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Old 09-17-2007, 04:04 PM   #25
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Default Re: Care to speculate on what may have been different for these guys if they were white?

Originally Posted by McGrain
Sam Langford

Muhammad Ali

Chris Byrd

What, if anything, would heave been different about their careers?
Sam Langford would verry likley have been the champion at some point if he had been white. It would just have been a matter of Jack Johnson geting old enough and Johnson would not have been able to avoid him.

Muhamad Ali would have been even bigger than he was at the box office but might not have become as much of a cultural icon. It is quite likley that he would not have been drafted as the draft boards were notorious for selecting young outspoken black men.

Chris Byrd as a white American beltholder could have been a superstar. Especialy given that he gave up a lot of weight to his oponents.
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