Boxing seemed to spring up in Detroit as early as 1900: heavyweight
champ Jim Jeffries and future heavyweight champ Tommy Burns fought
that year. With the emergence of Joe Louis in the 1930s and Thomas
Mearns in the late 1970s, Motown enjoyed surges of interest in the
sport. At the dawn of a new millenium, the presence of three
casinos has given the sport another revival of interest in the
Metro Detroit Boxing showcases over 180 photographs that reveal
not only the personalities who have enlivened the sport in the
Detroit area, but also the places in which boxers, trainers,
managers, and promoters fought, trained, lived, worked, and
recreated. Photographs include where Joe Louis went to school,
trained, and fought. Various boxing celebrities, including Muhammad
Ali, are caught for the camera, socializing with eminent
politicians and other figures of the day.
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