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This is longform article so may take a while and in parts regurgitates but is a quite interesting arcane bit of boxing history

"In 1905, at the dawn of America’s empire under Teddy Roosevelt, a black sailor and a Jewish sailor boxed in a makeshift ring on the deck of a U.S. Navy ship. What was intended to be entertainment for hundreds of idle soldiers instead turned into a tragedy, marking a pivotal, if overlooked, moment in the history of race in the American military."

 

https://www.buzzfeed.com/aramroston/the-lost-history-of-a-deadly-boxing-match-on-the-uss-yankee?utm_term=.bvV9LZZXJ#.wrqvgxxAX

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