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Boxing's black eye

Everybody talks about the declining population of black baseball players. But what about the decline of black boxers?

Updated: August 4, 2008, 7:24 PM ET
By Scoop Jackson | Page 2

The race-related talk for the last few years has been all about baseball. So many concerns, so little activity, so waiting on results.

The decline of the black ballplayer seems to be the new epidemic: The sport that changed racial relations and acceptance in America has an African-American population of around 8 percent, less than half of what it was in 1997 (17 percent).

But with all the concern about the lack of blacks in baseball, another plague has slipped under the race radar ...

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