- Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 21, 2018Johnson was the first black heavyweight champion of the world.
The Texas brawler, who typically picked off opponents as they exhausted, claimed a resounding victory in the "Fight of the Century", a bout against former champion James Jeffries, amid huge racial tensions.
Today, the conviction is seen as Jim-Crow-era racism, something that should've never happened. The authorities then found another white witness, Belle Schreiber, how testified against Johnson. Jess Myron Willard was capable of beating Johnson in Havana, Cuba, in April 1915 in the 26th round, the New York Post reported.
"Johnson knocked out Frank Owens... in the last round of a six round bout, and after a few minutes intermission took on a fresh opponent", the newspaper said. President Donald Trump said he would consider a "full pardon" for the first black heavyweight boxing champion.
Lawyers for the Justice Department at the time argued that Johnson's relationship with a white woman was a "crime against nature".
Chastised for his relationships - each of his three wives were white - Johnson was found guilty in 1913 of violating the Mann Act, a law which prevented the transport of women across state lines for an "immoral goal".
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Critics say the Mann Act, which was meant to prevent human trafficking, was used to punish African-Americans and political dissenters. Johnson fled the country but he agreed years to reunite and serve an 10-month prison sentence.
Trump is considering a pardon for boxer Jack Johnson. John McCain, R-Ariz., and former Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., have been pushing Johnson's case for years.
Does Trump have the power to post-humously pardon Johnson?
Haywood said she was optimistic that Trump would follow through, but she was trying to keep her excitement at bay until she knew for a fact that he would give Johnson the pardon.
Posthumous pardons are rarely given, but they occurred from time to time. "The policy against processing posthumous pardon petitions is grounded in the belief that the time of the officials involved in the clemency process is better spent on the pardon and commutation requests of living persons".