Battling Siki: A Tale of Ring Fixes, Race, and Murder in the 1920s

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University of Arkansas Press, Jun 2, 2008 - Biography & Autobiography - 343 pages
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Battling Siki (1887-1925) was one of the four or five most recognizable black men in the world and was written about by a host of great writers, including George Bernard Shaw, Ring Lardner, Damon Runyon, Janet Flanner, and Ernest Hemingway. Peter Benson's lively biography of the first African to win a world championship in boxing delves into the complex world of sports, race, colonialism, and the cult of personality in the early twentieth century, beautifully capturing Siki's amazing boxing career and shedding new light on the scandal surrounding him. Book jacket.
 

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Contents

The Savage Battler and Clever Little Mike
1
The Wild Man of the Boulevards
23
The Leopard his Spots the Ethiopian his Skin
47
A FirstClass Fighting Man
73
Tough Luck
89
A Hero Perhaps
111
The Phantom Fighters at Salle Wagram
125
YesWe Have No Bananas
151
Apes and Peacocks
197
Trop de Cinema
229
Tagged
257
Afterword
275
Notes
287
Works Cited
325
Index
335
Copyright

I No Fight
175

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About the author (2008)

Peter Benson is professor of English at Fairleigh Dickinson University, the author of Black Orpheus, Transition, and Modern Cultural Awakening in Africa, and an avid boxing fan.

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