Government of Canada Recognizes George Dixon, First Canadian Boxer to Win a World Title

June 12, Halifax NS

Parcs Canada

Andy Fillmore, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry and Member of Parliament for Halifax, took part in a Parks Canada and Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada plaque unveiling ceremony to commemorate the national historic significance of George Dixon (1870-1908).

George Dixon is widely regarded as one of the top boxers of the late 19th century. Renowned for his stamina, speed, and defence, he overcame racial prejudice and discrimination to become the first Black boxer and first Canadian to win a world title.

George Dixon (1870-1908)

The first Black boxer and Canadian to win a world title and regarded as one of the top fighters of the late 19th century, Dixon was renowned for his stamina, speed, and defence. Born in Africville and based in Boston, he won the bantamweight world title in 1890 before moving up a weight class, winning the featherweight title in 1891. His innovative training techniques, including shadowboxing, were widely adopted during his era and are still in use. He confronted racial prejudice throughout his life, used his popularity to create opportunities for Black boxers and fans, and contributed to organizations that fought discrimination.


Fillmore made the announcement on behalf of the Minister of Environment and Climate Change and Minister responsible for Parks Canada, Steven Guilbeault.


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Posted on: June 14, 2023