George Dixon
("Little Chocolate")

BORN   July 29 1870; Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
DIED January 6 1909; New York, New York (Some sources report 1908)
HEIGHT 5-3 1/2
WEIGHT 87-128 lbs
MANAGER Tom O'Rourke

Dixon was one of the all-time ring greats; He had fast hands and was quick on his feet like a cat; On offense, he hit with both hands but mostly utilized a long, straight left accompanied by a stiff right; On defense, he guarded himself well; His quickness and ducking ability made him a difficult target to strike

Nat Fleischer ranked Dixon as the #1 All-Time Bantamweight; Charley Rose ranked him as the #2 All-Time Bantamweight; Dixon was elected to the Ring Boxing Hall of Fame in 1956 and the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 1990

1886
Nov  1 Young Johnson              Halifax, NS, Can                 KO  3

1887
Sep 21 Elias Hamilton             Boston, Ma                        W  8
       Young Mack                 Boston, Ma                       KO  3
Dec  5 Jack Lyman                 Boston, Ma                       EX   

1888
Jan  2 Jack Lyman                 Boston, Ma                       KO  5
Jan 20 Charles Parton             Boston, Ma                       KO  6
Feb 17 Barney Finnegan            Boston, Ma                       KO  7
Mar  6 Jack Lyman                 Boston, Ma                       EX   
Mar 10 Ned Morris                 Boston, Ma                       KO  3
Mar 21 Patrick Kelly              Boston, Ma                        D 15
Mar 28 Charles Collins            Boston, Ma                       EX   
Apr 27 Tommy Doherty              Boston, Ma                        D  8
May  8 Frank Maguire              Providence, RI                   EX  3
May 10 Tommy "Spider" Kelly       Boston, Ma                        D  9
          -Dixon claimed the 105 lb Championship of America;
          Some sources report "D 8";
          Some sources report "KO 9"
Jun  7 Robert Green               Boston, Ma                        W  6
Jun 13 Jimmy Brackett             Boston, Ma                       KO  5
Jun 21 Hank Brennan               Boston, Ma                       NC 14
Dec 14 Hank Brennan               Boston, Ma                       NC  9
Dec 28 Hank Brennan               Boston, Ma                        D 15

1889
Jan 15 Tommy Danforth             Manchester, NH                   EX   
Jan 27 Patrick Kelly              Boston, Ma                        W 10
Mar    Frank Maguire              Putnam, Ct                        D 10
May    Billy James                Haverhill, Ma                    KO  3
Jun  3 George Wright              Boston, Ma                       LF  1
Oct 14 Hank Brennan               Boston, Ma                       NC 26
Dec 11 Mike Sullivan              New Bedford, Ma                   W  6
          -Police intervened
Dec 27 Eugene Hornbacher          New York, NY                     KO  2
Dec 30 Young Howard               Boston, Ma                       EX  3

1890
Jan  2 -Philadelphia (Pa) Item reported that Jack Lyman said
          he bested George Dixon two years ago in six rounds; Six
          months later they fought again; During head contact, 
          Lyman got a one-inch slash above the eye
Jan  7 Joe Murphy                 Providence, RI                   EX  4
Feb  7 Cal McCarthy               Boston, Ma                        D 70
          -Featherweight Championship of America
Mar  1 Patrick Kearney            Paterson, NJ                     EX  4
Mar  3 Joe Farrell                Jersey City, NJ                  EX  2
          -Dixon knocked Farrell out
Mar  5 Jack Carey                 Hoboken, NJ                      EX  3
          -Dixon knocked Carey out
Mar 31 Matt McCarthy              Philadelphia, Pa                 EX  3
          -Dixon knocked McCarthy out
Apr  4 Robert Green               Fall River, Ma                   EX  3
Apr 15 Robert Green               Springfield, Ma                  EX  4
May  1 Robert Green               Providence, RI                    W  3
May  3 -Dixon sailed for England with Tom O'Rourke on the "Catalonia"
May 12 -Dixon arrived in Liverpool, Eng
May    Billy Willis                                               SCH   
          -This bout was scheduled; The outcome is not known
Jun 27 Edwin "Nunc" Wallace       London, England (Soho)           TK 18
          -Featherweight Championship of the World;
           Four ounce gloves were used;
           Some sources report 6/07/90;
           Some sources report "TK 19"
Jul  4 Edwin "Nunc" Wallace       Leeds, England                   EX  3
Jul  5 Edwin "Nunc" Wallace       Leeds, England                   EX  3
Jul  7 Edwin "Nunc" Wallace       Barrow-in-Furness, England       EX  3
Jul  8 Edwin "Nunc" Wallace       Barrow-in-Furness, England       EX  3
Jul  9 Edwin "Nunc" Wallace       Barrow-in-Furness, England       EX  3
Jul 17 Edwin "Nunc" Wallace       Sheffield, England               EX  3
Jul 18 Edwin "Nunc" Wallace       Sheffield, England               EX  3
Jul 19 Edwin "Nunc" Wallace       Sheffield, England               EX  3
Jul 22 Edwin "Nunc" Wallace       Liverpool, England               EX  3
Jul 23 Edwin "Nunc" Wallace       Liverpool, England               EX  3
Jul 25 Edwin "Nunc" Wallace       Bradford, England                EX  3
Jul 26 Edwin "Nunc" Wallace       Bradford, England                EX  3
Jul 31 Edwin "Nunc" Wallace       Derby, England                   EX  3
Oct 23 Johnny Murphy              Providence, RI                   KO 40
          -Featherweight Championship of the World
Nov  5 J. Allan                   Baltimore, Md                    EX  2
          -Dixon knocked Allan out
Nov  7 Virginia Rosebud           Baltimore, Md                    EX  3
          -Dixon knocked Rosebud out
Nov 11 Lee Andrews                Washington, DC                   EX  4
          -Dixon knocked Andrews out
Nov 13 William Dyson              Washington, DC                   EX  2
          -Dixon knocked Dyson out
Dec  3 Nick Collins               New York, NY                     EX  4
          -Some sources report "W 4"

1891
Mar 31 Cal McCarthy               Troy, NY                         TK 22
          -Featherweight Championship of the World
Apr 20 Martin Flaherty            Chicago, Il                       W  6
Apr 27 Cal McCarthy               Brooklyn, NY                     EX  3
May 19 Bobby Burns                Providence, RI                   EX  4
Jul 28 Abe Willis                 San Francisco, Ca                KO  5
          -Featherweight Championship of the World
Sep 26 Jimmy Hagen                Philadelphia, Pa                 EX  4
Sep 28 Marcellus Baker            Montreal, Que, Can               EX  3
Oct  1 Dan Coakley                Montreal, Que, Can               EX  3
Oct  2 Jack Fitzpatrick           Montreal, Que, Can               EX  4
Nov  3 Eugene Hornbacher          New York, NY                     EX  4
Nov  5 Nick Collins               New York, NY                     EX  4
          -Some sources report "W 4"
Nov  6 Frank Wall                 New York, NY                     EX  2
          -Dixon knocked Wall out
Nov 12 Billy Ross                                                  EX  4
Nov 27 John Banks                 New York, NY                     EX
Dec 17 Lee Damro                  Washington, DC                   EX  4

1892
Jan  1 Tommy Warren               Philadelphia, Pa                 EX  3
          -Dixon knocked Warren out
Jan  5 Jimmy Dime                 Amsterdam, NY                    EX  4
Jan 11 Elwood McCloskey           Philadelphia, Pa                 EX  4
Jan 12 Johnny Hagan               Philadelphia, Pa                 EX  4
Jan 14 Elwood McCloskey           Philadelphia, Pa                 EX  4
Jan 16 Young                      Philadelphia, Pa                 EX  4
Jan 16 Jack Kelly                 Philadelphia, Pa                 EX
Jan 19 Young McHale               Philadelphia, Pa                 EX  4
Jan 20 Tommy Warren               Philadelphia, Pa                 EX  4
Jan 21 Jack Kelly                 Philadelphia, Pa                 EX  4
Jan 22 William Masonic            Philadelphia, Pa                 EX  4
Feb  4 Watson                     Paterson, NJ                     EX  1
          -Dixon knocked Watson out
Apr 18 John Stack                 Philadelphia, Pa                 EX  4
Apr 19 Joe Burke                  Philadelphia, Pa                 EX  4
Apr 20 Ben Peterson               Philadelphia, Pa                 EX  4
Apr 21 Ed Reilly                  Philadelphia, Pa                 EX  4
          -Dixon knocked Reilly out
Apr 22 Ed Woods                   Philadelphia, Pa                 EX  4
Apr 22 George Danig               Philadelphia, Pa                 EX  4
May  6 Billy Russell              New York, NY                     EX  2
          -Dixon knocked Russell out
Jun 27 Fred Johnson               Brooklyn, NY                     KO 14
          -Featherweight Championship of the World
Sep  6 Jack Skelly                New Orleans, La                  KO  8
          -Featherweight Championship of the World;
           Weights: 116 1/2-118; In this title bout, 
           Dixon was an overwhelming favorite at 3-to-1 
           odds against a boxer who was having his 
           professional debut and was referred to as 
           the “Brooklyn Amateur;” Despite the fact 
           Skelly was aggressive, Dixon won easily enough; 
           Skelly was down once in the third round, twice 
           in the seventh, and once in the eighth; Note - 
           There was a large crowd; There were black 
           “sports” in the gallery
Oct  3 Jack Skelly                Brooklyn, NY                     EX   
Oct 29 Kentucky Rosebud           Philadelphia, Pa                  D  4
          -This man was Walter Edgerton
Nov  9 Eddie Daly                 Philadelphia, Pa                 EX  3
Nov 11 Kentucky Rosebud           Philadelphia, Pa                  D  4
          -This man was Walter Edgerton
Nov 18 Billy Ross                 New York, NY                     ND  4
Dec    Jack Skelly                Brooklyn, NY                    SCH   
          -This bout was scheduled to be held during Dec 6-9; 
           The outcome is not known
Dec 29 Jim Keeley                 Harlem, NY                       KO  3

1893
Jan 24 George Strong              Brooklyn, NY                     EX   
Jan 25 Eddie Eckhardt             Brooklyn, NY                     EX  4
Jan 31 George Strong              New York, NY                     EX  4
Feb  6 Young Byrnes               New York, NY                      W  4
Feb  7 Dick Mills                 New York, NY                     KO  1
Feb 10 Buck Leary                 New York, NY                     KO  1
Feb 11 George Murray              New York, NY                    SCH
          -This bout was scheduled; The outcome is not known
Feb 15 Frank Maguire              Boston, Ma                       EX  4
Feb 17 Eddie Daly                 Boston, Ma                       EX  3
Feb 20 Eddie Daly                 Philadelphia, Pa                 EX  3
Feb 21 Alec Archer                Philadelphia, Pa                SCH   
          -This bout was scheduled; The outcome is not known
Feb 21 Joe Reilly                 Philadelphia, Pa                  W
Feb 22 Al Wright                  Philadelphia, Pa                 TK  1
Feb 23 Whitey Chadwick            Philadelphia, Pa                 TK  2
Feb 24 Leo Dobbins                Philadelphia, Pa                 TK  2
Feb 25 Pete Murray                Philadelphia, Pa                SCH   
          -This bout was scheduled; The outcome is not known
Mar    -Dixon was presented with a Featherweight Championship
          belt at New York, NY
Mar 13 Jack Skelly                New York, NY                     EX   
Mar 20 George Siddons             Brooklyn, NY                      D 12
Mar 21 Eddie Boerum               New York, NY                     EX  4
          -Dixon knocked Boerum out
Mar 30 an unnamed opponent        New York, NY                    SCH   
          -This bout was scheduled; The outcome is not known
Mar 31 Sam Hawkins                New York, NY                    SCH   
          -This bout was scheduled; The outcome is not known
Apr 16 Mike Gillespie             Cincinnati, Oh                   EX  4
Apr 28 Bill Young                 Washington, DC                   EX  4
Apr    Johnson                    Washington, DC                   EX   
May  2 James "Sun" Ashe           Washington, DC                   EX  2
May  2 Billy Nally                Washington, DC                   TK  1
          -The previous 2 bouts were held the same date
Jun 17 Jerry Barnett              Philadelphia, Pa                 EX  4
          -Some sources report "D 4" at "New York, NY"
Jun 30 Kentucky Rosebud           Philadelphia, Pa                  W  4
          -This man was Walter Edgerton
Jul  1 Kentucky Rosebud           Philadelphia, Pa                 ND  4
          -This man was Walter Edgerton
Aug  1 Jack Downey                Brooklyn, NY                      D  4 
Aug  7 Eddie Pierce               Brooklyn, NY                     TK  3
          -Featherweight Championship of the World
Aug    -Dixon offered to box Jimmy Carroll 6 rounds
          and bet Carroll could not stop him
Aug 22 Billy Plimmer              New York, NY                      L  4
Sep    Morgan Crowther                                            SCH   
          -A fight with Crowther was tentatively set for the
          Featherweight Championship of the World to be held
          in either America or England but it fell through
Sep 25 Solly Smith                Coney Island, NY                 KO  7
          -Featherweight Championship of the World
Oct    Jack Lynch                 Philadelphia, Pa                 EX   
          -This bout was held during Oct 2-5 1893
Oct 10 Jack Lynch                 Philadelphia, Pa                 EX  3
Oct 16 Jack Lynch                 Burlington, Vt                  SCH   
          -This bout was scheduled; The outcome is not known
Oct 17 Jack Lynch                 Norristown, Pa                  SCH   
          -This bout was scheduled; The outcome is not known
Nov 16 Jack Downey                New York, NY                     EX  2
          -Dixon knocked Downey out
Nov 21 Patrick J. Hennessey       Lawrence, Ma                     EX  2
          -Dixon knocked Hennessey out
Nov 23 Martin Moriarty            Lowell, Ma                       EX  4
Dec 15 "Torpedo" Billy Murphy     Paterson, NJ                     WF  3
          -This bout ended in a riot
Dec 23 Charles McKeever           Norristown, Pa                   EX  4

1894
Jan  4 Robert Henry               Huntington, Pa                   EX  2
          -Dixon knocked Henry out
Jan 16 Paddy Lemmons              Cleveland, Oh                    EX  1
          -Dixon knocked Lemmons out
Jan 18 -Dixon was scheduled to appear at Chicago, Il
          and take on all-comers
Jan 27 Jack Lynch                 Chicago, Il                      EX   
Feb 24 Jack Skelly                New York, NY                    SCH   
          -This bout was scheduled; The outcome is not known
Feb 24 Eddie Loeber               New York, NY                     EX  3
Mar  4 Edward Doyle               New York, NY                     EX  1
          -Doyle quit and left the ring during the first round
Mar 22 Kentucky Rosebud           Philadelphia, Pa                 EX  3
          -This man was Walter Edgerton
Jun 13 Kentucky Rosebud           Boston, Ma                      SCH   
          -This man was Walter Edgerton;
          This bout was scheduled but not held;
          Rosebud backed out of this contest
Jun 29 Young Griffo               Boston, Ma                        D 20
Oct 25 Joe Flynn                  Wilmington, De                   EX  4
Dec 26 Billy Whistler             Philadelphia, Pa                 ND  4 

1895
Jan 19 Young Griffo               Coney Island, NY                  D 25
Jan 28 Walter Sanford             Dayton, Oh                       EX  2
          -Dixon knocked Sanford out
Mar  6 John Conroy                New York, NY                     EX  2
          -Dixon knocked Conroy out
Mar  7 Sam Bolen                  New York, NY                     EX  6
          -Dixon was better; Some sources report "W 6"
May  8 Charles Slusher            Louisville, Ky                   EX  4
          -Some sources report "ND 4"
May    Charleston                 St. Louis, Mo                    EX  2
          -Dixon knocked Charleston out
May    Frede                      St. Louis, Mo                    EX  2
          -Dixon knocked Frede out
Jun 15 Frank Erne                 Coney Island, NY                SCH   
          -This bout was scheduled but not held;
           Police intervened
Jun 24 Frank Erne                 Jersey City, NJ                 SCH   
          -This bout was scheduled but cancelled;
          Authorities prevented it
Jun 27 Sam Bolen                  New York, NY                     EX   
Jul 31 Tommy Connelly             Boston, Ma                       KO  4
Aug 19 Mike Leonard               New York, NY                     EX  2
          -Some sources report "NC 1"
Aug 27 Johnny T. Griffin          Boston, Ma                        W 25
          -Featherweight Championship of the World
Oct 28 Young Griffo               New York, NY                      D 10
Dec  5 Frank Erne                 New York, NY                      D 10

1896
Jan 30 Thomas "Pedlar" Palmer     New York, NY                      D  6
Mar 17 Jerry Marshall             Boston, Ma                       TK  7
May 22 Frank Zimpher              Toronto, Ont, Can                KO 12 
Jun 16 Martin Flaherty            Boston, Ma                        D 20
Sep 25 Tommy White                New York, NY                      D 20
Nov 27 Frank Erne                 New York, NY                      L 20

1897
Jan 22 "Torpedo" Billy Murphy     Brooklyn, NY                     KO  6
Feb 15 Jack Downey                Brooklyn, NY                      D 20
Mar 24 Frank Erne                 Brooklyn, NY                      W 25
Apr 26 Johnny T. Griffin          Brooklyn, NY                      W 20
Jun 21 Kentucky Rosebud           Philadelphia, Pa                 ND  6
          -This man was Walter Edgerton
Jul 23 Dal Hawkins                San Francisco, Ca                 D 20
Oct  4 Solly Smith                San Francisco, Ca                 L 20
          -Featherweight Championship of the World

1898
Mar 31 Tommy White                Syracuse, NY                      D 20
Jun  6 Eddie Santry               New York, NY                      W 20
          -This bout was promoted as a Featherweight Championship
          of the World contest
Jul  1 Ben Jordan                 New York, NY                      L 25
          -This bout was promoted as a Featherweight Championship
          of the World contest
Aug 29 Jimmy Dunn                 Fall River, Ma                   ND  6
Sep  5 Joe Bernstein              Philadelphia, Pa                 ND  6
Nov 11 Dave Sullivan              New York, NY                     WF 10
          -Featherweight Championship of the World
Nov 29 Oscar Gardner              New York, NY                      W 25
          -Featherweight Championship of the World

1899
Jan 17 Young Pluto                New York, NY                     KO 10
          -Featherweight Championship of the World
May 15 Ned "Kid" Broad            Buffalo, NY                       W 20
          -Featherweight Championship of the World
Jun  2 Joe Bernstein              Brooklyn, NY                      W 25
          -Featherweight Championship of the World
Jul  3 Sam Bolen                  Louisville, Ky                   KO  3
          -Some sources report Featherweight Championship of the World
Jul 11 Tommy White                Denver, Co                        W 20
          -Featherweight Championship of the World
Jul 14 Eddie Santry               Chicago, Il                       W  6
Aug 11 Eddie Santry               New York, NY                      D 20
          -Featherweight Championship of the World
Oct 13 Tim Callahan               Philadelphia, Pa                 ND  6
Nov  2 Will Curley                Brooklyn, NY                      W 25
          -Featherweight Championship of the World
Nov 21 Eddie Lenny                Brooklyn, NY                      W 25
          -Featherweight Championship of the World

1900
Jan  9 Terry McGovern             New York, NY                     LT  8
          -Featherweight Championship of the World
Feb 21 Terry McGovern             New York, NY                     EX  3
Jun  4 Tim Callahan               Philadelphia, Pa                 ND  6
Jun 12 Benny Yanger               Chicago, Il                       D  6
Jun 23 Terry McGovern             Chicago, Il                       L  6
Jul 31 Tommy Sullivan             Brooklyn, NY                     LT  7

1901
Feb  8 Harry Lyons                Baltimore, Md                     D 20
Aug 16 Young Corbett II           Denver, Co                        L 10
Aug 24 Abe Attell                 Denver, Co                        D 10
          -Some sources report 8/23/01
Sep 26 Benny Yanger               St. Louis, Mo                     L 15
Oct 20 Abe Attell                 Cripple Creek, Co                 D 20
Oct 28 Abe Attell                 St. Louis, Mo                     L 15
Dec 19 Austin Rice                New London, Ct                    L 20

1902
Jan 17 Joe Tipman                 Baltimore, Md                     D 20
Jan 24 Eddie Lenny                Baltimore, Md                    LT  9
Feb 13 Chick Tucker               New Britain, Ct                   W 20
May 16 Billy Ryan                 Ottawa, Ont, Can                  D 15
May 27 Danny Dougherty            Philadelphia, Pa                 ND  7
          -The verdict was not "ND 6";
          An extra round was fought
Jun  6 Eddie Lenny                Chester, Pa                       D  6
Jun 10 Biz Mackey                 Findlay, Oh                      LK  5
Jun 30 Tim Callahan               Philadelphia, Pa                 ND  6
Sep  8 Thomas "Pedlar" Palmer     Glasgow, Scot                     L 15
Sep 29 Will Curley                Gateshead, Eng                    D 15

1903
Jan 24 Jem Driscoll               London, Eng                       D  6
          -Some sources report "L 6"
Feb  9 Harry Ware                 Northampton, Eng                  D 20
Feb    Dave Wallace               Birmingham, Eng                   D  6
Mar  7 Fred Delaney               Woolwich, Eng                     L  6
Apr  6 Jack Pearson               Liverpool, Eng                   KO  8
Apr 16 George Phalin              Liverpool, Eng                    D 15
Apr 25 Frank "Spike" Robson       Newcastle, Eng                    L 20
May  2 Ben Jordan                 London, Eng                       L  6
May    Harry Paul                                                   D  6
May 16 Frank "Spike" Robson       Newcastle, Eng                    L 20
May 25 George Phalin              Birmingham, Eng                   D 15
Jun    Jim Driscoll                                                LK  5 
Jun 27 Thomas "Pedlar" Palmer     London, Eng                       L  8
Aug  1 George "Digger" Stanley    London, Eng                       W  6
Aug 29 Harry Ware                 London, Eng                       W  6
Sep 13 Charles Lampey             London, Eng                       D  6
Sep 24 Billy Barrett              Liverpool, Eng                    D 10
Sep 29 Charles Lampey             London, Eng                       D  6
Oct 10 Jim Williams               London, Eng                      KO  4
Oct 12 George "Digger" Stanley    London, Eng                       L  6
Nov  7 Harry Slough               West Hartlepool, Eng             EX  3
Nov  9 Thomas "Pedlar" Palmer     Newcastle, Eng                    W 20
Dec  7 Cockney Cohen              Newcastle, Eng                    W 15
Dec 20 Dai Morgan                 Newcastle, Eng                    D 15
          -Some sources report "David Morgan"

1904
Jan 16 Cockney Cohen              Newcastle, Eng                    W 20
Feb 10 Jim Driscoll               Bristol, Eng                      L  6 
Feb 23 Harry Mansfield            Newcastle, Eng                    D 20
Mar  7 Cockney Cohen              Leeds, Eng                        L 15
Mar 19 Frank "Spike" Robson       Newcastle, Eng                   KO 11
Apr  7 Billy Barrett              London, Eng                      KO 12
Apr  9 George Moore               London, Eng                       D  6
Apr 21 Tommy Burns                Liverpool, Eng                    L 20
Aug 22 Charles Arrowsmith         New Brighton, Eng                EX  3
Oct 17 Owen Moran                 London, Eng                       L  6
Nov 24 Boss Edwards               London, Eng                       D 15

1905
Jan  6 Johnny Hughes              Ashford, Eng                      D  8
Apr  6 Jack Foy                   London, Eng                       D 15
May 21 Dick Nelson                Copenhagen, Den                   D 10 
Sep 20 "Harlem" Tommy Murphy      Philadelphia, Pa                 LK  2
Oct    Johnny Summers             in England                        D  6 
Dec 28 Frankie Howe               New York, NY                     EX  3

1906
Jan  4 Harry Shea                 New York, NY                     KO  3
Jan 11 Muldoon's Pickaninny       New York, NY                     ND  3
          -Perhaps, this man was Billy Hill
Jan 16 Patsy Haley                Brooklyn, NY                     ND   
May 21 Billy Ryan                 Gloucester, Ma                    D 12
Dec 10 Monk, "the Newsboy"        Providence, RI                    L 15


*** Assistance With This Record Was Provided By Sergei Yurchenko  ***

Review courtesy of Tracy Callis, Historian, International Boxing Research Organization
 
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