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Black heavyweight champion Jack Johnson, right, beat James Jeffries in 1910, sparking racial violence. George Haley, San Francisco Call, via University of California, Riverside, via Library of Congress

When a Black boxing champion beat the ‘Great White Hope,’ all hell broke loose

Johnson’s victory, in the manliest of sports, contradicted claims of racial supremacy by whites and demonstrated that Blacks were no longer willing to acquiesce to white dominance.
Former South African President Nelson Mandela with former American world boxing champion Marvin Hagler. The undated photo was taken after Mandela’s release. Louise Gubb/GettyImages

How Mandela stayed fit: from his ‘matchbox’ Soweto home to a prison cell

Prison life is about routine: each day like the one before; each week like the one before it, so that the months and years blend into each other.
Nearly 300,000 people tuned into two live streams on Facebook of the Anthony Mundine-Danny Green fight. AAP/David Mariuz

Fight over live-streamed sport to go on after final bell sounds

Foxtel’s high-priced oligopolistic control over Australian pay TV has again clashed with the demands of sport fans and the increasingly sophisticated capture and relay technologies available to them.
Bombardier (right), the reigning champion and ‘King of the Arenas’, prepares to defend his crown against the popular young challenger Modou Lô. Mark Hann/ Global Sport

Senegalese wrestle with ethnicity while reaching for dreams of success

Wrestling is Senegal’s national sport. But the presence of an ethnic discourse within the sporting arena may well threaten the notion of the multi-ethnic nation state.

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