Ever since boxing was introduced as a national sport in Canada, the giant British colony has not failed to produce many famous professional boxers. Many fighters from Canada have been extremely talented, so we thought that we would put together a list.
As for what kind of fighters Canada has produced, the answer to that is, well, every kind of boxer! Every type is ranging from the heavyweights, cruiserweights, flyweights, and featherweights all the way to light heavyweights. If you are from Canada and are aspiring to become a professional, famous and revered boxer, then you should pay attention to these incredible fighters and make them your idols. We will list the top 3 boxers and fighters from all of Canadian history, and provide a little bit of information on each person.
As for the first boxer on our list, we have a very famous fighter by the name of Lennox Lewis. He was born in 1962, on September 2nd. He is a retired (and therefore former) Canadian professional boxer. He owned the realm of the heavyweight court, and he was a three-time champion as well as a two-time champion for the linear medal. He also is the last and final remaining Canadian (and worldwide, of course) heavyweight champion to retain still the title of ‘undisputed’ in the heavyweight boxing realm, which is extremely impressive!
He was a member of the Canadian Boxing League during the years of 1988 as an amateur. He then retired in 2003 as a world-renowned professional. After competing professionally and winning his first 21 consecutive fights, he then entirely obliterated Donovan Ruddock in the year 1992, and thus took the number one position in the WBC.
James Archibald McLarnin
Born on the 19th of December in the year 1907, ‘Jimmy’ McLarnin was an Irish-Canadian boxer who became a world-renowned ‘welterweight’ champion. He was then inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame, which is otherwise known as the IBHF.
He was born in the Irish country of Hillsborough,w which resides peacefully in County Down. His father was a Methodist from Dublin and consistently traveled throughout all of Britain in search of work. He met an Irish girl, and they moved to Canada to Liverpool, and there became wheat farmers. However, they decided to pack up and move to Vancouver as a rather harsh winter had ‘scared’ them from the grain business.
Their family was quite poor, and they moved to San Francisco, California, where he trained as an amateur boxer and made his first wages. He had a very slim and youthful appearance, which not only garnered for him the name of the ‘Babyfaced Assassin’ but also made it particularly difficult for him to get into boxing matches. This unfortunate mishap was mainly because of his youthful face, of course, and so he had a hard time trying to convince people of his age!
Born on the July 29th, he was a famous Canadian boxer of African descent, who gored the featherweight (and bantamweight) championship ring from the year 1891 all the way to 1901. He lost his featherweight title to one Abe Attel, on the 29th of October in 1901.
Before this, he defeated David Sullivan in the championship of the World Featherweights. It ended in a disqualification, which consequently almost ended his career for the second time. He fought for ten rounds in front of over eight thousand spectators.
He eventually moved back to Boston, where he had a family; sadly, he became sick and was too poor to pay off his hospital bills, which eventually led to him dying alone, sick, and penniless. Nevertheless, he was one of the world’s greatest featherweight champions, earning him the nickname of “Little Chocolate” because of his dark skin and short height, measuring in at 5 foot and three inches.