When Allan Ford was just 12 years old, he accepted a challenge to learn the “sweet science” of boxing. It was the start of a sensational boxing career. Under the guidance of Scotty McGrandle, he became a provincial golden gloves champion just two years later.
At 135 lbs., Allan was a lightweight fury who propelled himself through the boxing ranks with the power, strength, and heart of a lion. By 1966, he was the Canadian Amateur Lightweight Boxing Champion. Allan turned professional a year later. With a style observers described as a cross between legends Sugar Ray Robinson and Muhammad Ali, his career skyrocketed.
At the age of 18 Allan was Canadian Lightweight Champion and ranked number three in the world. That same year he challenged British Commonwealth champion Percy Hayles. The Jamaican fighter would not put his title on the line, but Allan fought him anyway. In front of an electrified home crowd. Allan won a 10-round unanimous decision over the champion.
Allan retired from boxing in 1982. Always the gracious gentleman, he left the sport with class and honour. For many years he kept in touch with the local boxing community and helped young athletes whenever called.
Today he is grateful for the sport that gave him so many opportunities, and inspired him to embrace his cherished Christian faith. “I really believe angels were watching over me,” says Allan. Best of all, he was and remains a beloved local hero.