dadaist poet Arthur Cravan--Oscar Wilde's nephew!

Johnson v. Cravan, Barcelona 1916.  Photo:  Josep Maria Co de Triola, AFCEC