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Jess Willard

Jess Willard (December 29, 1881December 15, 1968[1]) was an American boxer. He was the heavyweight best puncher in the world from 1915 to 1919. When Jack Johnson was the Black world champion, Willard was one of the many "White Hopes" who wanted to take the title. He succeeded when he beat Johnson by a 26th round out-cold punch in Cuba in 1915. He fought to keep the title and won once before losing it to Jack Dempsey in 1919.


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Preceded by
Jack Johnson
Heavyweight boxing champion
Succeeded by
Jack Dempsey