George Dixon (boxer)

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George Dixon
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Statistics
Real name George Dixon
Nickname(s) Little Chocolate
Rated at Bantamweight
Featherweight
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. 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[edit]

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. 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 Boston, Massachusetts. There is a recreation centre named after him in downtown Halifax.

Dixon is credited for inventing Shadowboxing.

Notable Bouts[edit]

Result Opponent Type Rd., Time Date Location Notes[2]
Loss United States Harlem Tommy Murphy KO 2 (6) 1905-09-20 United States National A.C., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Loss United Kingdom Owen Moran PTS 6 1904-10-17 United Kingdom National Sporting Club, Covent Garden, London
Loss Wales Jim Driscoll PTS 6 1904-02-10 United Kingdom Bristol, Avon
Win United Kingdom Pedlar Palmer PTS 20 1903-11-09 United Kingdom Ginnetts Circus, Newcastle, Tyne and Wear
Loss United Kingdom Digger Stanley PTS 6 1903-10-12 United Kingdom National Sporting Club, Covent Garden, London
Win United Kingdom Digger Stanley PTS 6 1903-08-01 United Kingdom Whitechapel Road, Mile End, London
Loss United Kingdom Pedlar Palmer PTS 8 1903-06-27 United Kingdom London
Loss Wales Jim Driscoll KO 5 1903-06-01 Wales Wales
Loss Wales Jim Driscoll PTS 6 1903-01-24 United Kingdom London
Loss United Kingdom Pedlar Palmer PTS 15 1902-09-08 United Kingdom New National Athletic Club, Marylebone, London
Loss United States Abe Attell PTS 15 1901-10-28 United States West End Athletic Club, Saint Louis, Missouri
Draw United States Abe Attell PTS 20 1901-10-20 United States Grand Opera House, Cripple Creek, Colorado
Draw United States Abe Attell PTS 20 1901-08-23 United States Coliseum Hall, Denver, Colorado
Loss United States Young Corbett II PTS 10 1901-08-16 United States Coliseum Hall, Denver, Colorado
Loss United States Terry McGovern PTS 6 1900-06-23 United States Tattersall's, Chicago, Illinois
Loss United States Terry McGovern TKO 8 (25) 1900-01-09 United States Broadway A.C., New York, New York Lost World Featherweight Title
Win United States Oscar Gardner PTS 25 1898-11-29 United States Lenox A.C., New York, New York Retained World Featherweight Title
Draw United Kingdom Pedlar Palmer PTS 6 1896-01-30 United States Madison Square Garden, New York, New York
Draw Australia Young Griffo PTS 10 1895-10-28 United States Manhattan A.C., New York, New York
Draw Australia Young Griffo PTS 25 1895-01-19 United States Seaside A.C., Coney Island, New York
Draw Australia Young Griffo PTS 20 1894-06-29 United States Boston Casino, Boston, Massachusetts
Win New Zealand Torpedo Billy Murphy DQ 3 1893-12-15 United States People's Theater, Paterson, New Jersey

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Further reading[edit]

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

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Achievements
Inaugural Champion World Bantamweight Champion
June 27, 1890 – 1891
Abandoned
Vacant
Title next held by
Jimmy Barry
Vacant
Title last held by
Young Griffo
World Featherweight Champion
June 27, 1892 – October 4, 1897
Succeeded by
Solly Smith
Preceded by
Dave Sullivan
World Featherweight Champion
November 11, 1898 – January 9, 1900
Succeeded by
Terry McGovern