Albert Finch former 1950's British middleweight champion who inflicted Randy Turpin's 1st defeat SIGNED and INSCRIBED "To Martin Best Wishes" black & white 41/4" x 3 1/2" promotional photo.
Albert Finch from Croydon in South London, who was active from 1945 to 1958. He fought as both a middleweight and light-heavyweight, becoming British middleweight champion in 1950.
He was one of seven children and learnt to box at the age of eight. He had a successful amateur career, winning 63 out of 68 contests.
He had his first professional fight on 14 August 1945 at the Queensbury Club, Soho, London. He fought a draw over six rounds against Eddie Starrs.
He continued to build up a successful domestic record with the odd defeat. In October 1948 he beat Mark Hart for the Southern Area middleweight title, winning on points over 12 rounds.
In April 1948, he fought the promising young middleweight, Randolph Turpin, at the Royal Albert Hall, and inflicted Turpin’s first defeat, winning on points over eight rounds.
In June 1949, he challenged Dick Turpin, elder brother of Randolph, for his British and Commonwealth middleweight titles. The fight was held in Birmingham and Turpin won on points over fifteen rounds.
In April 1950, he had a re-match with Dick Turpin, who in the meantime had lost his Commonwealth title. The fight was held in Nottingham and Finch won on points over fifteen rounds after having been knocked down twice. He was now the British middleweight champion.
Finch held the British title for only six months before losing it to Dick Turpin’s brother, Randolph in October 1950. They met at Harringay Arena, and Turpin, who had a powerful punch, knocked Finch out in the fifth round.
Finch began to find it difficult to make the middleweight weight limit and so moved up to fight as a light-heavyweight.
Following the Turpin defeat, he had a run of seven straight victories against light-heavyweights before fighting Don Cockell for his British and European light-heavyweight titles.
The fight was in October 1951, at the Harringay Arena, and Cockell won by a knockout in the seventh round.
He continued fighting as a light-heavyweight and in November 1954 he had another attempt at the British light-heavyweight title when he fought the holder, Alex Buxton, in Birmingham.
Unfortunately, he suffered another knockout, this time in the eighth round. By fighting at the heavier weight he was meeting heavier punches and so suffered more knockouts than previously.
In March 1956, he had a third attempt at the British light-heavyweight title when he fought Ron Barton for the vacant title. The fight at Harringay Arena ended with Barton winning by a technical knockout in the eighth round. This was his last title fight.
He continued fighting, with mixed success. One notable victory was a win by disqualification against Jim Cooper, Henry Cooper’s twin brother, in Stockholm. He had his last fight in March 1958, losing by a knockout in the third round against Tony Trigg.
After his retirement he worked at a meat market in Croydon and was active in assisting youthful boxers. He died in 2003 at the age of 76 years.