Harry Scott vs Bill Pickett plus MANCHESTER quartet Nat Jacobs vs Peter McLaren, Tony Barlow vs Ron Elliot and Johnny Mac vs Charlie Grice official on-site poster, 11th November 1963, Free Trade Hall, Manchester.
Tony Smith vs Ron Gray
Len Hobbs vs Steve Walsh
Shaun Doyle vs Dave Martin
Nathaniel "Nat" J. S. Jacobs (born 1 December 1939) applied his trade in the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s, who won the Central (England) Area middleweight title and challenged for the British Boxing Board of Control British middleweight title. His professional fighting weight varied from 145.5 lb (66.0 kg; 10 st 5.5 lb), i.e. welterweight, through light middleweight and middleweight, to 163.5 lb (74.2 kg; 11 st 9.5 lb), i.e. light heavyweight. He was managed/trained by former boxer Stan Skinkiss.
Born in Manchester, Jacobs began his professional career in November 1960 with a points victory over Sunny Osemegie, and went on to win his first six pro fights. He suffered his first defeat by George Palin in February 1961 after a fourth round disqualification. After two further victories he faced Palin again in June 1961, the fight this time ending in a draw. After a defeat by Eddie Phillips he faced Palin again in January 1962, winning by a third round knockout. The six fights that followed in 1962 all ended in defeat, but his fortunes improved in 1963 with three straight wins, starting with a points victory over Jimmy Gibson. He had a mixed record during the remainder of 1963 and 1964, including losing a BBBofC Central Area Middleweight Title eliminator to Jackie Harwood, and after a defeat by Johnny Angel in May 1964 took a break from competition. He made a comeback in 1965, winning four of his first five fights (including victory over Jim Swords for the vacant BBBofC Central Area middleweight title), and drawing one (against Harwood).
In September 1965 Jacobs fought British middleweight champion Wally Swift in London, initially being named the winner by the referee; After complaints by Swift the fighters were brought back into the ring where the referee explained that he had made a mistake and declared Swift the victor.
Jacobs fought for the British middleweight title in Nottingham in 1966, losing to Johnny Pritchett after the referee stopped the fight after the 13th round following consultation with his seconds. This was one of five straight defeats for Jacobs but he returned to winning ways with a narrow points victory over Terry McTigue in May 1967, after which followed another break from the sport.
He returned in April 1968 with a points victory over Clarence Cassius, which was followed by two defeats. He beat Larry Brown in November 1968 after four rounds, despite a height and weight disadvantage and afterwards announced that he would be moving down to welterweight. He faced British and Empire welterweight champion Ralph Charles at the Royal Albert Hall in 1969 in a fight that was televised by the BBC and also shown in Australia. He continued to box until 1970, his final fight a defeat by Tom Jensen in Valby, Denmark in June that year.
Boxing champion Tony Barlow has lost his fight for life after suffering from stomach cancer. Tony, from Chorlton, won numerous titles at amateur level and represented England in championship fights at the Royal Albert Hall and Wembley. The 69-year old, who counted George Best and Ricky Hatton among his friends - died surrounded by family. (Manchester Evening News 9 JUN 2009).
Daughter Joanne, 40, said: "He remained totally positive through it all and never accepted that he would be beaten. He was the gaffer. He was there if we needed him and he loved his family."
Tony started boxing aged just 11. George Best watched his first bid for the British title in 1967. He fought for the illustrious belt against champion John McCluskey at the Free Trade Hall in Manchester, four years after turning professional. The bout ended as a draw and Tony lost a rematch two years later.
But that did not detract from a glittering amateur career which started with a win at Belle Vue in 1963 against Graham Price, a fight ex-wife Pat Barlow, 64, recalls.
Pat, from George Street, Shaw, was married to Tony for 24 years. She said: "The crowd absolutely loved him. He came home with pocketfuls of money. People had thrown the coins into the ring for him because they loved the way he boxed.
"He was a Manchester lad through and through and everyone he met liked him."
After retiring in 1969 Tony ran a skip-hire in Oldham before opening and running the Failsworth Boys Amateur Boxing Club in 2001.
Charlie Grice is no stranger to the World of boxing. He has been involved in the sport since he was nine years old and is a former professional. (Manchester Evening News
10 FEB 2010).
When he retired from competing he was asked if he would coach a few lads at Droylsden Amateur Boxing Club. Three times a week for the past 46 years, Charlie opens the clubs doors to boys of all ages, some whom are 40 years old!
Just by speaking to him it is clear to see the club’s existence means a lot to him, and its members. Over the years he has put his own money into the club to ensure its survival, which at times was a struggle for the retired man. Funding therefore was an important objective for the group.
Many of the lads who attend the club have been disruptive either at home or at school, but since starting boxing both parents and teachers have commented on how beneficial the group has been to them. This activity keeps them off the streets and allows them to direct their energy into something more productive.
Thirteen-year-old Jack Heaton said: “Coming to this club is part of my life, it’s my routine and if I didn’t come here I’d be stuck at home bored.”
Droylsden ABC were awarded a Comic Relief grant which enabled the club to purchase new equipment, such as sparring gloves, punch bags and gum shields which benefits the existing members and attracts new ones. The old equipment was donated to another boxing club who had just established and had a lack of facilities.
GOODBYE CHARLIE GRICE
Liverpool’s former amateur and professional boxer sadly passes away at the age of 81.
Boxing News 31 May 2018
Charlie Grice, a former amateur and professional boxer from Croxteth, Liverpool, passed away on Monday, May 14, following a longterm illness. He was 81.
Described by one of the boxers he later trained as a “beautiful fella”,
Grice started boxing at the age of 11 and would go on to compete as a professional super welterweight from 1962 to 1965, accumulating 27 bouts in the process.
Before becoming a pro, Charlie was an amateur boxer and was also in the Merchant Navy. It was while boxing as an amateur, in fact, that he secured his most famous win.
“He was a very good amateur,” said Darren Swords, who was
trained by Grice in the amateur ranks. “There was a good fighter from Liverpool called Jim Lloyd who won the bronze medal at the 1960 Olympics. When he came back, he was finding it hard to get fights. Charlie stood up one day and said, ‘I’ll fight you.’
“Charlie then beat him. It was mad.”
By 1963, Grice was running his own gym in Droylsden, Manchester, a gym now in the capable hands of his son, Robert.
“Charlie was there right until the very end,” said Swords. “He’s looked after so many people; he’s helped so many kids.
“I’ve never known anybody have a bad word to say about him. He was 18-carat gold. He was a diamond.”
His funeral takes place on Thursday (May 31).
Nationality: United Kingdom
Division: Super welterweight
Residence: Manchester, Lancashire, United Kingdom
Won 2 - 1 KO / Lost 2 - 1 KO
Professionally framed and double mounted/matted. Measures 26" x 18"
Poster condition: very good (light horizontal & vertical fold creases)
Harry Scott (27 October 1937 – 16 December 2015) was a British contender in the middleweight division during the 1960s.
He never fought for the British title, losing three final eliminators. Yet his ability was widely recognised, and he fought around the World, facing four past or future World champions, including Emile Griffith and Alan Minter.
But he is best known for his two contests in 1965 against Rubin "Hurricane" Carter, who had fought for the World title the previous December. In their first meeting in March, Carter was awarded the victory on cuts in the ninth round despite trailing on points, only to be outpointed six weeks later, in what Boxing News declared to be one of the finest victories by a British boxer in the previous 20 years.
Scott retired in 1973.
When first introduced to the sport as a teenager, Harry Scott derived the greatest pleasure from the daily training and was not immediately attracted to the competition aspect. As his twentieth birthday approached, many felt that it was already too late for Harry to try his hand at the fight game, but he gave it a go anyway. Training at the famous Maple Leaf club in Bootle, he began to build up a reputation for himself. The club had a very strong squad at the time and Harry was among several of the clubs members that got to box for his country.
As an amateur he sparred with Dick Tiger whom he describes as "A very powerful man, but not very clever." (Indeed, later in his career Harry sought a match with Tiger, whom he felt could be out-boxed due to his lack of ring smarts.) Sent as a substitute to the European Championships in Lucerne in 1959 Harry acquitted himself admirably by coming home with a bronze medal despite reservations over his inclusion. This was one of his proudest moments in the sport and the medal is one of his most prized possessions. The trip to Lucerne cost Harry his job in Liverpool and his amateur trainer suggested that he turned professional. His pro career began with only one defeat in the first ten fights. The only blemish on his first year was a disqualification in his second fight against Johnny Bowler in Kensington, London.
A year in the capital did little for Harry's progress as he was not part of the syndicate of fighters that were connected to the right managers or promoters and his own managers were unable to hand pick his opponents. Despite this handicap, he was able to progress to a Central Area title, which he won via a first round stoppage of Syd Parkinson in Manchester in September 1962. Following that, he was soon being proposed as an opponent for some of the top rated middleweights.
A trip to Vienna to face the unbeaten Laszlo Papp in 1964 remains vivid in Harry's memory for a number of reasons: the most notable being that he felt that he had won the bout. A photograph from the fight that sits on a shelf in Harry's sitting room is striking for a number of reasons. The handsome Hungarian is the main focus of the picture, but it is the blood that runs down from his eyebrows that catches the attention. If the fight had been held anywhere else it might have been stopped, but Papp was popular in Austria and his corner were allowed to use practically every trick imaginable to stem the flow of blood. Harry felt that he might be unlucky and receive a draw as he was, to all intents and purposes, the visiting fighter. He pursued a rematch, but never got one.
Harry maintains that he toughest opponent was Hottie Van Heerden of South Africa, to whom he lost on points to in 1964. Upon arriving in Cape Town for the fight Harry found that there were no scales available for checking his weight and the make shift gym in the local school hall had but one bag. After a couple of days Harry tracked down a set of scales in the hotel and found to his horror that he was a couple of pounds over the limit for the fight. He began running extra miles in the cool night air so as not to be seen and was relieved to eventually make the weight. Van Heerden was a tough character and shipped some heavy punishment on the way to a close points victory.
After defending his central area title against Alfie Matthews in Liverpool, Harry was offered a fight with Rubin Carter who was looking to get his career back on track following defeats by Joey Giardello, in a World title fight, and Luis Rodriguez. Promoter Mickey Duff argued over the purse that Scott's management were demanding saying that he never paid anyone £1,000 (around $2,000). The truth was he couldn't get an opponent for Carter and in the end relented. Of that March 9, 1965 fight, Harry remembers being cut in the third, but fighting on until the ninth when he was still in it. The cut was not as bad as some he had seen or suffered before, but the referee saw fit to call a halt. A rematch the following month saw a bizarre start to a memorable fight for Scott.
"The bell went for the first round and I walked across the ring and he was still in his corner with his back to me - they forgot to put his gum-shield in! Me being stupid tapped him on the shoulder instead of just reaching around and punching him - he spun around and hit me with a right hook right on the chin. The next thing I remember it was the sixth round." Scott, who had never been on the canvas before, rallied to win the ten-round verdict. Following his victory, he called his wife, who was waiting anxiously for news at home in Liverpool. She told him that the report had been on the evening news and that he had come back from a first round knockdown to win on points. Nevertheless, Harry insisted that he not been down in the fight!
Harry's lack of true 'killer instinct', which he regards as his greatest flaw as a fighter, nearly cost him dearly. Several years down the line it did cost him as he lost his last fight simply because he didn't want to hurt the young novice they had put in front of him. He knew then that it was time to quit.
After the Carter victory though Harry was hot property and his management had a hard time getting him fights. Daily calls to his management met with the same reply, "No one local wants to fight you!" Keen to cash in on his popularity Harry persisted with the calls for six months claiming he couldn' t live off fresh air and needed a payday. One day his management called him and offered him a fight in London with World welterweight champion Emile Griffith.
"I couldn't say no because I had been crying down the phone to him. I said 'when is it?' and he said 'Seven days time.'"
Besides the extremely short notice for the October 4, 1965 match, Harry also found that there was a stipulation in the weight and that he had to come in at 160 pounds. After training he could usually do 162 no problem, but he had only been ticking over in the gym as there was usually more than a weeks notice for a regular match let alone a fight with a reigning World champion. Harry commenced training immediately and attempted to squeeze a months training into a week and dropped twelve pounds in weight.
Roadwork, sparring and gym work together with his usual job of unloading the daily newspapers at the train depot left him quire exhausted. Come weigh-in time he was 2 ounces over and Griffith's management wouldn't go for it, they insisted that he lose the excess. Harry had one hour to make the weight. A vigorous rubdown, a walk around the high street and another rubdown later Harry was back on the scales. When the official called out 'eleven stones - six pounds dead.' Harry remembers thinking 'Yes, so am I.'
"For four rounds I did alright. His corner were screaming and shouting I believe for him to get into the fight. After four rounds I felt as if, you know when they say 'can't bust a paper bag', that's the way I felt."
Realising that their man was totally spent Harry's corner called off the fight after the 7th round blaming a hand injury. After the defeat Harry became a typical case of 'have gloves will travel'. Bouts in Gothenburg, Rome, Milan Copenhagen, Johannesburg and Bologna established Harry in the role of opponent. In September 1966, he was good enough to take Nino Benvenuti to a points decision in Rome (at the time Benvenuti was 65-1) and to oppose fighters rated in the World top ten such as Carlos Duran and Sandro Mazzinghi. Although Harry himself was rated with the best middleweights in the World at one time his championship days were seemingly behind him.
In his last bout, June 1973, Harry felt that he could beat the youngster they had matched him with at any time he chose, but he felt for the man just starting out in the fight game.
With his opponent in trouble after a first round knockdown, Harry began to miss on purpose and carried his foe for six rounds. In the seventh round, after Harry had been on the end of a fast combination, the referee stopped the fight in favour of the youngster. Harry quit boxing in disbelief and never fought again.
Now that he had no reason to train for the fight game himself he helped out occasionally with novices and rising stars. Some of those he assisted were Larry Paul, (British light middleweight champion) and John Conteh the World light Heavyweight champion. Harry has also helped countless other youngsters who may not have made it in boxing, but went on to make it in life thanks in part to the disciple that boxing instils.
The life and career of Liverpool's Harry Scott might not be the stuff of Hollywood of Raging Bull or The Hurricane, but it is a story of courage, conviction and honour. Harry persevered in the face of adversity as he was not a 'connected' fighter and often struggled to get a straight fight yet he always found a way to provide for his loving wife of forty years and his two children.
While he may not be a celebrity in the true sense of the word this honest, soft spoken and unassuming man is a true gentleman. Always on hand to present prizes at local amateur boxing events and to give advice to any that seek it Harry Scott is a star in Liverpool boxing boxing circles and his fame is simply the high regard in which he is held.
Residence: New York, New York, USA
Birth place: New York, New York, USA
Won 26 - 14 KOs / Lost 3 - 1 KO
*1955 won the New York Daily News Golden Gloves Lightweight Championship vs Duval Medley.
*1957 won the New York Daily News Golden Gloves Welterweight Championship vs Anthony Torres.
*1958 won the Intercity Golden Gloves vs Willie Moran by KO 3rd round.
*1958 won the National AAU Light Middleweight Championship.