"A black Italian who fought with the British army in the First World War then defied Mussolini’s wrath to win a European boxing title in Rome has finally been honoured in his homeland with a film about his life." Sunday Times
Thanks to Julie Ward MEP for sending me these links to a new film about a remarkable Congolese/Italian boxer
"Leone Jacovacci (a.k.a. John Douglas Walker and Jack Walker) was born in 1902 in the village of Pombo in the then Belgian Congo (now Democratic Republic of the Congo), the son of an Italian man and a Congolese woman. He was raised in Italy which was rough for him, given that he was bi-racial, and as a result, in his late teens, found himself in England where he reinvented himself as John Douglas Walker, added a couple of years to his age, and enlisted in the 53rd Battalion of the Bedfordshire Regiment of the British Army. "
Having returned to Italy and taken up boxing...
"For two years, under his real name, Jacovacci won just about every match, becoming both the Italian and European middleweight champion - a development that further enraged Italy's racist fascists. Although Jacovacci worked to ingratiate himself with the government by joining the National Fascist Party, many officials hated the fact that an Afro-Italian was the nation's top boxer."
More here: https://shadowandact.com/teaser-documentary-on-leone-jacovacci-1920s-black-italian-boxer-who-took-a-swing-at-fascism/