ULTRA RARE Britain's greatest ever World champions of any era Jimmy Wilde, Ted Kid Lewis, Jackie Brown & Jock McAvoy plus Eddie Thomas and Peter Wilson (journalist) multi SIGNED official on-site programme FABOULOUS!!! This official on-site 37 page programme featured Bruce Woodcock vs Lee Savold for the World heavyweight championship title, 6th June 1950, White City Stadium, London.
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Heavyweight champion Gene Tunney lauded Jimmy Wilde as "the greatest fighter I ever saw." The frail-looking Wilde, whose skinny limbs and protruding ribs belied the power of his punches, became the first flyweight champion to be recognized in the United States as well as in Britain.
The flyweight class was established in England in 1909 by the National Sporting Club, but American recognition of the division did not come until 1916, the year Wilde took the World title.
Wilde was born in Wales in the same area that produced Freddie Welsh and Jim Driscoll. The son of a poor coal miner, Wilde worked as a pit boy as a child, hacking coal from channels too narrow for a grown man. When he began boxing in 1908 at the age of sixteen, he weighed just 74 pounds. He competed in boxing booth tournaments in his home of Tylorstown, taking on all comers. His first recorded professional match was a knockout of Ted Roberts in 1911.
Wilde won the British 98-pound title in 1913 when he recorded an eighteen-round technical knockout over Billy Padden. In 1915, he failed in his bid to win the British and European flyweight championships in the first loss of his career when Tancy Lee stopped him in seventeen. The next year, however, Wilde won wide acclaim as flyweight champion when he defeated Joe Symonds in London with a TKO in twelve. He also trounced Lee in a rematch in 1916 to unify the British and European flyweight titles. Later the same year, Wilde knocked out Young Zulu Kid of the U.S. to gain universal acceptance as the World champion.
Wilde kept fighting and winning until former bantamweight champ Pete Herman hammered him for seventeen rounds in 1921 in London and Wilde collapsed from exhaustion. Still considered the flyweight champion, Wilde did not fight for over two years until he put his title on the line against the very hot Pancho Villa at the Polo Grounds in New York in 1923. In the first two rounds, Wilde fought well, but a hard right from Villa at the end of the second dazed him. Villa then pounded the champ at will until the fight ended in the seventh.
Wilde retired after the fight with Villa, putting his amazing seven-year career to bed. Veteran ring observers marveled for years at Wilde's power. He punched harder and more accurately than many men who outweighed him by 30 or 40 pounds.
His scrawny physical appearance remained a source of scrutiny throughout his career, and once he became champion, several doctors studied him, trying to determine the unique source of his strength. His unorthodox training methods, which included competing in the boxing booths even after he became champion and using his wife as a sparring partner, have all fueled the boxing World's interest in this unusual star.
Ted "Kid" Lewis One of the very best boxers England has ever produced, Lewis was born Gershon Mendeloff in London in 1894.
He turned professional in 1909 at the age of fourteen. In 1913 he captured the British featherweight title and added the European featherweight title in 1914. An excellent boxer, he won the World welterweight championship from Hall of Famer Jack Britton on August 31, 1915 in the first of their incredible 20-fight rivalry. He lost the title to Britton in 1916, only to regain it on June 25, 1917 and lose it back to his nemesis via 9th round kayo in 1919.
Lewis, who held multiple British, European and British Empire titles, challenged for the World light heavyweight title held by Hall of Famer Georges Carpentier, but was kayoed in the first round in 1922.
A standout champion of his era, the relentless Lewis retired in 1929 with a remarkable 173-30-14 (71KOS), 65ND record. He died on October 20, 1970.
Jackie Brown (November 29, 1909, in Collyhurst, Manchester, England – March 15, 1971) was British and European flyweight champion, and was also recognised by the National Boxing Association as the World flyweight champion.
He had his first professional fight on 18 May 1925, at the age of sixteen, defeating Harry Gainey on points over six rounds.
In October 1929, he won the vacant British flyweight title, knocking out Bert Kirby in three rounds. In March 1930, he defended the title against Kirby, and was knocked out in the third round. In February 1931, he met Kirby for the third time, winning back the title with fifteen-round points decision.
In May 1931, he won the European flyweight title, beating Lucien Popescu, of Romania on points. In the next two months he defended this title twice, winning on points against Emile Degand, of Belgium and Vincenzo Savo, of Italy.
In September 1932, he defended both his titles against Jim Maharg, winning on a disqualification in the eighth, for a low blow.
In October 1932, he fought Victor 'Young' Perez, of Tunisia for the World flyweight champion, beating him in thirteen rounds when Perez’ corner threw in the towel. Brown was recognized as World flyweight champion by the National Boxing Association of America.
In June and September 1933, he defended his World and European titles against Valentin Angelmann, of France, winning both defences on points.
In December 1933, he defended his British, European and World titles against Chris ‘Ginger’ Foran of Liverpool, winning on points.
In June 1934, he defended his World and European titles against Valentin Angelmann, for the third time, this time, after his previous two wins drawing on points. A year later Brown was stripped of his European title for not giving Angelmann a return bout.
Loss Of World Title
In September 1935, he defended his British and World flyweight titles against the talented Scottish fighter, Benny Lynch. He lost his titles when the referee stopped the contest in the second round.
Career As A Bantamweight
Following the loss of his titles, Brown continued fighting as a bantamweight. In May 1937 he fought holder Johnny King for the British bantamweight title, losing by a knockout in the thirteenth round.
This was his last challenge for a national or international title, but he continued fighting until July 1939. He then retired, but made a one-fight comeback in February 1948, when he scored a points victory over Billy Stevens over eight rounds.
Jock McAvoy (November 20, 1908 – November 20, 1971) who fought from 1927 to 1945. He was born Joseph Patrick Bamford in Rochdale, Lancashire. Jo Bamford adopted the name Jock McAvoy so that his mother did not relaise he was boxing. Initially discovered trained and managed by Joseph Tolley at Tolley's famous Rochdale Boxing Club, reference the Rochdale thunder bolt. During his career he held the British and commonwealth middleweight titles. McAvoy's bid to capture the European middleweight crown was derailed when he lost a unanimous decision to future World middleweight champion Marcel Thil of France in Paris on January 15, 1935.
He was unlucky never to have been World Middleweight Champion, considering his performance against Ed 'Babe' Risko. The American was champion when they fought, but as McAvoy was considered such a dangerous opponent, Risko's handlers would only allow the two to meet in a non-title affair.
Their apprehension was fully justified when McAvoy utterly destroyed the champion, sending him to the canvas 6 times for a first round knockout. However, McAvoy had performed too well for his own good, and boxing politics being what they were, he was never allowed a rematch with the title at stake.
McAvoy then decided to campaign as a light heavyweight in the United States. In November 1935 he made his debut in America, and put together a win streak that culminated in his obtaining a title shot in famed Madison Square Garden in New York. On March 13, 1936 he was outpointed over 15 rounds by World champion John Henry Lewis.
After his unsuccessful bid to capture the light heavyweight crown, McAvoy returned to England, and his next fight was for the British and British Empire heavyweight titles held by Welshman, Jack Petersen. Petersen won the fifteen round fight on points. His most important bouts thereafter were against Len Harvey, who outpointed him twice over 15 rounds at Harringay Arena, and future light heavyweight World champion Freddie Mills, who beat him on points and forced him to retire in the re-match with an injured back.
McAvoy was a hard puncher who scored 89 KOs in his 132 wins. He lost 14 times and was held to a draw once. McAvoy was named to the Ring Magazine's list of 100 greatest punchers of all time.
In 1951 he was stricken with polio and was wheelchair bound the rest of his life.
Eddie Thomas MBE (27 July 1926 – 2 June 1997), a Welsh boxing champion and boxing manager.
Thomas was born in Merthyr Tydfil. After a highly successful amateur boxing career, he turned professional in 1946. He won the Welsh welterweight title in 1948, the British welterweight title in 1949, and the European welterweight title in 1951, retaining it for only four months. He held the British Empire title for a period in the same year.
Retiring in 1954, he became the manager of two of Britain's most successful boxing champions, Howard Winstone and Ken Buchanan.
Thomas had a successful business career for a time, but in 1994 he was forced to resign as Mayor of Merthyr Tydfil.
A BBC TV programme, Champ from Colliers Row, was made about him in 1997, shortly after his death.