Sam Austin, the larger-than-life sports editor at America’s first tabloid newspaper, the Police Gazette, described George Dixon as “The Fighter Without Flaw.” Said Austin, “The fact cannot be disputed that the greatest fistic fighter, big or little, that the world has ever known is George Dixon.”
Yet, despite these extraordinary accomplishments and this effusive adulation, George Dixon died a beggar, in the alcoholic ward of New York’s Bellevue Hospital, alone and forgotten.
So who was George Dixon? What motivated this genuinely modest man, born in Africville, Nova Scotia, to achieve what no other black man had achieved before him? What strength of character earned him true greatness? And what made him lose it all?
“This is a book with obvious appeal to those who love boxing and are interested in the history of blacks in boxing. But you don’t have to like or love boxing to appreciate this book; it is definitely a story with universal appeal.” – Atlantic Books Today
“The story of Dixon’s life and times has long needed to be told. In Shadowboxing, Laffoley tells it well.” – Charles R. Saunders, author of ‘Sweat and Soul: The Saga of Black Boxers in the Maritimes from the Halifax Forum to Caesars Palace’
“Why it’s taken so long for someone to produce a biography about this great little fighter is a mystery to me but thankfully Steven Laffoley has stepped in and filled the void…Dixon’s story was very well written and I thoroughly enjoyed the read.” – Clay Moyle, author of ‘Sam Langford: Boxing’s Greatest Uncrowned Champion’