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Luckett V. Davis

professional boxer, was born in Barbados, British West Indies. Facts about his parents, his education, and his early years are unknown. After coming to the United States in 1887, he worked as a cook, waiter, and elevator operator in Boston and became an amateur boxer and wrestler. Although unusually short (5 feet 1.5 inches) and almost always at a disadvantage to opponents in reach, he enjoyed immediate success because of his unusual upper-body strength, quickness, and agility. He joined a touring troupe of boxers and wrestlers under the management of Tom O'Rourke, meeting all comers in either sport. By 1893 Walcott was a recognized professional boxer in the lightweight division.

Walcott soon grew into a welterweight, winning nearly all of his fights. On 1 March 1895 he boxed a draw in a nontitle battle with the world champion, Mysterious Billy Smith becoming a contender for the title ...