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Distinction Earned: Cape Breton Boxing’s Golden Era

October 29, 2019 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm ADT


Free Film Screening at the Hall of Fame!

Distinction Earned: Cape Breton Boxing’s Golden Era (20min 40sec)
Directed by Charles Currie
Written by Paul MacDougall, Charles Currie and Allan MacDonald

Cape Breton Island was once a boxing mecca producing multiple Canadian champions including NSSHF alumni George “Rockabye” Ross, Tyrone Gardiner and Blair Richardson. This documentary,  based on Paul MacDougall’s book Distinction Earned: Cape Breton’s Boxing Legends, 1946 – 1970, uses interviews, archival footage, photographs and cartoons to transport the viewer to industrial Cape Breton in the mid-20th century, where boxing flourished against the industrial backdrop of the steel plant and coal mines. The film explores the role of the trainers (Johnny Nemis, John Cechetto), the venue (Venetian Gardens), the cutman (Rudy Plichie), the promoter (Gussie MacLellan), the champions (George Ross, Tyrone Gardiner, Blair Richardson) and the fans. All interconnected, it was their passion and drive that took boxing  from the backrooms of grocery stores all the way to Madison Square Garden. Distinction Earned is  a grassroots working-class success story and a celebration of a time when Nova Scotians were among the best athletes in the world.

Join us for a free screening and chat with the director before the Halifax Mooseheads face off against Cape Breton on October 29. Open to the public.


October 29, 2019
5:00 pm - 6:00 pm


Nova Scotia Sport Hall of Fame
1800 Argyle Street, Suite 446
Halifax, Nova Scotia B3J 3N8 Canada
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