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UNTOLD BLACK HISTORY

February 20, 2008
Sam McVey

Tough McVey was ‘game to the core’

Everyone knows the wonderful contribution made to boxing by black fighters, from the greats to the hard-working contenders. Yet some have become hidden behind the mists of time, names known only to the historians or the hard-core followers of the sport. One such fighter was the old-time heavyweight contender Sam McVey.

McVey, who lived in Oxnard, Calif., was one of a group of black heavyweights, including Sam Langford, Joe Jeanette and Harry Wills, who could not get a title fight in the early 1900s.

The white champions preferred to fight other Caucasians — generally speaking, the fights had less risk and greater reward.

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