Boxing looked as if it would spring up in Detroit as early as 1900: heavyweight champ Jim Jeffries and future heavyweight champ Tommy Burns fought that year. With the emergence of Joe Louis within the 1930s and Thomas Mearns within the late 1970s, Motown enjoyed surges of interest within the sport. On the crack of dawn of a new millenium, the presence of three casinos has given the game some other revival of interest within the city.
Metro Detroit Boxing showcases over 180 photographs that reveal not only the personalities who have enlivened the game within the Detroit area, but in addition the places during which boxers, trainers, managers, and promoters fought, trained, lived, worked, and recreated. Photographs include where Joe Louis went to college, trained, and fought. Quite a lot of boxing celebrities, including Muhammad Ali, are caught for the camera, socializing with eminent politicians and other figures of the day.