As the event said, boxing history was made Saturday night at the Dartmouth Sportsplex as Tyson Cave beat Walter Rojas of Argentina to claim the World Boxing Union super bantamweight title. Cave, a 34 year old home town favorite, is the first Nova Scotia-born boxer to win a world title in his home town. Rojas was a last minute fill-in for Mexico’s Jesus Rios, who was unable to get a visa to enter the country. Rojas had won 24 of his last 32 fights, but had been defeated in his last two by technical knockout.
Tyson Cave isn’t the first Nova Scotian boxer to win a world title. George Dixon has that honor after being crowned world bantamweight champion in 1888.