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Re: Belfast boxers
« Reply #75 on: November 26, 2006, 03:12:21 AM »
Will O the wisp-----------what a record!

W 230     (65 ko's)           L 11  |  D 1  |  Total 242

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Re: Belfast boxers
« Reply #76 on: November 26, 2006, 03:18:10 AM »
Yes BeeGee
 My eyes arent good and if I got I the flash right, he was 95 or 96
Would that be correct ?

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Re: Belfast boxers
« Reply #77 on: November 26, 2006, 03:21:34 AM »
Mageeka
                 According to the report he was 84-born 19/9/1922

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Re: Belfast boxers
« Reply #78 on: November 26, 2006, 03:26:33 AM »
bad result last night in Sardinia for the Belfast bantamweight fighting for the European bantam title ---Damien Kelly      the Eyetie KOd him in the 3rd round------Kelly's corner threw the towell in to save him further punishment

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Re: Belfast boxers
« Reply #79 on: November 27, 2006, 06:32:30 PM »
WILLIE PEP, A FANTASTIC BOXER. TIM WEATHERSPOON. WAS IN BELFAST A FEW WEEKS BACK. I TOOK SOME GREAT SNAPS OF HIM . HE WAS IN A BOXING CLUB AND I CAN TELL YOU HE DIDNT LEAVE UNTIL HE GAVE HIS AUTOGRAPH TO EVERY CHILD THAT WAS THERE. HE IS A REAL GENTLEMAN. :(

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Re: Belfast boxers
« Reply #80 on: November 27, 2006, 11:47:15 PM »
Arkie
Why dont you post the snapshot ?

brian

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Re: Belfast boxers
« Reply #81 on: November 28, 2006, 08:16:41 AM »
Hi all,
I thought some of you might be interested in a new book called 'Yesterdays Glovemen-The Golden Days of Ulster Boxing'' ( Brehon Press) by Brian Madden ( my Uncle), which, according to the books fly leaf, is '' a celebration of these champions and journeymen.'', which include,among others, Jack Garland; Jim 'Spider' Kelly; Rinty Monaghan; Tom Meli ; Paddy Graham; Jim McCann; and of course Johnny Caldwell.
The introduction to the book states:'' the main intention is to resurrect the names of many of the battlers featured, the majority of whom have passed on, and in some cases have almost been forgotten.'
Cheers

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Re: Belfast boxers
« Reply #82 on: November 28, 2006, 03:15:38 PM »
brian        thanks for that info- you have an address where can I purchase a copy?

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Re: Belfast boxers
« Reply #83 on: November 28, 2006, 10:10:24 PM »
The book is selling for 16.99 in WH Smith, Watterstones and I also think Easons in Belfast.
Its hardback and nicely laid out with plenty of photos etc and would probably make a lovely Christmas present.
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Re: Belfast boxers
« Reply #84 on: November 29, 2006, 02:32:11 PM »
Who's the boxer who came from Belfast and I think he was a double world champion [welterweight....???] in the 1930s.

He got the nickname Baby Face....something.  Can't remember is second name. He beat a guy I think the name was Pancho....something.  Sorry its all a bit sketchy.

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Re: Belfast boxers
« Reply #85 on: November 29, 2006, 06:33:58 PM »
Jimmy Mclarnin beat PANCHO VILLA early in his career as a flyweight he was known as Babyface/Belfast Spider. .came fron Hillsborough  fought outta canada/ USA

Later in his career he won the world welter Title beating Barney Ross--------they fought 3 times         Ross winning twice

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Re: Belfast boxers
« Reply #86 on: November 29, 2006, 06:39:05 PM »
sept    1934 in madison Sq Gardens  .60000 in attendanc!e!!!!! when he beat Ross

was july 1925 when he beat VILLA

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Re: Belfast boxers
« Reply #87 on: November 29, 2006, 09:05:04 PM »
Thats the very man.  I was thinkin McClelland and every other 'mc',but couldn't get it.

I have read where he came from Hillsborough,but also Belfast.  I even read a boxing book which said he came from Dublin.

I think he was three when he left for Canada.  Maybe thats how the confusion arises.

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Re: Belfast boxers
« Reply #88 on: November 30, 2006, 12:12:11 AM »

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Re: Belfast boxers
« Reply #89 on: November 30, 2006, 01:04:42 AM »
Will O the wisp-----------what a record!

W 230     (65 ko's)           L 11  |  D 1  |  Total 242

See the Obituary thread for more about "Will O the Wisp" Willie Pep. 

A little story from the Belfast Telegraph about an elderly pensioner at Bury St Edmonds clutching his pension as he came out of the post office. He was approached by three muggers and asked to hand over the money. Our hero replied "No" and then decked the ringleader with a left hook to the chin. The pensioner was a former international boxer and Army middleweight champion ... George Bayliss.