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How a White Jewish Boxer Made African-American Sports History

By On August 9, 2017

He’s not a household name anymore, but in 1908, John Arthur “Jack” Johnson of Galveston, Texas, became the first African-American heavyweight champion of the world. And to whom did he credit his… Read More

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This Orthodox Jewish Prizefighter Wrote a Kids’ Book

By On February 2, 2017

Trying to teach your kid the ABCs while instilling in them a passion for boxing? Orthodox Jewish prizefighter Dmitriy Salita has just the book for you. The Brooklyn-based welterweight’s new children’s book… Read More

Muhammad Ali's Little-Known Jewish Past
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Muhammad Ali’s Little-Known Jewish Side

By On June 5, 2016

It’s become something of a cliche for the Jewish press, upon hearing of a cultural icon’s death, to explore his or her “Jewish side.” But in the case of Muhammad Ali, it’s… Read More

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The Rising (Jewish) Star of Professional Boxing

By On February 5, 2015

A muskeljude of the modern era, Dustin Fleischer wants to fight with the weight of history on his back—and in his fists. The “White Tiger”—so dubbed for his background in martial arts—is… Read More

Miguel Cotto
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The Puerto Rican Boxer With the Kosher Tattoo

By On October 21, 2014

Pro boxers don’t usually wear their sponsorship on their sleeves – but Puerto Rican fighter Miguel Cotto wears his on his neck. Er, scratch that – the Orthodox Union hechsher tattooed on the light middleweight boxer’s trapezius… Read More

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The First Jewish Boxer

By On August 1, 2013

Many of us know that Jews were a significant presence in the boxing world from the 1920s to the 1940s, but few realize that they followed in the footsteps of an 18th-century British fighter… Read More

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Pulling Punches

By On December 1, 2011

The new documentary Star in the Ring captures the Golden Age of Jewish boxing, even as the era’s last remaining greats are almost gone. “I only lost two or three fights,” says Izzy Zerling, a… Read More