By Gary “Digital” Williams
The first African-American boxer to hold a world championship in the gloved era of boxing –“The Old Master” Joe Gans will be honored with a fundraiser on Friday, February 26. The event will be held at the Sports Legends Museum at Camden Yards in his hometown of Baltimore, MD from 8 to 11 PM. Funds from the event will go towards the creation of a wax statue to honor Gans. Tickets for the event are $50 for General Admission and $100 for VIP tickets. VIP tickets allow you to spend some time with some of the many celebrities that are slated for the event.
For nine years (1900-1909), Gans ruled the lightweight division. Some sources list his record as 138-10-15 with 96 KO’s, however a recent biography of Gans claims there are many more bouts and victories that need to be recorded.
The celebrity lists includes Showtime Boxing commentator Al Bernstein, Clayton Le Boeuf, star of the NBC series Homicide: Life on the Street (which was set in Baltimore), Beltway Boxing legends Vincent Pettway and William Joppy and members of the Baltimore Orioles and Baltimore Colts.
Also, Colleen Aycock, the co-author of the Joe Gans biography will be there and she must be commended for her work on bringing Joe Gans’s name back to prominence.
For event ticket sales, please contact Whitney Edmonds, (410) 727-1539 ext 3033.