​September 6, 1892: Featherweight Champion George Dixon Knocks Out Jack Skelly 

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After 8 rounds at the Olympia Club in New Orleans, Dixon knocked out Skelly to retain his title. The club subsequently banned mixed-race bouts. Dixon received $7,500 for his win. 

George “Little Chocolate” Dixon was a Black Canadian professional boxer and the 1st black world boxing champion in any weight class, while also being the 1st ever Canadian-born boxing champion.

He lost his title in a 15-round decision to Abe Attell on October 28, 1901.


  • Belva King September 7, 2016 - 9:38 am Reply

    I do a newsletter each month, may i have your permission to use some your article and give your permission.

  • Sir Byrd September 8, 2016 - 6:55 pm Reply

    Good education… I had thought that the heavyweight champion, Jack Johnson (circa 1910) was the first “titled” black boxer.

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