Ronnie Clayton former British, British Empire and European featherweight champion Boxing News 1949 achievement award belt. Comprising of five graduated medallions linked by silver chain in red, white and blue leather waistband, the centre silver medallion with a pair of boxers in action and inscribed 'Awarded by Boxing News' flanked by two silver medallions with laurel leaf borders, the right hand medallion engraved 'Ronnie Clayton, Blackpool, British Empire and Featherweight Champion' and the left hand medallion engraved 'Presented to Ronnie Clayton voted the boxer who has done the most for British Boxing during 1949 in a nationwide poll by Boxing News magazine'. Each piece hallmarked and the belt complete with the original velvet lined leather case. Measuring 38" x 3 1/2".
Condition excellent (visible signs of age and tarnishing)
Ronnie Clayton (9 February 1923 – 2007), born in Blackpool, Lancashire whose career highlight was winning the European Featherweight championship in 1947.
Clayton was one of three brothers all who were boxers. All three brothers once boxed on the same boxing show held at Blackpool tower.
He became a professional boxer in 1941 and was trained by his brother, Jackie at their gym in Blackpool. He was managed throughout his thirteen year boxing career by George Dingley.
In total he had thirteen Championship bouts against boxers including, World Champion Jackie Patterson, South African champion Vic Toweel, Jackie Turpin, Manuel Ortiz and Spider Kelly.
In 1947 Clayton won three boxing championships. He won the British featherweight boxing championship, a title which he held for seven years, until 1954. He also became British Empire featherweight champion, which he held from 1947 to 1951 and he also became European featherweight champion which he held until 1948.
Clayton was also the outright winner of two Lonsdale belts.
In October 2006 the Silver-Gilt Featherweight Lonsdale Belt won outright by Clayton in 1953 was auctioned by Bonhams as part of a sporting memorabilia sale for £2,938.