Sam Langford

Sam Langford (March 4, 1883 – January 12, 1956) was a Black Canadian boxing standout of the early part of the 20th century. Called the “Greatest Fighter Nobody Knows,” by ESPN.[1] He was rated #2 by The Ring on their list of “100 greatest punchers of all time.” Langford was originally from Weymouth Falls, a small community in Nova ScotiaCanada. He was known as the “Boston Bonecrusher,” “Boston Terror” and, his most infamous nickname, the “Boston Tar Baby.” Langford stood only 5 ft 6 12 in (1.69 m) and weighed 185 lb (84 kg) in his prime.

Langford was a boxer who fought greats from the lightweight division right up to the heavyweights, beating many champions in the process. However, he was never able to secure a world title for himself. Langford was simply too good and, as a result, was ducked by many champions. Despite the fact Langford never received his rightful chance at the heavyweight title because of Jack Johnson‘s refusal to risk his crown against Langford, Ring magazine founder Nat Fleischer rated Langford as one of the ten best heavyweights of all time.

Langford was enshrined in the Ring Boxing Hall of Fame and Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame in 1955. He died a year later in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where he had been living in a private nursing home. In 1999, Langford was voted Nova Scotia’s top male athlete of the 20th century.[2]

Sam Langford