Westville born Jackie Hayden had a twelve year professional boxing career that was not without its challenges. Hayden fought every fight with only one good eye and still managed an impressive record of 35 wins, 14 losses, and seven draws. His boxing career took him from New Glasgow, to New York, and finally to Edmonton where he won the Western Canadian Lightweight title in 1953.
Hayden also held the Maritime title for a number of years. He is well known in the area for his five-fight battle with Dickie (Kid) Howard, which spanned over three years. They were known as some of the most exciting and high energy fights at that time with close decisions in each match. Jackie Hayden was a fierce competitor to say the least, his fire and perseverance made him a tough match for anyone he faced.
• Won Maritime Lightweight Championship 1954
• Fought in NY’s Madison Square Garden 3 Times