June 27, 1890: George Dixon Becomes First Black World Boxing Champion

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June 27, 1890: George Dixon becomes the 1st black world boxing champion in any weight class, while also being the 1st ever Canadian-born boxing champion, when he knocked out out Nunc Wallace of England in 18 rounds, gaining the World Bantamweight Championship.

George Dixon was a Black-Canadian professional boxer. Dixon was born in Africville, Halifax, Nova Scotia. Known as “Little Chocolate,” he stood 5 ft 3 1/2 inches tall and weighed only 87 pounds when he began his professional boxing career. Dixon claimed the World Bantamweight Championship in 1888 and was officially considered the champion on June 27, 1890.

The following year, on May 31, 1891, Dixon beat Cal McCarthy in 22 rounds to win the Featherweight title. 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 Boston, Massachusetts. There is a recreation centre named after him in downtown Halifax.

Dixon is credited for inventing Shadowboxing.

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