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Trump considering pardon for boxer Jack Johnson

23 April 2018, 05:40 | Bernice Figueroa

Pablo Martinez Monsivais AP

Pablo Martinez Monsivais  AP

"Sylvester Stallone referred to as me with the story of heavyweight boxing champion Jack Johnson", the president tweeted Saturday.

Said Trump: "His trials and tribulations were great, his life complex and controversial", Trump wrote from his Mar-a-Lago club in Florida. "Others have checked out this through the years, most thought it could be carried out, however sure, I'm contemplating a Full Pardon!" The White Home didn't say when the decision occurred, however Trump and Stallone have been acquaintances for years.

Seen by many at the time as the "Great White Hope," Jeffries threw in the towel in round 15 of 45 as Johnson toyed with him in front of 15,000 boxing fans in Reno, Nevada.

Stallone is the American actor who has played Rocky Balboa in the popular "Rocky" movie series. A film version with Jones was released in 1970.

The son of former slaves, he defeated Tommy Burns for the heavyweight title in 1908 at a time when blacks and whites rarely entered the same ring. According to a contemporary report in The Dallas Express, Johnson's fights were the showpiece of a Thanksgiving Day event organized by the prison's warden. Long before that, however, he'd already established himself not only as the polarizing subject of the Mann Act violation but, even more prominently, as a champion of the black community in boxing.

Chastised for his relationships - each of his three wives were white - Johnson was found guilty in 1913 of violating the Mann Act, a law which prevented the transport of women across state lines for an "immoral goal". Cameron did not cooperate.

But they found another white witness, Belle Schreiber, to testify against him. After his conviction, Johnson fled the country. Johnson served one year in prison.

15th February 1924: American boxer, Jack Johnson (1878-1946) with his wife.

Johnson, a boxing legend and major figure in 20th-century sports, bucked racial barriers and racism until his death in 1946. It took the all-white jury less than two hours to convict him. The conviction ruined Johnson's carrier. Peter King and Gregory Meeks, petitioned the Obama administration to grant a pardon to Johnson. Johnson was heavyweight champion from 1908 to 1915, a reign that included his knockout in 1910 of the so-called Great White Hope, former champion James J. Jeffries, which prompted race riots in dozens of US cities.

Johnson's family sought out the first Black President in hopes that he would be the one to pardon Johnson posthumously and tried to submit the paper work for procession.

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