Trump grants posthumous pardon to boxing legend Jack Johnson

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Johnson wouldn't fight for another two years and, soon afterward, was arrested on trumped-up charges of violating the Mann Act by transporting women across state lines for immoral purposes, which got him a year's prison sentence.

Johnson, who captured the title in 1908 and defended it with a famed 1910 victory over former champion James J Jeffries in a bout dubbed the Fight of the Century, was regarded as a master of defense and ring generalship. In 1920, he returned to the U.S. and served almost a year in jail.

A picture of Trump signing the pardon also appeared to show Wilder's championship belt sitting on the president's desk.

"It's my honour to do it. A wrong was corrected for something that should never have happened, and of all of the presidents, Donald Trump was the one to do it", Wilder said.

"He represented something that was both very handsome and very bad at the same time", Trump said.

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The president pardoned the late boxer Jack Johnson, the first African-American heavyweight champion of the sport.

Stallone posted on Instagram, thanking everyone for the support in getting Johnson pardoned. "Others have looked at this over the years, most thought it would be done, but yes, I am considering a Full Pardon!"

That was actually before she spoke to the Sun-Times in early May about the possibility of a pardon - but Johnson said she had been sworn to secrecy. John McCain and former Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid had failed to convince previous presidents to do the right thing and pardon the former heavyweight champion.

"To the president, Mr. Stallone said, 'It's incredible you've done this.' Sen".

Trump issued an executive grant of clemency to John Arthur "Jack" Johnson, the first African American heavyweight champion of the world, for a Mann Act conviction.

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Stallone and former heavyweight champion Lennox Lewis joined Trump for the ceremony. Johnson later married the woman.

Johnson's persona and race led to harsh coverage from newspapers over the years, which only served to further a negative image of the fighter.

In light of these facts and in recognition of his historic athletic achievements and contributions to society, the President believes Jack Johnson is worthy of a posthumous pardon. "President Trump's action today finally closes a shameful chapter in our nation's history and marks a milestone that the American people can and should be proud of".

In 1946, he died in a auto crash. He had been accompanied by Lucille Cameron, a white woman who later became his wife. His reign included his knockout in 1910 of the so-called Great White Hope, former champion James J. Jeffries, which prompted race riots in dozens of USA cities.

Presidential pardons for people who are deceased are extremely rare.

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