Although he possessed otherworldly talents, Nova Scotia-born boxer Sam Langford died penniless in 1956. Langford’s story is built more on rumour and legend than actual fact, because when he was active there was a concerted effort to diminish his historic career.
In Newfoundland’s sporting folklore much of what we know is not actually known. A lot of the information we have is based on rumour and storytelling and of course, loosely kept statistics. This keeps the legends and myths of our past alive and ensures they have a level of mystery to them, which in turn makes them somewhat larger than life.
The 39 year old boxer had been in an artificially induced coma since a fight last May.
With amateur boxing back on the docket for the 2019 Canada Winter Games, Newfoundland is out to assemble a team of National contenders for the first time in over a decade.