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BLACK SOCIAL HISTORY : AFRO-CANADIAN " GEORGE DIXON " WAS A BLACK CANADIAN PROFESSIONAL BOXER AND THE FIRSY BLACK WORLD BOXING CHAMPION IN ANY WEIGHT CLASS : GOES INTO THE " HALL OF BLACK GENIUS "

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George Dixon (boxer)



George Dixon
George Dixon boxer.jpg
Statistics
Real nameGeorge Dixon
Nickname(s)Little Chocolate
Rated atBantamweight
Featherweight
Height5 ft 3.5 in (1.61 m)
Reach69 12 in (177 cm)
NationalityCanada Canadian
BornJuly 29, 1870
HalifaxNova ScotiaCanada
DiedJanuary 6, 1908 (aged 37)
StanceOrthodox
Boxing record
Total fights163
Wins73
Wins by KO36
Losses30
Draws55
No contests6
George Dixon (July 29, 1870 – January 6, 1908) was a Black Canadian professional boxer and the first black world boxing champion in any weight class, while also being the first ever Canadian-born boxing champion. Ring Magazine founder Nat Fleischer ranked Dixon as the #1 Featherweight of all-time. Dixon was inducted into the Ring Magazine Hall of Fame in 1956 and the International Boxing Hall of Fame as a first-class inductee in 1990, he was also made a member of Canada's Sports Hall of Fame in 1955.[1]

Boxing career

Dixon was born in AfricvilleHalifaxNova Scotia. Known as "Little Chocolate," he stood 5 feet 3.5 inches (1.613 m) tall and weighed only 87 pounds (39 kg) when he began his professional boxing career. Dixon claimed the World Bantamweight Championship in 1888 and was officially considered the champion after knocking out Nunc Wallace of England in 18 rounds on June 27, 1890.
The following year, on May 31, 1891, Dixon beat Cal McCarthy in 22 rounds to win the Featherweight title. While he held the title, Dixon established a vaudeville troup he called the "George Dixon Specialty Co.," which toured the country and appeared at the Naylor Opera House in Terre Haute, Indiana on November 8, 1894. He lost his title in a 15-round decision to Abe Attell on October 28, 1901.
Dixon is interred in the Mount Hope Cemetery in BostonMassachusetts. There is a recreation centre named after him in downtown Halifax.
Dixon is credited for inventing Shadowboxing.

Notable Bouts

ResultOpponentTypeRd., TimeDateLocationNotes[2]
LossUnited States Harlem Tommy MurphyKO2 (6)1905-09-20United States National A.C., PhiladelphiaPennsylvania
LossUnited Kingdom Owen MoranPTS61904-10-17United Kingdom National Sporting Club, Covent Garden,London
LossWales Jim DriscollPTS61904-02-10United Kingdom BristolAvon
WinUnited Kingdom Pedlar PalmerPTS201903-11-09United Kingdom Ginnetts Circus, NewcastleTyne and Wear
LossUnited Kingdom Digger StanleyPTS61903-10-12United Kingdom National Sporting Club, Covent Garden,London
WinUnited Kingdom Digger StanleyPTS61903-08-01United Kingdom Whitechapel Road, Mile EndLondon
LossUnited Kingdom Pedlar PalmerPTS81903-06-27United Kingdom London
LossWales Jim DriscollKO51903-06-01Wales Wales
LossWales Jim DriscollPTS61903-01-24United Kingdom London
LossUnited Kingdom Pedlar PalmerPTS151902-09-08United Kingdom New National Athletic Club, Marylebone,London
LossUnited States Abe AttellPTS151901-10-28United States West End Athletic Club, Saint Louis,Missouri
DrawUnited States Abe AttellPTS201901-10-20United States Grand Opera House, Cripple Creek,Colorado
DrawUnited States Abe AttellPTS201901-08-23United States Coliseum Hall, DenverColorado
LossUnited States Young Corbett IIPTS101901-08-16United States Coliseum Hall, DenverColorado
LossUnited States Terry McGovernPTS61900-06-23United States Tattersall's, ChicagoIllinois
LossUnited States Terry McGovernTKO8 (25)1900-01-09United States Broadway A.C., New YorkNew YorkLost World Featherweight Title
WinUnited States Oscar GardnerPTS251898-11-29United States Lenox A.C., New YorkNew YorkRetained World Featherweight Title
DrawUnited Kingdom Pedlar PalmerPTS61896-01-30United States Madison Square GardenNew YorkNew York
DrawAustralia Young GriffoPTS101895-10-28United States Manhattan A.C., New YorkNew York
DrawAustralia Young GriffoPTS251895-01-19United States Seaside A.C., Coney IslandNew York
DrawAustralia Young GriffoPTS201894-06-29United States Boston Casino, BostonMassachusetts
WinNew Zealand Torpedo Billy MurphyDQ31893-12-15United States People's Theater, PatersonNew Jersey