Allan Richardson vs Dave Needham II British featherweight title official on-site 2 page programme SIGNED by Allan Richardson, Terry Downes and John H. Stracey (additional unfamiliar signature inside), 20th April 1978, World Sporting Club, Mayfair, London.
Needham W points over 15 rounds
Ceri Collins vs Barry Price
Salvo Nucifero vs Joe Oke
Nigel Thomas vs Gary Collins
Condition fair/good - dinner menu card stock programme (heavy 'angled' crease, edge wear & tear, large stain mark to inside pages possibly spilt beer!! and soiling)
**signatures unaffected & offer great clarity**
Allan Richardson (born 4 November 1948 in Fitzwilliam) is an English amateur and professional featherweight boxer of the 1960s, and '70s, he was the 1969 Amateur Boxing Association of England featherweight boxing champion, won bronze medals in both the 1969 European Amateur Boxing Championships and the 1970 British Commonwealth Games, and was British professional featherweight boxing champion from Tuesday 15 March 1977 to Thursday 20 April 1978.
Allan Richardson trained at the White Rose Boys' Amateur Boxing Club in Wakefield, and won the Amateur Boxing Association of England (ABAE) Junior Class-B title against Brian Harding (St George's Stepney ABC) at RAF Stanmore Park Sports Arena, Middlesex on Thursday 27 May 1965, was runner-up for the Senior featherweight title against Johnny Cheshire (Repton ABC) at the 81st ABAE National Championship at Empire Pool and Sports Arena, Wembley on Friday 10 May 1968, won the Senior featherweight title against Eddie Pritchard (Llangefni ABC) at the 82nd ABAE National Championship at Empire Pool and Sports Arena, Wembley on Friday 9 May 1969, won a bronze medal losing on points in the semi-final to eventual gold medallist László Orbán at featherweight in the 1969 European Amateur Boxing Championships at Bucharest, Romania on Sunday 8 June 1969, and won a bronze medal losing on points in the semi-final to eventual gold medallist Philip Waruinge at featherweight in the 1970 British Commonwealth Games at Edinburgh on 22 July 1970.
Managed by Trevor Callaghan, Allan Richardson's first professional boxing bout was a victory over Abu Arrow on Tuesday 30 November 1971, this was followed by fights including; victory over Bingo Crooks (Midlands Area lightweight champion), defeat by, and victory over Billy Hardacre challenging for the British Boxing Board of Control Central Area featherweight title, draw with Billy Waith (Welsh Area welterweight champion, and British welterweight challenger), defeat by Barry Harris challenging for the Central Area featherweight title, defeat by Evan Armstrong challenging for the British featherweight, and British Commonwealth featherweight titles, defeat by Fernand Roelands (EBU European lightweight champion) at Bruges, Belgium, victory over John Mitchell (Scottish Area featherweight challenger), victory over Ray Ross (Northern Ireland Area lightweight challenger, Irish light welterweight challenger, and Northern Ireland Area light welterweight challenger), Gerry Duffy (Scottish Area featherweight champion), victory over Vernon Sollas (EBU European featherweight challenger) challenging for the British featherweight title, victory over Les Pickett (Welsh Area featherweight champion) defending the British featherweight title, defeat by Eddie Ndukwu challenging for the British Commonwealth featherweight title at Lagos National Stadium, Nigeria, defeat by Dave Needham (British bantamweight champion, and EBU European bantamweight Challenger, and British Commonwealth featherweight Challenger) defending the British featherweight title, Allan Richardson's final professional bout was a defeat by Les Pickett on Tuesday 3 October 1978.
Dave Needham (15 August 1951 – 19 September 2008) was a British boxer. He was a Commonwealth Games gold medal winner and one of the few boxers to have held both the BBBC bantamweight and featherweight titles.
Early Life And Amateur Career
Needham was born in Nottingham and attended Cottesmore School. He trained at the Nottingham Boxing School in Radford.
Needham won two Amateur Boxing Association flyweight titles in 1969 and 1970. He went on to compete in the 1970 Commonwealth Games in Edinburgh. He won the Flyweight gold medal beating Uganda's Leo Rwabwogo.
Needham's first professional fight was on 25 January 1971 when he fought Jimmy Killeen.
His first title fight was on 10 December 1974 at the former Nottingham ice rink, when he had a points win over Paddy Maguire and became the British bantamweight champion.
He lost the bantamweight title on 20 October 1975 at Grosvenor House (World Sporting Club), Mayfair on a technical knockout (TKO) to the same Paddy Maguire.
On 20 April 1978 at the World Sporting Club, Piccadilly. Needham won the title of British featherweight champion when he defeated Allan Richardson on points.
On 16 December 1978 in Leon, Spain, he fought for the EBU featherweight title, but lost on a TKO to Roberto Castanon.
Needham lost the featherweight title on 6 November 1979 at the Royal Albert Hall when he was defeated by Pat Cowdell on points.
His last fight was on 29 May 1979 at Wolverhampton Civic Hall against Pat Cowdell for the British featherweight title. Cowdell won on a TKO.
Needham retired aged 29 in 1980, after becoming disillusioned with the sport. He went on to run a motorcycle dealership with his brother.
He spent the last couple of years of his life in Thailand. Needham died in Chonburi hospital from liver problems. He was 57.
Terry Downes, BEM (9 May 1936 – 6 October 2017) was a British middleweight and occasional film actor. He was nicknamed the "Paddington Express" for his aggressive fighting style.
As of 2008, Downes was Britain's oldest surviving former World champion. He held the World middleweight title for ten months from 1961-62.
Downes was born in Paddington, London. Despite a relatively short boxing career, Downes managed to accomplish a great deal, most notably winning the World Middleweight Title on 11 July 1961 by defeating Paul Pender at the Empire Pool, Wembley, England.
After an inauspicious first fifteen months in the profession, comprising 16 wins and 3 defeats, Downes won the British Middleweight Title, vacated by Pat McAteer's retirement, by beating Phil Edwards on 30 September 1958 at the Harringay Arena, London. In 1959, Downes lost and won back the title from John "Cowboy" McCormack. On 5 July 1960, Downes successfully defended the title against Edwards again.
Downes lost his first World Title shot to Paul Pender at Boston in January 1961. The following summer, however, Downes fought Pender again, this time in London, and defeated the American convincingly in front of a raucous Wembley crowd. Pender won the title back the following year, defeating Downes in Boston once more, this time on points.
Downes responded to the loss of his title by winning his next 7 bouts, and having felt he had accomplished all he could at middleweight, he moved up to fight Willie Pastrano for the World Light-Heavyweight Title in Manchester on 30 November 1964. Downes was knocked down twice in the 11th round and Pastrano retained his title – it was to be Downes' last fight. One of the most impressive scalps of Downes' 8-year career was that of Sugar Ray Robinson in the autumn of 1962. Robinson was, however, 41 at the time, and when asked after the fight how it felt to beat a boxer of such esteem, Downes famously replied, "I didn't beat Sugar Ray, I beat his ghost."
Downes was famous for a number of quips. After a particularly brutal fight early in his career against Dick Tiger, Downes was asked who he wanted to fight next. He replied, "The bastard who made this match", in reference to his manager at the time, Mickey Duff.
Downes fought six World champions and beat three: Robinson, Pender and Joey Giardello. His record was: 44 fights, 35 wins (28 KOs), 9 losses.
Life Outside The Ring
Moving with his parents to the United States as a teenager Downes served in the US Marine Corps from 1954-56. It was in the marines that he got his first experience in the ring, winning several amateur trophies. After his term of service, he returned to London and turned professional.
Post-boxing, Downes acted occasionally between 1965 and 1990, usually appearing a thug, villain or bodyguard. One of his more prominent roles was in Roman Polanski's 1967 film The Fearless Vampire Killers, in which he played "Koukol", a hunchbacked servant. His other film credits included appearances in A Study in Terror (1965), Five Ashore in Singapore (1967), The Golden Lady (1979), If You Go Down in the Woods Today (1981), and the Derek Jarman film Caravaggio (1986).
Downes and his wife Barbara were married from 1958 until his death in 2017. They had four children and eight grandchildren.
Terry Downes died on 6 October 2017, aged 81.
John H. Stracey (born September 22, 1950 in Bethnal Green, England) former World Welterweight champion. He also had, at one point, a boxing school in London.
Stracey began his professional career on September 17, 1969, knocking out Santos Martins in two rounds. Stracey won his first twelve fights, eleven by knockout, but against obscure opposition. Fight number thirteen was against Teddy Cooper, on January 19, 1971. Cooper was not a big name in boxing either, but this fight ended in controversy when Stracey won by a fifth round disqualification. On October 5 of 1971, Stracey drew (tied) in ten rounds against Frankie Lewis.
Stracey had five more wins in a row before being matched with Marshall Butler, on May 25, 1972. Stracey suffered his first defeat when outpointed by Butler over ten rounds. He then put a string of four more wins in a row before facing Bobby Arthur for the British Welterweight title on Halloween night, 1972. He lost the fight for the regional title with another controversial ending: This time, Stracey found himself disqualified, in round seven. Stracey then won five more in a row, and he met Arthur in a rematch on June 5, 1973, this time winning the title with a fourth round knockout of Arthur.
After five more wins and another loss, Stracey had his first fight abroad, fighting Roger Menetrey in Paris, France, on May 27, 1974 (at the Stade de Roland Garros, where the French Open is played). The fight was for the European union Welterweight title, and Stracey proceeded to win that belt with an eighth round knockout. During the 1970s, it was a common practice in boxing to give World title shots to boxers that held continental titles. For example, the OPBF (Oriental Pacific Boxing Federation) champion would be given priority over other challengers for World title fights and so on.
Stracey was not the exception, and, after winning five more fights in a row (including a win over Ernie Lopez), he received his first World title shot: challenging WBC World Welterweight champion Jose Napoles at Napoles' adopted home-town of Mexico City, Mexico, Stracey was sent down in round one, but he recuperated to close Napoles' eye and have referee Octavio Meyran stop the fight in the sixth round, Stracey winning the World championship by a technical knockout. The new champion declared "he could have knocked me down in every round but I'd have won it anyway". It was Napoles' last fight.
On March 20 of 1976, he retained the title against perennial World title challenger Hedgemon Lewis by a knockout in round ten, but on June 22, at Wembley, he lost the World title, being knocked out in twelve rounds by California based Mexican Carlos Palomino.
In his next fight, he lost to future Palomino and Sugar Ray Leonard World championship challenger Dave Boy Green, by a knockout in round ten.
Stracey retired as a winner, when he knocked out George Warusfel in nine rounds at Islington, May 23 of 1978.
Stracey currently does autograph and private speaking tours with friends and fellow former World champions Alan Minter, Lloyd Honeyghan, Jim Watt and John Conteh, among others.
He had a career record of 45 wins, 5 losses and 1 draw, with 37 knockouts.