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Old 10-28-2007, 05:03 PM   #16
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Default Re: Lineage of the coloured heavyweight title

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Originally Posted by OLD FOGEY
However, the referee said he saw a short inside uppercut of about 6 inches which sent Norfolk down. Norfolk got up from the count bleeding profusely from the mouth and with a severely cut lip.

Papers say a lot to things, but Wills was so much bigger and had beaten Langford and Fulton and the like. I don't think it surprising he could drop a 170 pounder with one punch.
Sounds probable to me too.

Don't know how Sam Langford and Iron Hague could fight for the Coloured heavyweight title since Hague was white. Some did regard this as being for the vacant Empire championship, although Sam never showed interest in defending it, and Tommy Burns still had some claim to it.

For an extended period of time beginning during 1912, mixed matches between races were banned in many parts of Canada and the USA. This, and the fact that Jack Johnson drew his own colour line, led to the re-establishment of the Coloured heavyweight Championship.



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