Jock McAvoy vs Marcel Thil European light heavyweight title official on-site 26 page programme, 14th January 1935, Palais des Sports, Paris, France.
Thil W unanimous decision over 15 rounds
Also featuring :-
Johnny Holt vs Joseph Decico
Vincenzo Rocchi vs Roger Cadot
Italo Colonello vs Maurice Forgeon
Paul Dogniaux vs Thadee Warzecka
Joseph Quintallet vs Jean Fort
Padron Finnegan vs Ali Ben Said II
Condition very good (small top edge corner creasing & soiling to front & back cover)
Jock McAvoy (November 20, 1908 – November 20, 1971) who fought from 1927 to 1945. He was born Joseph Patrick Bamford in Rochdale, Lancashire. Jo Bamford adopted the name Jock McAvoy so that his mother did not realise he was boxing.
Initially discovered trained and managed by Joseph Tolley at Tolley's famous Rochdale Boxing Club, reference the Rochdale thunder bolt. During his career he held the British and commonwealth middleweight titles. McAvoy's bid to capture the European middleweight crown was derailed when he lost a unanimous decision to future World middleweight champion Marcel Thil of France in Paris on January 15, 1935.
He was unlucky never to have been World Middleweight Champion, considering his performance against Ed 'Babe' Risko. The American was champion when they fought, but as McAvoy was considered such a dangerous opponent, Risko's handlers would only allow the two to meet in a non-title affair.
Their apprehension was fully justified when McAvoy utterly destroyed the champion, sending him to the canvas 6 times for a first round knockout. However, McAvoy had performed too well for his own good, and boxing politics being what they were, he was never allowed a rematch with the title at stake.
McAvoy then decided to campaign as a light heavyweight in the United States. In November 1935 he made his debut in America, and put together a win streak that culminated in his obtaining a title shot in famed Madison Square Garden in New York. On March 13, 1936 he was outpointed over 15 rounds by World champion John Henry Lewis.
After his unsuccessful bid to capture the light heavyweight crown, McAvoy returned to England, and his next fight was for the British and British Empire heavyweight titles held by Welshman, Jack Petersen. Petersen won the fifteen round fight on points. His most important bouts thereafter were against Len Harvey, who outpointed him twice over 15 rounds at Harringay Arena, and future light heavyweight World champion Freddie Mills, who beat him on points and forced him to retire in the re-match with an injured back.
McAvoy was a hard puncher who scored 89 KOs in his 132 wins. He lost 14 times and was held to a draw once. McAvoy was named to the Ring Magazine's list of 100 greatest punchers of all time.
In 1951 he was stricken with polio and was wheelchair bound the rest of his life.
Marcel Thil (25 May 1904 – 14 August 1968) was a French middleweight World champion. Statistical boxing website BoxRec rates Thil as the best French boxer ever across all weight divisions.
Thil was born in Saint-Dizier, a commune in the Haute-Marne department in north-eastern France. He started boxing at a very young age and turned professional at the age of 16. Thil was a journeyman boxer for a number of years but as he gained experience and matured to full adult strength, he developed power in both hands and began to win regularly by knockout (KO).
Thil won the French middleweight boxing championship in 1928 and captured the Europe title the following year. After losing his European championship in 1930, Thil won his next 15 fights and then defeated Gorilla Jones by a controversial 11th-round disqualification to capture the National Boxing Association (NBA) World middleweight championship and the vacant International Boxing Union (IBU) World middleweight championship on June 11, 1932, in Paris, France. With his championship victory, Thil became the toast of Paris. He was a major celebrity and a good friend of celebrated actor Jean Gabin.
Thil successfully defended the title on July 4, 1932, with a 15-round unanimous decision against Len Harvey, but he then went more than a year without defending the title. Thil was stripped by the NBA for failing to make a title defence by August 15, 1933, but he remained the IBU champion.
In addition to defending the IBU middleweight championship, Thil moved up a weight class to win the European light-heavyweight title in 1934. He would successfully defend the title once.
After successfully defending the IBU middleweight championship 11 times, Thil fought Fred Apostoli in a non-title bout on September 23, 1937, in New York City. It was a non-title affair because the New York State Athletic Commission, which recognized Freddie Steele as World middleweight champion, said they would sanction the fight only if Thil agreed that his title would not be at stake. Apostoli won by a 10th-round technical knockout (TKO). The fight was stopped due to a severe cut over the right eye of Thil, who was ahead on points at the time of the stoppage. Shortly after the loss, the 33-year-old Thil retired from boxing.
Later Life And Death
Thil remained active in boxing circles as an adviser and cornerman and was named honorary president of the Dieppe Boxing Club. He made a living with a company in Reims until retiring to a home in Cannes on the French Riviera.
Thil died at his home in Cannes on August 14, 1968, at the age of 64. Over the last couple years of his life, he was involved in two car accidents, from which he never fully recovered. Thil is buried in the Grand Jas Cemetery.
Marcel Thil was posthumously inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame at Canastota, New York in 2005. In France, a street was named in his honor in his birthplace of Saint-Dizier, and both a street and a sports stadium carry his name in the city of Reims.