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Johnson boxed, lived on his own terms

Updated: October 20, 2005, 2:46 PM ET
By Ron Flatter | Special to ESPN.com

Easy question: Who was the man named Jack who broke a color barrier in sports?

Harder question: Name another.

Harder because it happened so long ago. But in 1908, 39 years before Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier in major league baseball, there was Jack Johnson -- the first black man to hold the world heavyweight championship.

Johnson is still considered one of the best, most powerful counter-punchers who ever stepped in a ring. Once he won the title, ...

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