Liverpool's Nel Tarleton vs Billy Walker I plus Manchester's Johnny King vs Jackie Rankin official on-site 19 page programme, 18th March 1940, Empress Hall, Earl's Court, London.
Tarleton W points over 10 rounds (lightweight)
Rankin W points over 10 rounds (super featherweight)
Arthur Danahar vs Jake Kilrain
Ronnie James vs Freddie Simpson
Harry Groves vs Johnny Cunningham
Condition very good (light vertical centre crease & minor edge wear)
Nel Tarleton (14 January 1906 – 12 January 1956) was an English featherweight from Liverpool, England. He was British featherweight champion on three separate occasions and, despite only having one lung, continued fighting until he was 42. He was one of only seven fighters to win two or more Lonsdale Belts outright.
He was married to Barbara who gave birth to twins, a boy called Brian and a girl called Sandra and a daughter, Lesley June.
Tarleton lacked a punch, but was immensely skillful, winning most of his important fights on points. He was tall and very thin and gangly. He had only one lung from the age of two, but was still able to box successfully until he was 42.
He had his first professional fight on 14 January 1926 (his twentieth birthday), when he beat George Sankey on points over ten rounds at Liverpool Stadium.
He built up an impressive domestic record, with only the occasional defeat, fighting most of his bouts in his hometown of Liverpool. Then, in October 1929, he went to the United States and had a number of fights in various venues in New York, scoring five wins two defeats and one draw.
British Featherweight Title
His next fight, in November 1930, was a title challenge against the British featherweight champion, Johnny Cuthbert. The pair fought a fifteen-round draw in Liverpool Stadium. In October 1931, the pair had a rematch at Anfield Football Ground, and this time Tarleton won on points.
In November 1932, he defended his British title against Seaman Tommy Watson, in Liverpool Stadium, and lost on points.
In July 1934, Tarleton had a re-match with Watson, at Anfield, and regained his title with another points win.
In September 1934, Tarleton fought for the World featherweight title against American fighter, Freddie Miller.
The fight was held in Liverpool, and Miller won on points to retain his title.
In December 1934, Tarleton defended his title against Dave Crowley at the Empire Pool, Wembley, winning on points, and also winning the Lonsdale Belt outright.
In June 1935, Tarleton fought Freddie Miller again for his World featherweight title. The fight, as before, was held in Liverpool, and Miller won on points again, to retain his title.
In May 1936, he defended his British title against Johnny King of Manchester, defeating him on points.
In September 1936, he defended his title again, against Johnny McGrory. The fight was held at Anfield, and Mcgrory won on points to take Tarleton’s title.
In February 1940, Tarleton fought for the British featherweight title again. The fight was against holder Johnny Cusick and was also for the Commonwealth title. Tarleton won on points at Liverpool Stadium to take the British title for the third time.
In November 1940, he defended his British and Commonwealth titles at Liverpool Stadium, against Tom Smith of Sunderland, winning on points.
Tarleton continued fighting, until February 1945, when he defended his British and Commonwealth featherweight titles against Al Phillips, at Belle Vue, Manchester. At the age of 39, he won on points against his 25-year-old opponent, and retained his titles.
Tarleton did not defend his titles again but relinquished them in February 1947, at the age of 41.
After retiring, Tarleton struggled with ill health and died at the age of 49.
Nationality: United Kingdom
Residence: Stratford, London, United Kingdom
Won 60 - 13 KOs / Lost 21 - 4 KOs / Drawn 7
Johnny King (8 January 1912 — 6 March 1963) was an Englishman who competed from 1926 to 1947. Predominantly a bantamweight, he was a two-time British bantamweight champion and a one-time British Empire (Commonwealth) bantamweight champion. His professional fighting weight varied from 84 lb (38 kg; 6 st 0 lb), flyweight, to 130 lb (59 kg; 9 st 4 lb), featherweight.
King made his professional debut on 25 April 1926, when he beat Jim Costello. On 10 August 1931 he beat Pat Boy Gorman for the vacant BBBofC Northern Area bantamweight title.
On 21 December 1931 he fought Dick Corbett for the BBBofC British Empire bantamweight title, and the vacant BBBofC British bantamweight title, at Kings Hall, Manchester. King lost the bout but would meet Corbett again on 10 October 1932, this time beating him and winning both titles. He became a popular fighter and crowd-puller, producing a twenty-one match undefeated run, losing his twenty second to Italian Domenico Bernasconi. On 12 June 1933 he successfully defended the British Empire bantamweight title against Canadian bantamweight champion Bobby Leitham, beating him on points.
On 3 July 1933 King fought Panama Al Brown in a losing effort for the World bantamweight title. King almost knocked Brown out in the seventh round, but Brown managed to hold on for a points decision. Years later Brown would comment on the power of the punch the Manchester man displayed. On 12 February 1934 King met Dick Corbett for the third time, losing both his British and British Empire titles on points.
On 27 May 1935 King won his second British bantamweight title after defeating Len Hampston on points. He would hold the British title for the next twelve years, though would only defend it twice, largely due to the outbreak of the Second World War. On 6 May 1936 King fought Nel Tarleton for the BBBofC British featherweight title, losing on points. His first defence of the British bantamweight title was against Jackie Brown, in front of a 20,000 strong crowd at Kings Hall, Manchester on 31 May 1937. King knocked Brown out in the thirteenth round. His second defence was against Len Hampston at Headingley Rugby Ground, Leeds on 22 June 1938. Hampston was disqualified in the third round.
King continued to fight during and after the war but struggled to find any form. On 10 February 1947 he lost the British title to Jackie Paterson, after being knocked out in the seventh round. Having lost his last five bouts, King retired shortly after.
Second World War
During the Second World War King fought in the Royal Navy. He was aboard the King George V-class battleship HMS Prince of Wales when she was sunk by a Japanese air attack of Kuantan, in the South China Sea.
Nationality: United Kingdom
Death Date: 01-05-1985 / age 68
Residence: Southall, London, United Kingdom
Won 45 - 27 KOs / Lost 30 - 1 KO / Drawn 7