In honour of our Black History Series, today we’d like to honour and recognize George Dixon, born in Africville, Nova Scotia, who was the first black World Champion of any sport. He was also known as the inventor of shadow boxing and using the punching bag which was suspended from the ceiling. George Dixon was not only the first black World Champion of any sport, he also was an innovator of training techniques which are still used today.
Here is an interview with CEO of Nova Scotia Sport Hall of Fame, Bruce Rainnie sharing the legacy of George Dixon.
This is Trevor Silver narrating and reenacting the legacy of George Dixon, his distant relative.
This is actual footage of the George Dixon vs. Chester Leon fight in 1906.
Follow Our Black History Month Series:
- Day 1: Black History Is Everywhere
- Day 2: The Danger Of A Single Story
- Day 3: Super Bowl Sunday
- Day 4: African American Authors
- Day 5: The Reason Behind Black Lives Matter
- Day 6: Viola Desmond
Albert Earl Jr.
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