Jack Gardner former British, Commonwealth and European heavyweight champion SIGNED and INSCRIBED "My regards David" black & white 5 1/2" x 3 1/2" photo.
Condition very good (slight creasing)
Price: £ SOLD
Jack Gardner was born in 1926 at Market Harborough, England. He began boxing while in the Grenadier Guards in the British Army during the 1940s and won the Army and Imperial Services Titles in 1948 as well as the ABA Heavyweight Title. He weighed anywhere from 198 to 221 pounds during his career. He was one of the best punchers in the heavyweight division and was never KO'd during his career (he lost two by TKO, one due to cuts).
He made his professional debut in 1948 when he defeated three men on the same night in a novice tournament. Gardner won all three fights by knockout in the first round. He was a slow mover but had a good left hand. Gardner won ten more fights, and he won five fights by KO in the first round during his career.
Gardner defeated Johnny Williams in 1950 in one of the most grueling fights ever staged in Britain after both men had to spent a night in a hospital. He won the British and Empire Heavyweight Title Eliminator and the fight was christened the "Bloodbath of the Midlands". Gardner then became a contender for the Heavyweight Championship of the World in 1950, even being rated above Rocky Marciano, the undefeated Heavyweight Champion of the World.
Gardner challenged Bruce Woodcock in 1950 for the British and Empire Heavyweight Championship, defeating him by TKO after eleven rounds. Afterwards, Gardner defeated Jo Weidin on points after fifteen rounds in 1951 for the European Heavyweight Championship. He then lost his European title to Hein Ten Hoff later that year after fifteen rounds and lost his British and Empire titles to Johnny Williams on points in 1952, retiring from boxing.
However, he made a comeback in 1954 with a series of victories and Gardner knocked out Williams after five rounds in 1955 in a British and Empire Heavyweight Title Eliminator.
However, he was finally defeated in 1956 by TKO after two rounds with Joe Bygraves. He then retired from boxing at age twenty nine.
Gardner had a record of 28 wins, 23 by KO, and 6 losses, 2 by TKO.