I am interested in finding out as much as I possibly can about George Paris. The only legitimate information I have at present is a brief excerpt in Murray Grieg's Goin' The Distance: Canada's Boxing Heritage that tells me Paris was born in Truro, Nova Scotia in 1890, and that he "moved from the Maritimes to the West Coast as a youngster" (174).
It goes on to note that he was "well-known" in the Vancouver amateur ranks at the time, and became Jack Johnson's sparring partner after an incident in 1909 in which Johnson arrived in the area for a six round bout with Victor McLaglen. He "remained one of Johnson's main sparring partners until 1915", and Greig writes that he had a professional career after this. Boxrec has only one George Paris, a heavyweight, in its database, who fought on three occasions in 1908. Greig also has Paris' passing year, 1944. Apparently he also opened and operated a boxing school in Vancouver, until his death.
Paris and I share the same town of birth, and I would like to try to learn more about him for research purposes personal and otherwise. I am going to also place an ad in the local daily in hopes that there might be some family of his still in this area, that know something and are willing to share, and I am just really surprised at what scarce little information I have found so far with the amount of searching I have completed already. He was Johnson's sparring partner, reportedly, for six years.
An article from the Yukon reader posted online mentions a George Paris who was trainer to a fighter named Billy Woods, but this was in and around 1904, and it appears as if the times do not measure up; the George Paris I am seeking information on would have likely been only 14 at the oldest at that time.
I apologize, in advance, if there is information on the aforementioned available here already. I am a new member and learning the ropes, and anxious and eager to embark upon this research journey. Any input is immensely appreciated.