Archive for January, 2011
London – Monday 31st January 2011
Steve Bunce’s Thriller ‘The Fixer’ Reprinted – In The Shops Now!
Boxing aficionados are in for a double treat this week, Mark Wahlberg’s movie ‘The Fighter’ hits the big screen and Steve ‘Mr Boxing’ Bunce’s excellent thriller ‘The Fixer’ is back in the bookshops, resplendent in it’s new cover, having gone to it’s second print.
Whilst Mark Wahlberg based ‘The Fighter’ on a well documented story of ‘Irish’ Mickey Ward’s journey to the WBU World title. Steve takes a very different tack, instead of focusing on a well known boxer, his protagonist is from another realm of the sport altogether, one that I know only too well, as Steve’s hero is a boxing writer come ‘middleman’.
The Fixer , which was first published in April 2010, follows a month in the life of a fight fixer called Ray Lester – he puts people in the fight business together and scrapes a living from a variety of legal jobs inside the boxing business.
Ray is contacted by a wayward blonde and asked to find her dad. He agrees and ends up coming close to too many nutjobs. He ends up in Las Vegas at the Hatton-Mayweather fight, on Atlantic City’s dirty boardwalk, in an East End gym and on the bleak streets of Blackpool trying to make sense of the carnage; at the same time he has to make an honest living from his list of fighters and mad contacts.
On the news that The Fixer has made a welcome return to the bookshops Steve said, “It’s a great time for the second print of the book to come out. The new film, The Fighter, just won two Golden Globes and will be a massive hit. In the USA a new boxing show on FX called Lights Out is getting rave reviews.
This book fits right in there and there is clearly an appetite for an unconventional look at the boxing business. I’ve been in the business since I was about ten at the old St.Pancras nursery near St.Pancras station, Las Vegas for over 50 fights, Olympic boxing, forgotten nights, deaths and a zillion ringsides talking cobblers.
Great way to waste a life!
There is a lot of talk about journeymen boxers at the moment with all the Prizefighter buzz. Well, my book is packed with journeymen and the men
that control them and use them. In the book the journeyman comes close to
getting a voice – close. He’s too bashed up to speak and has to eat a kebab through a straw!
The Fixer is part of a quartet – the second book will be out next year. A lot of fight people have called me after reading it and told me: ‘I found it, I’ve found myself. Thanks, Steve.’ That’s quality.” Steve Bunce, better known as Buncey, has worked as a journalist and broadcaster since 1985 and is widely regarded as ‘the voice of British boxing’.
A regular columnist for Boxing Monthly, Buncey also contributes to The Independent and the Sunday Herald. He has a monthly boxing show on BBC Radio Five Live and hosts a weekly boxing chat show on BBC Radio London 94.9 & DAB on Thursdays at 8pm.
The Fixer by Steve Bunce is available now on-line at Amazon.com and all good bookshops, RRP. £9.99.
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Baku Fires Still Unbeaten after 7 Weeks
There was little change in the team standings at the end of the week seven matches in the World Series of Boxing, as the leading teams continued to dominate. But a few surprises in the individual bouts caused plenty of movement in the individual standings that will determine which boxers go through to the individual championships, which offer a quote place for the London 2012 Olympic Games.
With 5-0 wins in each of the team’s first two meetings, the Mexico City Guerreros were hoping for more of the same as the two teams dueled at the DeSoto Civic Center on Thursday, but the Force showed a resolve that had been missing in five of their first six contests, leaving a close split decision in the light heavyweight to decide the match and hand the Guerreros a 3-2 victory.
The deciding bout of the evening took place in the light heavyweight division featuring Javier Ortega, and Tony Mack of the Memphis Force. Ortega got the better of Mack, scoring a split-decision victory by the narrowest of margins, 48-47, 47-48, 49-48, to put the Guerreros up for good 3-1. Ortega’s win moved him up the WSB rankings to fourth, while Mack was left with a 0-2 record.
Heavyweight Javonta Charles got to fight in front of his hometown fans, friends and family in his third WSB bout and took advantage of that momentum to break into the win column for the first time in his young WSB career. Facing Alex Rivera, who came into the battle already fatigued with an illness, Charles wouldn’t let up throughout the bout. By the fifth round, Rivera had decided he had had enough and didn’t come out of the corner, giving Charles the TKO victory.
Hollywood Fight Night turned into another Los Angeles Matador exhibition on Sunday as the league-leading team showcased their superiority over the competition yet again and secured a 5-0 win against the visiting Miami Gallos.
The Matadors, competing in their new home at the Avalon Hollywood , move to 6-1 on the year and gain another three points in the overall standing for a total of 19, six ahead of their nearest competitor the Mexico City Guerreros. Miami fall to 3-4 overall with nine points. The Gallos have now dropped two in a row to the Matadors after defeating them on November 23 in each team’s season opener.
The Ukraine’s Vyacheslav Shabranskij put together perhaps the upset of the inaugural WSB season by defeating 2008 Olympic silver medalist Kenny Egan in the light heavyweight contest. Egan had been inactive since a cut to his eye in his opening bout and took a while to get his ring rhythm back again, which allowed Shabranskij to build up a good lead after two rounds, leading to the split-decision victory, 48-47, 46-49, 49-46. Shabranskij has been impressive with three wins and no losses to date, good enough to move him into third in WSB standings.
Dolce & Gabbana Milano Thunder became the first team to inflict a home defeat on Paris United on Friday as they took a crucial 3-2 away victory at the Halle Carpentier.
Milano Thunder’s night started well as Vittorio Parrinello scored a close victory over number one ranked bantamweight John Joe Nevin. A mighty punch thrown by Nevin to Parrinello’s head in the third round motivated the Italian, who managed to win on a split decision: 47-48, 48-47, 47-48. John Joe Nevin was disappointed: “Even if I didn’t box at my best, I thought I did enough to win. The Olympics remains my main goal and I will reach it anyway,” he said. The defeat drops Nevin from first to sixth in the individual rankings.
Ludovic Groguhe remains top in the light heavyweight rankings after an impressive performance against Milano Thunder’s new signing Thomas Edward McCarthy. The Frenchman appeared stronger from the outset and the bout was stopped in the last round due to an injury to McCarthy, handing Groguhe a clear victory with a unanimous 50-45, 50-45, 50-44 score card.
With the teams tied at 2-2 going into the heavyweight contest, the last bout of the night was the decider. Tony Yoka once again faced Olympic silver medallist Clemente Russo, who defended well thanks to faster foot work. For the third time of the night the battle was stopped in the last round after Russo sustained a cut above the left eye. The Italian won on a split decision: 47-48, 47-48, 48-47. “I don’t think I deserved to lose this fight” said Yoka afterwards. “I was better than last time, I think I did rather well”. The 3-2 victory allowed Milano Thunder to move within one point of Paris United in the team standings for Europe.
The Istanbulls took a 4-1 home victory against the Moscow Kremlin Bears on Friday night. New signing Sukhrab Shidaev was the only boxer to win for Moscow, with a unanimous decision against Onur Sipal in the middleweight contest.
Mehmet Topcakan extended his record to 3-0 at bantamweight, while new signing David Oliver Joyce opened with a victory over Adlan Abdurashidov in the lightweight contest. Germany’s Enrico Kolling also moved to 3-0 for the season after beating Zhavlonbek Usmanov by unanimous decision. The win moves Kolling up to third place in the individual boxer standings.
Heavyweight Mohammed Arjaoui improved to 2-1 with a unanimous decision over the new Moscow signing Arslanbek Makhmudov. The victory leaves the Istanbulls trailing Milano Thunder by five points in the hotly contested European conference.
Baku Fires remain the only unbeaten team in the WSB after once again beating the Beijing Dragons away on Saturday. But the victory was far from easy pickings as the teams were tied 2-2 going into the final heavyweight contest.
Luo Shaofang avenged his loss to Magomed Abdulhamidov in week one of the tournament by becoming the first boxer to beat the Azeri this season. Luo connected more often with strong punches, which the judges reflected with a unanimous 48-46, 49-45, 49-45 in his favor.
Baku Fires equaled the scores in the lightweight contest after Fang Lei admitted he was not satisfied with his performance against Ramal Amanov, in another repeat of the team’s opening match.
Liu Wei defeated Mahamed Nurudzinau of the Baku Fires with a unanimous decision on points. He had previously lost to Olympic Champion Bakhyt Sarsekbayev in week two. “He (Bakhyt) is a very experienced boxer. But I’m young and improving my status over every fight. I know I didn’t look too impressive, but a win is a win,” he modestly confided after the match.
Ramazan Magomedov brought Baku level again by beating Faye Assane in the light heavyweight contest. His new team mate Abdulkadir Abdullayev then quickly sealed the match for the Baku Fires with a second round TKO against Cheng Xiangyang in the heavyweight match-up. The undefeated Baku Fires are five points clear of their nearest rival, Astana Arlans, in the Asian conference and are statistically the best team overall.
The Astana Arlans maintain a slender lead over Milano Thunder as the best second-placed team overall after a 3-2 win against the Pohang Poseidons in Korea on Saturday.
Things started badly for the Poseidons on their first home match in a new venue, as the Arlans quickly opened up a 3-0 lead to seal the match after the first three bouts.
The Poseidons responded with wins for Abdelhafid Benchabla from Algeria in the light heavyweight bout, who is ranked second and remains in contention for a place in the individual championships, and his compatriot Chouaib Bouloudinats, who salvaged a valuable point for the Poseidons with a close win on points against Milutin Stankovic 48-47, 49-46, 48-47.
By Frank Warren
Wladimir Klitschko’s trainer Manny Steward says Dereck Chisora poses a big risk to the IBF/WBO world champion.
The Londoner takes on Klitschko in Germany on April 30.
And veteran trainer Steward says he would have preferred it had Klitschko not faced him.
“Chisora is the most dangerous opponent Wladimir will have fought in many years, because Dereck brings energy and confidence and youthfulness that’s different from what we’ve been fighting in recent fights,” he told Sky Sports Ringside.
“I think Dereck Chisora is a very tough fight. If it was up to me, I would not fight Dereck. I would prefer to fight with David Haye.
“But Wladimir has to make the decision.
“And Wladimir is an honorable man, and he felt that he should fight Dereck, because the way the fight was canceled because of his injury.
“It’s not Dereck’s fault, so he felt that he had the obligation to fight Dereck because it’s going to be a long time between he and David Haye.”
Latest Boxing News in Brief – Monday 31st January For: Adamek vs. McBride, Amir Khan, Carl Froch, Carl Froch, David Haye, Giovanni Segura, ‘I`ll Go to War with Andy Lee!’, Ivan Calderon, Jamie “Mr Business”, Pittman, Liebling Award, Odlanier Solis, Paul McCloskey, Pete Hamill, Vitali Klitschko
- Calderón-Segura II on April 2 – Former WBO 108lb champion Ivan Calderon will allegedly have a rematch with reigning WBO/WBA champion Giovanni Segura on April 2 in Mexico according to credible sources. The television money weighed in this decision, which should be announced in the coming days.
- Hamill wins Liebling Award — Veteran New York journalist and author Pete Hamill has been selected by the Boxing Writers Association of America as the winner of this year’s A.J. Liebling Award. Bestowed since 1995 by the BWAA, the award honors the elegant New Yorker stylist, who chronicled the sport for decades and whose work was subsequently collected in the timeless boxing books The Sweet Science and A Neutral Corner. The Liebling Award will be presented at the BWAA’s annual dinner in Las Vegas on May 6th.
- ‘I`ll Go to War with Andy Lee!’ – Scottish and Irish boxing fans on the East Coast of America are gearing up for their Fight of the Year as Holywood-based, Edinburgh middleweight Craig McEwan takes on Limerick’s Andy Lee at the Foxwoods Caino, Connecticut on 12th March. The fight ,which is being billed by top promoter Lou Di Bello as the ‘Celtic War’, is effectively a world title eliminator. Connecticut is deep in the heart of Irish America and it is likely that Lee’s countrymen will greatly outnumber Scottish fans on the night. However McEwan, who likes to fight as the underdog, will not be fazed by this.
- WBC super middleweight champion Carl Froch (27-1, 20 KO’s) has decided to start his training camp this week for his May 21st bout against 42-year-old Glen Johnson (51-14-2, 35 KO’s) for their semifinals Super Six tournament bout. As of now, there isn’t a designated venue, but Froch is holding out hope that the fight will take place in the UK. It’s going to be up to Showtime whether they’ll agree to that.
- Khan reaches out to Katsidis — With negotiation attempts with EBU light welterweight champion Paul McCloskey and Lamont Peterson having been tried and failed, WBA light welterweight champion Amir Khan (24-1, 17 KO’s) now says his management will be contacting lightweight contender Michael Katsidis (27-3, 22 KO’s) on Monday to see if he’ll be interested in a fight on April 16th in the UK.
- Adamek vs. McBride – Heavyweight contender Tomasz Adamek (43-1, 28 KO’s) has reportedly signed the contract to face 37-year-old Kevin McBride (35-8-1, 29 KO’s) in a tune-up bout on April 16th, at the Spodek, Katowice, Poland. According to fightnews.com, the contracts have been signed for this fight, which is a warm-up for the 34-year-old Adamek for his September bout against one of the Klitschko brothers in Poland.
- Pittman and Leapai win — By Ray Wheatley - Former WBA middleweight challenger Jamie “Mr Business” Pittman (21-2, 8 KOs) was impressive as he outscored Tim Kanofski (11-4) in an action bout over six rounds at the Gold Coast Convention Centre in Broad Beach Queensland, Australia on Saturday. Pittman, 6’1, boxing from the southpaw stance controlled the action in all the rounds as he connected, consistently with accurate combinations on his aggressive opponent. Kanofski came to fight but had no answer to the world class skills of the Athens 2004 Olympian. Pittman’s amateur record: (111-26). Pittman lost WBA middleweight challenge in 2008 when Felix Sturm stopped him in seven rounds. Pittman is managed by Bill Treacy and trained by Graham Shaw. “Pittman will be in regular action in 2011 and we will be looking for world rated opponent,” said Shaw.
- Unbeaten former 2004 Olympic Gold Medalist Odlanier Solis (17-0, 12 KO’s) is really serious his March 19th title challenge against WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko (41-2, 38 KO’s) at the Lanxess-Arena, in Cologne, Germany. Solis, who came into his last fight in December weighing a fat looking 260 pounds, is currently training in the snow-covered mountains in Germany and is putting in 2 1/2 hours of roadwork each day to lose some of the fat that’s collected on his once lean 200 pound frame.
- By Mark Vester — WBC super middleweight champion Carl Froch would have liked to take part in a doubleheader with his close friend, WBA heavyweight champion David Haye, but he doesn’t believe it’s possible. Froch faces Glen Johnson in the semi-finals of the Super Six tournament on May 21, which is the same date as Haye’s scheduled title defense at the O2 Arena in London. — Sky Sports wanted Froch and Haye to take part in a pay-per-view doubleheader on the May 21 date. Froch says his contract in the Super Six orders the semi-finals, and the final bout, to take place in the United States. He’s not too happy about that, but says there is a chance that his fight with Johnson will take place in Canada. – “David is an old mate from my amateur days and we have been talking about a double header with Sky,” said Froch to the Nottingham Post. “I think it would be really good. But Showtime have said from day one that the semi-finals and finals would be in America. There is a chance I could fight in Canada and I might have to settle for that.”
Emanuel Steward, Wladimir Klitschko trainer talks about Tomasz Adamek
Nipper Pat Daly, real name Patrick Clifford Daley (17 February 1913 – 25 September 1988), was a British boxer who fought professionally between 1923 and 1931. He made his professional debut at the age of nine, achieved widespread fame in his mid teens as British boxing’s ‘Wonderboy’, then retired from pro boxing at age 17
The Wonderboy of 1920s and 1930s Boxing
By Alex Daley
If ever there was a fighter truly gifted with a natural ability to box, his name was Nipper Pat Daly. The Nipper’s story is utterly unique in the annals of boxing history. He is one of the sport’s long-forgotten marvels and also, perhaps, one of its great tragedies.
His professional career began at the age of nine; by 16 he had beaten some of the best fly, bantam and featherweights in Europe, including several champions; yet before he had reached 18 he was finished.
Trained and managed by ‘Professor’ Andrew Newton (one of Britain’s leading boxing figures of the day), at age 10 Pat was making his name around London’s small fight halls, conceding weight, height and reach to older lads, yet boxing as if such disparities meant nothing.
It soon became clear that ‘Nipper’, as Pat’s trainer dubbed him, would require tougher opposition if his boxing skills were to be truly tested and extended. And so he was matched with Johnny Summers of Leeds, the north of England’s very own boxing prodigy. He comfortably beat Summers and when the latter’s father demanded two rematches within the next 24 hours, Pat was successful both times.
For the next three years he attended school in the daytime, while training and amassing a long string of victories in the evenings and at weekends. By 14 it was clear that his future lay not in the classroom but in the ring, and he left school to box fulltime.
Nipper Pat breezed his way through the cream of Britain’s flyweights and by 1928, after defeating continental champions Giovanni Sili and Ludwig Minow, he was considered a top contender for the eight-stone British title, held by Johnny Hill of Leith, Scotland.
But one man in particular stood in the way of his title ambitions: the division’s number-one contender, Bert Kirby of Birmingham. Kirby had fought his way to the top of the flyweight tree and most critics believed he would soon be British champion (which he did become in March 1930).
A match with Kirby was made and immediately sparked a press outcry. Most newspaper critics considered it insane to pit a boy of 15 against a man of Kirby’s experience, however talented the youngster. But, seemingly unfazed by the negative press, Pat boxed rings round the tough Birmingham fighter to finish a clear points winner after 12 three-minute rounds.
Despite confounding the critics and beating the number-one contender, Pat did not get his title shot. He was offered an overweight match with Johnny Hill, but declined as he felt that he had earned a championship fight. Not long afterwards, any hopes of winning the title at 15 were dashed when the newly instituted BBB of C introduced a rule restricting the age of championship competitors.
Pat fought 33 contests in 1929, losing only three. It was a year that would see him rise to the peak of his career and at the same time practically end it. At the start of the year he was struggling to make flyweight, so stepped up to bantam.
Victories over Belgian (and future European) bantamweight champion Petit Biquet and leading contender (and future British champ) Dick Corbett served to further his reputation as Britain’s most outstanding boxing talent. He fought his way through the country’s best bantams with the same ease he had the flyweights.
He had not long celebrated his sixteenth birthday when he was matched with the recently dethroned British bantamweight champion, Kid Pattenden, who, having just lost his title in a closely-contested match to Teddy Baldock, was keen to prove his worth for a return title fight. Few gave Pat a chance against the powerful Bethnal Green man, who had KO’d leading contenders five to ten years older than the Marylebone youngster.
The bout that followed, however, was described by those who witnessed it as one of the finest ever seen on British soil. To quote the press of the day, Pat provided, ‘a feast of boxing in every round. It was a one-sided fight, yet a wonderfully spectacular one. Although he [Pattenden] fought as only he can, he was up against a master, and it was evident that he also realised this position.’ When the fight ended the Bethnal Green man was in the centre of the ring heartily congratulating his opponent on a display of boxing worthy of the greatest.
By mid-1929, news of Nipper Pat Daly’s extraordinary talent had spread to America. A letter arrived at Newton’s gym one morning in early October with an incredible proposition enclosed. It was an offer to fight Battling Battalino for the world featherweight title in America. Due to his age, Pat would not be permitted to box more than six rounds in the USA, but Battalino’s management had found a State willing to sanction and stage a six-round world title fight. Pat was ecstatic. ‘When do we pack?’ he asked his manager. But joy turned to dismay when he was abruptly told he would not be going. The Professor would not permit him to go to the States and no amount of pleading on Pat’s part would change his mentor’s mind.
Although denied his world-title shot, Pat did get a fight with the reigning British featherweight champion, Johnny Cuthbert. Although, owing to Pat’s age, the British title was not at stake, if successful over Cuthbert he was promised a match with the legendary Fidel LaBarba, to be arranged by the Europe-based American promoter Jeff Dickson.
The stage was set for a battle of David and Goliath proportions. Could the ‘wonder boy’ boxer topple one of Britain’s finest ever featherweight champions? Once again certain sections of the press condemned the matching of a 16-year-old with a seasoned champion of 25. But at the same time, Pat, who had already caused so many upsets, was given more than a fair chance of winning.
What the boxing public did not know was that Nipper, still a growing teenager, was having ever increasing difficulty in making even the featherweight limit. For some time, through strict diet and an arduous training regime, he had been fighting at what was probably a couple of stone beneath his natural weight.
He would years later recall making the 9 stone 1 lb limit for the Cuthbert fight as, ‘one of the hardest jobs of my life. I wore five sweaters and a sheepskin jacket to get the weight off. I would take off a couple of pounds, go home to lunch, drink half a cup of tea and a piece of dry toast and then come back to the gym several ounces worse off than when I started!’
On the morning of the fight he was still overweight. A couple of hours’ hard training failed to shift the excess, but a trip to the local Turkish baths finally got him down to 9 stone 1 lb. ‘I was inside the weight but what a wreck I was! Weak and as white as a sheet I went home to rest before going to Holborn to do battle with one of the greatest champions Great Britain has produced.’
Despite his weakened condition, Pat was determined not to let his big opportunity pass. For seven rounds he outboxed the champion and by the eighth had built himself a comfortable points lead. But the eighth would prove to be one of the most disastrous and costly rounds of his career. Realising that the fight was slipping away from him, Cuthbert came out in ferocious style. A momentary lapse in the Nipper’s normally rock-solid defence saw a lightning right hand from Cuthbert land flush on his jaw. As he went down, perhaps more telling than the blow itself, Pat’s head hit the canvas hard. He tried to rise at nine, but collapsed and was counted out.
Straight after the fight Pat had a visit from Jimmy Wilde. ‘He’s a great fighter, but you’re overworking him,’ he told Newton. ‘Handle him right and he’ll be world champion.’ He was told by Pat’s mentor in no uncertain terms to ‘mind his own business’. One newspaper wrote: ‘Daly should be given a long rest, and allowed to grow in a normal way. If this is not done he will be finished before he is twenty.’
Within a fortnight, however, he was back in the ring to beat Jack Millard of Willesden at Paddington Baths. Pat continued to win fights, but something seemed to be missing from the brilliance he had displayed up until the Cuthbert match. He looked like fighting his way back among the champions when he was matched with an up-and-coming fighter called Seaman Tommy Watson, who would later become British featherweight champion and go the distance with Kid Chocolate for the world title in America.
Pat had looked impressive while preparing for the fight. Sparring with Al Foreman, who was training for his lightweight title fight with Fred Webster, he had more than held his own. It was enough to convince him that he was back close to his best and a win over Watson would certainly set his career back on track. But once again he had weight trouble and, come the morning of the fight, was required to sweat and starve to make the 9 stone 6 lb required weight.
Pat came out for the first round in impressive style, but in the second left himself open to a powerful Watson right hand. Down he went for the count of nine and rose to his feet, but only to be knocked down twice more and then rescued by the bell. For the next few rounds the Seaman gave him trouble, but in round six Pat staged a miraculous comeback, and by the end of the 12th had probably edged himself ahead on points.
Catching him off balance in the 13th, however, Watson landed a lightning left hook to Pat’s jaw. He was floored and rose at nine, but only to be put down again – this time for a count of six. His senses scattered and fighting purely on instinct, Nipper was floored twice more and would say of the last knockdown:’I have some dim recollection of trying to get up but when I did nothing hit me. The fight had been stopped. Friends told me afterwards of the tears at ringside.’
He was ill for weeks, unable to walk properly and left with concussion. As soon as he could Pat returned to the gym, but only to be told by Newton that he had another fight arranged, with a tough Welshman named Nobby Baker. ‘I was leading on points narrowly up to the thirteenth round when Baker caught me with a wild swing, which previously I would have avoided, and I went down. I got up and was put down for two more counts and referee Jack Hart stopped the fight.’ Although he hadn’t realised it, Pat was still concussed from the Watson fight.
Not long afterwards, he split from Professor Newton for good. He had a series of fights under Fred Austin’s promotions, winning them all bar a draw. But the magic was gone. None of these men were in the class of Corbett, Pattenden, Cuthbert or Watson. Realising he would now never win a world title, Nipper Pat Daly, the boy wonder, retired from the fight game at 17. Had he fought as a grown man it would probably have been at middleweight or light-heavy. Had he only been handled with care, it is quite possible that the ’30s world fight scene would have boasted another great champion.
Nipper: new boxing book released in 2011
A biography of Nipper Pat Daly, exploring his ring career and life (both in and out of boxing), is due to be published in early 2011.
With rare photos, detailed fight analysis, and extracts from Nipper Pat’s personal (previously unpublished) memoirs, the book resurrects the extraordinary times of an extraordinary boxer, and offers a great insight into the boxing world of the 1920s and ’30s.
For more information on Nipper Pat Daly
Professor Andrew Newton’s (Daly’s trainer) niece Annie Newton (Pioneer for womens boxing).
Nipper Pat Daly at a LEBA function in the 1970s
Nipper Pat Daly of Marylebone (left), unknown ex-boxer (centre) and Arthur Norton of Marylebone (right) at a 1970s LEBA function