Sylvester Stallone has won the World Boxing Council’s Man of the Year Award for his determined and persistent efforts in convincing President Donald Trump to grant and sign Jack Johnson a full postumous pardon, quashing a racially motivated criminal conviction.
But it was Jack’s jet lagged Great Niece Linda Hayward, who gave a magnificent speech to the World Boxing Convention in Kiev, after a grueling fifteen hour flight.
Linda who like Jack is fearless and charismatic, presented a copy of the Official Pardon signed by President Trump to Mauricio Sulaiman, who’d accompanied her to the Oval Office along with Deontay Wilder, Lennox Lewis and Sylvester Stallone.
Linda said: “I’m so overwhelmingly grateful and honored to be here. I want to thank all of you for honoring my Uncle. He paved the way for other champions to follow. It is my hope to establish a foundation in his name.”