Sam Langford, boxer (born 4 Mar 1886 in Weymouth Falls, NS; died 12 Jan 1956 in Cambridge, Massachusetts). Langford fought professionally in the lightweight, welterweight, middleweight and light-heavyweight ranks, finishing as a heavyweight. His best weight was just over 77 kg, though he retired weighing over 90.7 kg despite his 167 cm height. He has been considered one of the best heavyweight boxers ever to fight, though he never fought for the world championship. He was denied a title bout with champion Jack Johnson, because Johnson's management claimed that 2 blacks would not draw. Langford held the Welsh middleweight crown and the heavyweight championships of England, Spain and Mexico; he won the last despite being declared legally blind at the time of the 1923 fight. Canadian Press named him "Boxer of the Half-Century."