Black Fact of the Week: George Dixon Was the First Black World Boxing Champion

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Born in Canada’s Africville, Halifax, Nova Scotia, George Dixon became the official World Bantamweight Champion in June 27, 1890; making him both the first Black, and the first Canadian-born boxer to win a world championship in history.

The following year, the 5″3″ fighter known as “Little Chocolate” went on to win the Featherweight title against Cal McCarthy. Recognized by many as the best boxer of the 19th century, Dixon is also credited with creating shadowboxing. (Guess that means Mr. Muhammad Ali owes this guy BIG time!)

Forty-seven years after his death, the world champ was inducted into Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame in 1955, and later placed into the International Boxing Hall of Fame as a first-class inductee in 1990.

Source: Dictionary of Canadian Biography; International Boxing Hall of Fame

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