George Dixon (boxer)

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George Dixon
George Dixon boxer.jpg
Real name George Dixon
Nickname(s) Little Chocolate
Rated at Bantamweight
Height 5 ft 3.5 in (1.61 m)
Reach 69 12 in (177 cm)
Nationality Canada Canadian
Born (1870-07-29)July 29, 1870
Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
Died January 6, 1908(1908-01-06) (aged 37)
Stance Orthodox
Boxing record
Total fights 163
Wins 73
Wins by KO 36
Losses 30
Draws 55
No contests 6

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.

Dixon was born in Africville, Halifax, Nova 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. 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.

Further reading[edit]

Laffoley, Steven (2012). Shadowboxing: The Rise and Fall of George Dixon. Pottersfield Press. ISBN 978-1897426449

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Inaugural Champion World Bantamweight Champion
June 27, 1890 – 1891
Title next held by
Jimmy Barry
Title last held by
Young Griffo
World Featherweight Champion
March 31, 1891 – October 4, 1897
Succeeded by
Solly Smith
Preceded by
Dave Sullivan
World Featherweight Champion
November 11, 1898 – January 9, 1900
Succeeded by
Terry McGovern