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Rubin Carter was a middleweight boxing champion once ranked as a top contender in the early 1960s. Nicknamed “Hurricane” for the speed and impact his punches could deliver, Carter stood at a mere 5 feet 8 inches, yet made a striking impression with his muscular build and commanding presence.

Carter’s boxing fame was eclipsed by a controversial and racially biased murder trial in 1966. His conviction put him in prison for nearly 20 years, despite the lack of physical evidence linking him to the crime. He staunchly maintained his innocence and penned the autobiography The 16th Round: From Number One Contender to Number 45472 while in prison. The book shed light on the complex psychological struggle he endured to maintain his integrity not only in prison but also as a black man living in America.