Langford, Sam National Historic Person

Weymouth Falls, Nova Scotia
Langford, Sam © N/A
Langford, Sam
© N/A
Langford, Sam © N/APortrait of Sam Langford © None; Credit: The Canadian Encyclopedia
Address : Weymouth Falls, Nova Scotia

Recognition Statute: Historic Sites and Monuments Act (R.S.C., 1985, c. H-4)
Designation Date: 1987-11-05
Life Date: 1886 to 1956

Other Name(s):
  • Langford, Sam  (Designation Name)
Research Report Number: 1987-25

Importance: Professional boxer, fought 1902 to 1923


Existing plaque:  Weymouth Falls, Nova Scotia

Sam Langford, a black boxer, was one of the best fighters never to have held a world title. Born in Weymouth Falls, he moved to Boston, where his skills were soon recognized. Langford was not a big man, but proved to be one of the most punishing punchers in boxing history. Between 1902 and 1923 he fought nearly 300 recorded bouts in every division from lightweight to heavyweight, and was rarely defeated. He never got the title match he deserved because no champion would risk his title against him.