Name: Sam McVea
Alias: Samuel E. Mac Vea/McVey
Birthplace: Waelder, Texas, USA
Died: 1921-12-23 (Age:37)
Nationality: US American
Hometown: Oxnard, California, USA
Height: 5′ 10½″ / 179cm
Reach: 75″ / 191cm
Boxing Record: click
Managers: Billy Roche (1902-03), Spider Kelly (1904), Frank Carillo (1906-07) Frank Bernard (1907), Billy McClain (1912)
The November 8, 1902, issue of the Oxnard Courier reported McVea's date of birth as being February 24, 1893.
McVea (sometimes spelled "McVey") held the World Colored Heavyweight Championship.
McVea took part in a mixed-fighting-style bout against London-based jiu-jitsu master Judoka Tano Matsuda in Paris on December 31, 1908. At the beginning of the fight, McVea charged across the ring, feinted with his left, and ripped a right uppercut to the chin of Matsuda, knocking him out cold. The fight lasted ten seconds.
In his later years, McVea worked as a trainer and sparring partner for both black and white fighters training for important contests.
McVea died of pneumonia at a hospital in New York City. His funeral and grave marker were paid for by three-time opponent Jack Johnson, who called McVea "the toughest man I ever fought."