Tiger Flowers (1895-1927)
@ New Georgia Encyclopedia
DescriptionEncyclopedia article about Tiger Flowers. In 1926 Theodore "Tiger" Flowers became the first black boxer to capture the world middleweight championship. He was the first African American after Jack Johnson to challenge for a world title. Flowers helped to reform the image of black prizefighters, prefiguring the great Joe Louis with his ability to garner broad support among both whites and blacks.
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