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Boxing symbolizes a form of Jewish strength like no other modern martial art as this sport has a long tradition of Jewish boxers. As early as the late 18th century, the Sephardic Jew Daniel Mendoza dominated the beginnings of professional boxing in England. Jewish boxers experienced a second peak in the first half of the 20th century in the United States where boxing as an individual sport was a means of social advancement.

1. Beginnings

Modern boxing developed in the Great Britain of the 17th and 18th centuries. In …

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Martin Krauß, Berlin, “Boxing”, in: Encyclopedia of Jewish History and Culture Online, Original German Language Edition: Enzyklopädie Jüdischer Geschichte und Kultur. Im Auftrag der Sächsischen Akademie der Wissenschaften zu Leipzig herausgegeben von Dan Diner. © J.B. Metzler, Stuttgart/Springer-Verlag GmbH Deutschland 2011–2017. Consulted online on 04 December 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2468-8894_ejhc_COM_0114>
First published online: 2017
First print edition: 20170409

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