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 recognition. 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 5 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, an early trainer of Howard’s had trained Rocky Marciano, was quoted as saying, “Kid Howard was a miniature Marciano”. Richard “Kid” Howard retired in 1959 and 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 Howard was inducted into the Nova Scotia Sport Hall of Fame in 1982.
• Winner of the Maritime Boxing title in 1949
• 111 recorded fights with a total of 79 wins
• Richard was ranked among the top 10 in the world