Wednesday, September 20, 2017

On This Day: Harry Woodson Remembered

By Peter Silkov

Harry Woodson (known as The Black Diamond) was a tough and hard hitting fighter, standing just 5' feet 7,” but powerfully built. He weighed between 165 and 180 pounds and often gave away weight fighting heavyweights.

Born on January 1, 1958, in Cincinnati, Ohio, Woodson had his first recorded professional fight in December 1882, and fought for the next five years.

Due to his colour and the racial climate of the times, Woodson mostly fought against other coloured fighters. He fought the very useful ‘Professor’ Charles Hadley several times.

With the money he made from his boxing Woodson opened his own gym, but his life was brought to a premature end on September 20, 1887, when he was shot dead by a rival, after an argument over a woman. Woodson was 29 years old.

Harry Woodson’s verified record was (11-6-3, 6koes), but he most likely, had many other fights. 

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