Randolph Turpin former 1951 middleweight World champion special limited edition gold cast bronze statue created by renowned sculptor Carl Payne.
Beautifully designed 1 of only 10 and stunningly detailed with Randolph in typical boxing pose to commemorate the unveiling of the life size statue performed by boxing royalty Sir Henry Cooper on 10th July 2001 (50th anniversary of Randolph defeating Sugar Ray Robinson to become World middleweight champion). The statue stands on the west side of the market square in Warwick.
This rare unique artefact is signed by sculptor Carl Payne also incorporated upon the base is a plaque containing facsimile autograph of Randolph Turpin along with inscription which reads "1928-1966 Middleweight Champion Of The World 1951"
Measures - base 8 1/2" x 5 3/4" height 19" / Condition stunningly beautiful and extremely heavy.
Stars of the boxing ring past and present gathered in Warwick on Tuesday, 10 July, 2001 to commemorate British boxing legend Randolph Turpin.
Sir Henry Cooper unveiled a replica bronze statue of Turpin nicknamed the "Leamington Licker" exactly 50 years after his greatest win.
On 10 July 1951, the Leamington Spa born fighter carried off the World middleweight title after beating America's Sugar Ray Robinson in front of 18,000 people at Earls Court in London.
The statue, which commemorates Turpin's life and career, was sculpted by Stoke-on-Trent artist Carl Payne and cast at a foundry in Oswestry.
It has been erected in Warwick's Town Square.
Adrian Bush, chairman of the Randolph Turpin Memorial Fund, said it had taken five years to reach the unveiling ceremony, which was a fitting memorial to the fighter.
"People always used to say, 'What have they got for Randolph?' and there wasn't anything.
"Now there is something."
He added: "He was one of the World's greatest middleweights, beating Sugar Ray Robinson pound for pound.
"He was the biggest boxer of the day and undefeated in 131 bouts until he met Randolph.
"Not only that, he was junior ABA and senior ABA champion as an amateur in the same year which hasn't been done since."
Although born in Leamington, Turpin's family lived in neighbouring Warwick and both towns laid claim to him as their famous son.
About Carl Payne
Carl Payne’s extraordinary figurative sculpture is based on traditional tenets but has a bold contemporary style. He is part of an artistic movement in which technical skill, quality and craftsmanship are valued and enjoyed within a modern and forward thinking aesthetic. He is inspired by music, the female form and a host of artistic figures including Rodin, Alfred Gilbert and Charles Sargant Jagger, as well as many of the Pre-Raphaelites.
Born in Staffordshire in 1969 Carl was interested in art from an early age and was commissioned by the local council to spray a mural on a park bandstand. This experience inspired him to pursue a career in art and he enrolled at college to study surface pattern design, but it was here that he discovered his talent for sculpting by boldly accepting a commission from a local businessman. He surprised himself with his natural skill and changed direction to qualify in Figurative Sculpture.
The list of Carl’s completed commissioned work is extensive, including many household names from the sporting World, commerce and the past: King George and Queen Mary commissioned by Cunard for the ballroom of the Queen Mary 2 cruise ship, Torvill and Dean for a public statue, and George Best, Bobby Moore and Pele for private collectors. His personal favourite is the Sir Stanley Matthews statue at the Britannia stadium: it is the largest sculpture he had created and was technically challenging, dynamic, historical and unique – it was also voted the best sporting statue in Europe!
Carl’s highly acclaimed bronze sculptures have won him collectors from all over the World.
Randolph Turpin Documentary - **MUST SEE VIEWING**
Randolph Adolphus ('Randy') Turpin (7th June 1928 – 17th May 1966) known as the Leamington Larruper, and was considered by some to be Europe's best middleweight boxer of the 1940's and 1950's.
Born in Leamington Spa, to a black father who had emigrated from Guyana and a white British mother, he started like his brother Dick to be trained in the art of boxing at Leamington Boys' Club.
Turpin turned professional in London in 1946, soon after his 18th birthday. Trained by his elder brother Dick, who himself was a successful middleweight, Randolph knocked out Gordon Griffiths in his first bout. Turpin put together a string of 16 wins in a row, all over the United Kingdom, until drawing with Mark Hart over six rounds in his last bout of 1947.
Three wins later, he found himself facing Albert Finch who inflicted on Turpin his first defeat, an 8-round-decision loss. After one more win he lost again, knocked out in 5 rounds by Jean Stock in London.
Turpin was determined not to lose again after the Stock defeat, and put together another string of wins which reached 12 (including a 4-round disqualification win against William Poli).
Re-matched with Finch, this time with the British middleweight title on the line, Turpin avenged his first loss and won his first championship by knocking out Finch in five rounds on 17th October 1950 at Harringay Arena.
Three more wins followed, including a disqualification win in 8 rounds against important challenger Tommy Yarosz. He then met European middleweight champion Luc Van Dam in London, whom he knocked out in the first round to seize the European championship.
Four wins followed after that, including a rematch with Stock, against whom he avenged his second defeat, knocking him out in 5 rounds. Then World middleweight champion Sugar Ray Robinson travelled to London and, on 10th July 1951, risked his title against Turpin, who won the World title by beating Robinson on a 15-round decision.
Turpin became an instant national hero. His win over Robinson gave him such celebrity that even many people who were not boxing fans knew who he was. When he signed for a rematch with Robinson and chose Gwrych Castle near Abergele in North Wales to train, the castle was constantly hounded by fans and tourists.
His days as a World champion didn't last long, however, and when he made his first trip outside his homeland for a fight, he lost his crown to Robinson by a tenth-round TKO with eight seconds left in the round at the Polo Grounds in New York on 12th September 1951.
This turned out to be the beginning of Turpin's problems, because he would begin to miss the sweet life that being a World boxing champion gave him.
He tried to regain his former status and, three fights later, beat Don Cockell in 11 rounds by a knockout to conquer the British Commonwealth light-heavyweight title.
Turpin went back down in weight, and beat Georges Angelo to regain his British middleweight title, and put on another string of wins, leading to his challenge of Bobo Olson for the World middleweight title that Robinson had left vacant after retiring.
His second trip to New York turned into another 15-round defeat, this time at the hands of Olson.
In 1954, he went to Rome where he lost his European middleweight title by a knockout in the first round to Tiberio Mitri.
He kept trying mightily as he could to regain his former condition as a World champion and even retained his British middleweight title a few times in his next ten fights, but he lost two of them to obscure opponents.
After that, he managed another winning streak against some obscure boxers, but by 1958 it was clear his best days in boxing were long over. He lost that year to Yolande Pompey, another future World title challenger, by a second-round knockout in Birmingham, and retired in 1959.
In 1962, he began another comeback which lasted for only two fights, both of which he won, the last being held in Malta.
He retired with a record of 66 wins, 8 losses and 1 draw. Of his 66 wins, 48 came by knockout.
By now he was so short of money that he resorted to professional wrestling. His name meant that he drew moderate crowds for a short time but in the end this venture was not a success because he was a fighter not a showman.
Retirement And Suicide
According to articles, reports and a biography, Turpin couldn't deal with the obscurity resulting from the loss of his crown. In Llandudno in Wales, he bought a public house on the Great Orme, which today retains several genuine artifacts from his career. Between 1952 and 1961, he was the registered licensee.
After being declared bankrupt, Turpin committed suicide by shooting himself in 1966. It is reported that, on the same day, he tried to kill his daughter.
Turpin was inducted as a member of the International Boxing Hall Of Fame in Canastota, New York in 2001. There is a statue of him in Market Square, Warwick.