Who was the first Boxing World Champion from Africa? Why do so few people know his name?
Sadly few know his name even in Africa because Battling Siki was a world Champion during the colonial era and so his world title is recorded as belonging to his colonial ruler.
Siki faced severe racism during his career, but used the very thing used against him to promote himself and his fights. He also stood up to racism at a time when few did.
Ultimately he paid the ultimate price for refusing to throw a fight and was shot in a New York Street aged 28. He was buried in New York, but in 1993 his remains were returned to Senegal.
Is it time his world title was too?
Director : Ashley Malcolm Morrison