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The Forgotten Canadian Champion (And Maybe It’s Deserved): Billy Hawkins

by on Feb.21, 2010, under Guest Columnists

By Christopher James Shelton

hawkinsAs Canada hosts the world for the 2010 Winter Olympics it is nice to present a pugilist from their region who has toiled in obscurity for over a century. On May 20th, 1887, Montreal, Quebec, one of the bloodiest battles in boxing history transpired. In the 13th round, wearing pants and top coat, skintight leather gloves, tennis shoes footwear, Billy Hawkins landed a punch to the chin of Harry Gilmore that knocked the Canadian Lightweight Champion outside the ring until crashing through a window. This is the story of the ‘forgotten’ Canadian pugilist who threw and landed that devastating punch.

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Interview with Ryan McMahon

Ryan is 31 years old and resides in Elko New Market, Minnesota. He is the great-great grandson of Billy Hawkins.

ME: I don’t want to dwell on the negative aspects of Hawkins, but need to portray both sides of the family dispute. Could you tell me something about the family divide with regard to Billy Hawkins’ legacy? (continue reading…)

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