United States vs Great Britain international Golden Gloves heavyweight championship diamond belt won by London's Hugh "Pat" Floyd in 1935 when Jack Dempsey and Gene Tunney advised him to turn professional.
Gilt and enamelled 5 1/4" x 3 1/4" buckle set with a diamond, approximately 0.35ct on striped USA red white and blue satin band, the buckle engraved to the reverse, won by (blank) Yankee Stadium, New York, NY July 2, 1935.
Hugh "Pat" Floyd, once dubbed by the New York Daily Times as “the greatest amateur heavy that England has ever produced”.
The four times ABA heavyweight champion, born in Dalston, fought from the late 1920's to the mid-1940's.
He won the heavyweight title in 1929, 1934, 1935 and his last in 1946 – 17 years after his first, and still the World record span for championship wins to this day.
Floyd represented England in the 1934 European Championships in Budapest, was the Empire Games Champion and captain, and won the Golden Gloves tournament in New York in the summer of 1935, when Jack Dempsey and Gene Tunney advised him to turn pro. He ignored their advice.
He was also a member of the first official boxing contest between England and Norway on December 8, 1935 in the Oslo Colosseum, where his opponent was Erling Nilsen.
During the war Floyd was commissioned in the RAF Regiment, returning to the ring just afterwards to ensure the title stayed in Britain by beating the favoured French competitor in the final.
The following year he qualified as a referee and imposed his 6ft 6ins frame to impressive effect as an official in the ring until he retired. In later life he was chairman and acting president of the London Ex-Boxers’ Association, and in 1984 he won the Joe Bromley Award for Outstanding Services to Boxing.
***Hugh "Pat" Floyd had a nineteen year career commencing with his first fight aged sixteen, on 29 March 1927, to the conclusion of his fighting career in 1946. The extraordinary nature and achievements of a man who deserves to be remembered among the greats of British boxing***
Condition - beautiful
Hugh "Pat" Floyd was a late 1920's to mid-1940's amateur heavyweight boxer from Dalston, London. He had been the ABA Heavyweight champion in 1929, 1934, 1935, and 1946 (17 years after his first title). He represented England in the 1934 European Championships in Budapest, and had engaged in the Golden Gloves tournament in New York in the summer of 1935.
He was a member of the first official boxing contest between England and Norway on December 8, 1935 in the Oslo Colosseum; his opponent was Erling Nilsen.