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Langford's most memorable fights were his numerous encounters against fellow Black boxers Sam McVey, Battling Jim Johnson and Joe Jeanette, who all experienced similar barriers in their fighting careers. Langford fought Harry Wills on 17 separate occasions. Langford defeated lightweight champion Joe Gans in , drew with welterweight champion Barbados Joe Walcott in , lost to future World heavyweight champion Jack Johnson in , and knocked out former light-heavyweight champion Philadelphia Jack O'Brien in , with scores of contender fights in between. His last fight was in , when his failing eyesight finally forced him to retire.
In , Sam Langford fought and won Boxing's last "fight to the finish" for the Mexican Heavyweight title. One story characterizing his career involved Langford walking out for the 8th round and touching gloves with his opponent. In , a famous article was published about his plight and money was donated by fans to help Langford.
Many of those who agreed to fight him, especially of his own race,wanted an assurance that he would be merciful or insisted on a bout of not more than six rounds. Hype Igoe, well known boxing writer of the New York Journal proclaimed Sam the greatest fighter, pound for pound, who ever lived. Joe Williams, respected sports columnist of theNew York World Telegram wrote that Langford was probably the best the ring ever saw, and the great Grantland Rice described Sam as "about the best fighting man I have ever watched.
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Many ring experts considered Sam the greatest pound for pound fighter in the history of boxing. Under different circumstances he might have been a champion at five different weights: lightweight, welterweight, middleweight, light heavyweight,and heavyweight. Blind and penniless at the end of his life, Sam lived quietly in a private nursing home. But when one visitor expressed sympathy for his circumstances, Sam replied, "Don't nobody need to feel sorry for old Sam. I had plenty of good times.
I been all over the world. I fought maybe fights, and every one was a pleasure! Get A Copy. Hardcover , pages.
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Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 4. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Feb 20, Chris Carlisle rated it it was amazing. A very thoroughly researched and entertaining read. It is huge in its scope, and you learn so much not only about Sam Langford the man an boxer, but about the times he lived in as well. There are many quotes, newspaper writings, and pictures in this book.
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It is a really good read that I'd recommend to any historian or avid reader. Aug 14, Adeyinka Makinde rated it it was amazing. The name Sam Langford has loomed large in many constructions of boxing history. Why this is so is not at all hard to fathom. The writing of history, particularly as it relates to boxing, can often be dictated by the commercial viability of a project. The tried and tested paths of explorations into a select band of personages are comfortable if ultimately stultifying enterprises when over the course of time very little of valuable discovery and enlightened interpretation are the proceeds for the discerning reader.
Yet Langford lived during an age as marked and as interesting as any other in regard to boxing and the wider society. His reputation as a puncher was not far off those of both Dempsey and Louis, his technical proficiency as a boxer rivals that of any other in any chosen age of the sport and his personality, while not skirting on the boundaries of outrage that were the hallmarks of Johnson and Ali, was distinctly colourful.
The reference to Boston is indicative only of where the first rumblings of his talent was put on display and is not reflective of the peripatetic drift of a career that took him across many cities in North America, Mexico, England, France and Australia. Langford, who in fact was born in Nova Scotia, Canada, was the descendant of African slaves who opted to fight for Britain against the revolutionary forces of George Washington in return for their freedom. He rarely returned to his hometown of Weymouth Falls and his career, as Moyle tenaciously recalls, was a continuum of movement; an ever restless search for money, the glory of the heavyweight championship and finally, for sanctuary.
These numerous fights paid their tolls as after he turned 30, his career showed decline and his skills eroded. When Jess Willard won the title, whatever chance Sam Langford had to fight for the heavyweight title ended. The White establishment was not going to allow another black fighter fight for the heavyweight title after the Johnson era and that meant Langford no longer had a shot at a title. After Willard, Harry Wills dominated his series with the more elderly Langford. With Johnson out of the picture, and Langford skills on the downside, Wills become the best African American fighter.
Langford began his career in poverty and ended his career in poverty. In , Langford fought Fred Fulton, an up and coming white fighter.
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During the fight, he noticed that he had trouble seeing. He could not see his opponent clearly and Fulton stopped Langford and from this point, Langford eyesight deteriorated. He often fought his last decade unable to see clearly and this combined with the lost of his quickness made his last decade of fighting more difficult. He became vulnerable to head shots that he often ducked early in his career.
Throughout his post fight career, many of past opponents would often do charity functions to help Langford to survive and while many of them found ways to avoid fighting him in his career; everyone knew what a star he truly was. Langford career showed contradiction.
There were many whites feared Langford was capable to winning a title and avoided him. Throughout much of his prime as a heavyweight, the champion was the African-American heavyweight Jack Johnson and Johnson knew that he could make more money fighting whites. Langford had two strikes against him, he was good and he was African American.
Even Johnson used his version of the color line to deny Langford his shot of the title.