Quartet of 5 1/2" x 3 1/2" black & white 'fun & serious' boxing pose photo's from the family albums of Blackpool's former 2x British featherweight champion Ronnie Clayton.
The photo's are from a huge collection of personal and career items once belonging and obtained from Ronnie Clayton.
Ronnie Clayton (9 February 1923 – 2007), born in Blackpool, Lancashire whose career highlight was winning the European Featherweight championship in 1947.
Clayton was one of three brothers all who were boxers. All three brothers once boxed on the same boxing show held at Blackpool tower.
He became a professional boxer in 1941 and was trained by his brother, Jackie at their gym in Blackpool. He was managed throughout his thirteen year boxing career by George Dingley.
In total he had thirteen Championship bouts against boxers including, World Champion Jackie Patterson, South African champion Vic Toweel, Jackie Turpin, Manuel Ortiz and Spider Kelly.
In 1947 Clayton won three boxing championships. He won the British featherweight boxing championship, a title which he held for seven years, until 1954. He also became British Empire featherweight champion, which he held from 1947 to 1951 and he also became European featherweight champion which he held until 1948.
Clayton was also the outright winner of two Lonsdale belts.
In October 2006 the Silver-Gilt Featherweight Lonsdale Belt won outright by Clayton in 1953 was auctioned by Bonhams as part of a sporting memorabilia sale for £2,938.