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John Arthur ("Jack") Johnson (March 31, 1878 – June 10, 1946), nicknamed the “Galveston Giant,” was an American boxer. At the height of the Jim Crow era, Johnson became the first African American world heavyweight boxing champion (1908–1915). In a documentary about his life, Ken Burns notes, "for more than thirteen years, Jack Johnson was the most famous and the most notorious African-American on Earth." Johnson attests that his success in boxing came from the coaching he received from Joe Choynski, whom became his cellmate after the pair were arrested for fighting in Texas; where boxing was illegal at the time. The ageing Choynski saw natural talent and determination in Johnson and taught him the nuances of defense; stating A man who can move like you should never have to take a punch.
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