Jack Johnson. Not the singer, the black heavyweight champion of the world. Dates back to the roaring 20's I believe.
That would be Jack Johnson, who captured the crown in 1908.
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First Hispanic World Heavyweight ChampJohn Ruiz, former two-time WBA World Heavyweight champion, although he was born in Methuen, Massachusetts.
Jack Johnson was World Champion from 1908 - 1915 but the establishment tried to have a "white heavyweight championship" during that time, but no one took it seriously.
Since the glove era, John L. Sullivan was the 1st. He was also the last bareknuckle Heavyweight Champion as well.
The boxing world was shaken in 1908 as Jack Johnson knocked out heavyweight champion Tommy Burns in the 14th round. It is considered a major boxing event because Johnson was the first Black man to win the heavyweight title.
Jack Johnson was the first black heavy weight boxing champion crowned in1912
Michael spinks was the first reigning light heavyweight champion to move up and claim the world heavyweight title. bob fitzsimmons won the heavyweight title before winning the lt heavy crown.
In the boxing context Tommy Burns was a world heavyweight champion who was the first white boxer to agree to fight a black boxer for the world title. On Boxing Day 1908 he lost his title to Jack Johnson who became the first ever black heavyweight champion of the world. Johnson was not the first black champion as many books say. tHAT HONOUR GOES TO First Black man to win a world boxing title; held three world boxing titles: paperweight, bantamweight and featherweight; invented shadow boxing and the suspended punching bag; fought in the world's longest fight.
John Lawrence Sullivan, also known as the Boston Strong Boy, is known for being the first Heavyweight Champion of gloved boxing from 1882 to 1892. He is also recognized as the last heavyweight champion of bare-knuckle boxing under the London Prize Ring Rules.
A total of three American men held the title of Heavyweight Boxing Champion in the year 1994. They were Evander Holyfield, Michael Moorer, and Oliver McCall. Additionally, Herbie Hide was a British Heavyweight Boxing Champion in that year.
Currently the World Heavyweight Champion is Sheamus. It is his first run as World Heavyweight Champion.