Theodore “Tiger” Flowers was born on August 5, 1895. Ranked #12 middleweight of all-time by the International Boxing Research Organization and named the #3 greatest southpaw in boxing history, Tiger was the first African-American middleweight boxing champion after defeating Harry Greb and gaining the title in 1926! He was a devoted religious man, nicknamed the “Georgia Deacon”, and would quote a passage of Psalm 144 before every match. He was inducted into the Ring Magazine Hall of Fame in 1971, the Georgia Sports Hall of Fame in 1976, the World Boxing Hall of Fame in 1990, and the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 1993. Tiger, being a successful competitor and gospel inspiration, passed away on November 16, 1927.
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