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8:12 am
Fri December 20, 2013

Tommy Campbell: The Greatest Kansas City Boxer You've Never Heard Of

Tommy Campbell was known as the "Chocolate Ice Cube."
Courtesy of Phil Dixon

In the late 1940s and early 50’s, Kansas City, Kan., native Tommy Campbell became the world’s number-two-ranked lightweight fighter. He won almost as many fights as Muhammad Ali, but his boxing career was cut short when he stood up against mob-controlled promoters and boxing matchmakers.

Author Phil Dixon, tells Campbell's story in his upcoming book Tommy Campbell: A Boxing Bout with the Mob.

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