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Nova Scotia Sport Hall of Fame


Accession number: 975.01.780
Category: Art
Date: 1949 – 1975
Materials: Plaster
Measurements: 17 cm L x 28 cm W x 42 cm H
Group: Boxing
Narrative: One of the greatest boxers to come out of Nova Scotia was Terrence Bay native, Richard 'Kid' Howard. Growing up in Halifax, the Kid's street fighting abilities gained him local reknown. The start of his 'big time' career came with Howard's defeat of 'Kid' Lantz for the Maritime title in 1949. Howard was a professional boxer for fourteen years. He had 111 recorded fights with a record of 79 wins, 27 defeats, and five draws. 'The Kid' fought to victory over formidable opponents such as Kenny Lane, Orlando Zulueta, Ralph Dupas, and Brian Kelly. Ranked among the top ten in the world, Howard had a close brush with international titles but lost to South African Willie Toweel and French featherweight Ray Famechon. Charlie Goldman was an early trainer of Howard's. Goldman had trained Ricky Marciano and was quoted as saying: 'Kid Howard was a miniature Marciano.' 'Kid' Howard retired in 1959. He was admired for 'his fathomless determination and courage in the ring.' Howard was inducted into the Canadian Boxing Hall of Fame, Canada's Sports Hall of Fame, and the Nova Scotia Sport Hall of Fame. Richard was inducted in to the Sport Hall of Fame in 1982.
Description: One bust showing upper body, head and shoulder portrait of man without a shirt wearing boxing gloves.