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The Longest Fight

Updated: June 29, 2012, 5:11 PM ET

Before there was Mike Tyson, before there was Muhammed Ali, before there was Jack Johnson, there was Joe Gans - boxing's first African-American champion. Many people came to Goldfield, Nevada, America’s last gold-rush town, to seek their fortune. However, on a searing summer day in September 1906, they came not to strike it rich but to watch what would become the longest boxing match of the twentieth century—between Gans and "Battling" Nelson, a vicious and dirty brawler. It was a match billed ...

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