George Dixon

In 1890, when Canadian-born American boxer George Dixon (1870–1909—some sources say he died in 1908) beat Nunc Wallace in eighteen rounds in London, he became the first black to win a world boxing title. A small man, often called "Little Chocolate," he was just 5-1/2 feet tall and weighed in the 87-to-128-pound range during his career, fighting in the bantamweight and featherweight divisions. In 1887, Boston, Massachusetts, became his home base. His twenty-year professional boxing career. included 158 bouts (some sources say 700), of which thirty-three were championship fights. He is considered to be one of the greatest boxers in history in the bantamweight and featherweight divisions and was inducted into Ring magazine's Boxing Hall of Fame in 1956 and the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 1990, long after he died penniless in New York City at the age of thirty-eight.

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