Fighter Joe Gans took his swings and became boxing’s first African-American champion

Joe Gans earned the respect of boxing historians who called him the greatest lightweight boxer of all time. Born in Baltimore and known as the Old Master, he fought from 1891 to 1909. He held the title of World Lightweight Champion from 1902 to 1904 and 1906 to 1908.

As a young man, Gans worked cleaning fish and shucking oysters for seafood dealer Caleb Bond at the old Fish Market on Market Place.

Gans took on Oscar “Battling” Nelson in a highly publicized contest in Goldfield,…

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