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Boxers of the Golden Age

Americans loved boxing in the 1920s and '30s. Every immigrant neighborhood had its champion, and boxing was a flag of racial or ethnic pride. According to writer Jack Newfield, "rivalries [were] built on ethnic tension, and you could get ten thousand people for a fight between two neighborhood heroes."

Harry E. Winkler, correspondent for The Ring magazine from 1939 to 1953, collected thousands of boxing images from this Golden Age. Browse a gallery of portraits from the Harry E. Winkler Photograph Collection at the University of Notre Dame, and meet some of America's storied boxers.

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