July 30, 2016

On this day July 29th ...

 


On This Day July 29, 1870 - George Dixon was born in Africville, (Halifax), Nova Scotia.

What’s so important about George Dixon? In 1887 at 17 years of age he left for Boston to embark on what would end up being the MOST significant careers in Boxing. George was the first Black to win a World title (June 27, 1890); he was also the first to hold a World title in 2 different weight classes at the same time...Bantamweight & Featherweight. He was also the first Champion to regain a title lost in the ring.

 

George Dixon, also known as “Little Chocolate,” was born on July 29, 1870 in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Standing only 5’ 3 ½” and weighing no more than 118 pounds over the bulk of his career, “Little Chocolate” was described as long armed and skinny legged, swift of hand and foot, and possessing an ideal fighting temperament and great stamina. Ring magazine founder and editor, Nat Fleischer, described him as a marvel of cleverness, yet indicated that he could slug with the best of them. Fleischer rated him as the # 1 bantamweight of all time.

Dixon was credited with founding the so-called “black school” of pugilism which included such greats as Joe Walcott, Joe Gans, Sam Langford, and Jack Johnson.

 

George also invented the Training Techniques such as the Suspended Punching Bag, Shadowboxing and Pioneered Technical or as it was first referred to Scientific Boxing.

George Dixon retired from boxing in 1906 with an overall record of 63 wins, 29 losses,
and 48 draws. Many claim that hundreds of his fights that took place in dance halls and theatres throughout the country were never recorded. Upon his death in 1909 at the age of 38, his manager, Tom O’Rourke, had a tombstone made up with the words “Here rests the gamest pugilist who ever lived.

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