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Herbert Slade

Herbert Augustus Slade (born 10 January, 1851, Kaeo, New Zealand-died 1920, Utah), also known as "Māori" Slade, was a New Zealand boxer of Irish and Māori descent, who fought John L Sullivan for the heavyweight championship of the world. This occurred at Madison Square Garden, New York, on 6 August 1883. Sullivan won in the third round. Slade may be considered New Zealand’s first international sports personality, and has been inducted into the Māori Sports Hall of Fame.[1]

Given the issues of race in America at the time it was most unusual for a native person to be allowed to fight for the championship. Indeed it was the first such match featuring a non-white contender.[2]

Slade later went on an exhibition tour with Sullivan and settled in the United States.


External links

  • for Slade’s boxing record
  • another site showing Slade's record

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