The turn-of-the-century fighter, considered the greatest lightweight ever, grew up on Argyle Avenue in Baltimore to be the first black American world champion. A crafty, scientific boxer, Gans held the title from 1902 to 1908, once defending his crown with a 42-round win. He scored 145 victories, with 100 knockouts and only 10 losses. A member of two boxing halls of fame, he died of tuberculosis in 1910.
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