WWII Sergeant Nel Tarleton representing R.A.F. vs Syd Worgan Plus Sergt Peter Kane of R.A.F. vs Willie Grey and Sergt Freddie Mills (selected opponent over 3 rounds) official on-site 2 page programme, 30th March 1942, Royal Albert Hall, Kensington, London.
Tarleton won points over 8 rounds
The fight went the distance with Worgan losing on a points decision. Despite being beaten Worgan later commented that 'Nel was one of the greatest in the game.' Worgan faced Tarleton on another two occasions, losing both on points decisions, in Liverpool in 1942 and Nottingham in 1943.
Kane won TKO 6
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Condition good (scorecard has been marked/handwritten name change of opponents in pencil by an enthusiastic fight fan & horizontal centre crease)
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.
Syd Worgan (1917 - ?) Born in Llanharan, Wales. Worgan was notable for becoming the Welsh featherweight champion in 1944.
Worgan was born in Llanharan in 1917 and was one of six brothers. A coal miner by occupation, he worked at the local pit, Llanharan Colliery. In 1959 he and his wife Dilys became owners of the Bear Inn in Llantrisant and kept the establishment until his retirement in 1985.
Although Worgan had no history of boxing in his family, he became interested in the sport when he was given a pair of boxing gloves by his only sister, Elizabeth. He turned professional at the age of 18 and in his career is reported to have fought in approximately 150 bouts, though as of 2010, BoxRec has only 51 recorded contests. He began training in the small Turberville room on Chapel Road just off Llanharan Square, before moving to the High Corner yard. His trainers at this time were Billy Watkins and Bert Harris.
On his way to his 1944 challenge for the Welsh featherweight title, Worgan met several of Britain's best fighters. He lost to two lightweight ex-champions, Len Beynon in 1939 and Cuthbert Taylor in 1940, but he also took wins over George Pook, a future South-West featherweight champion and Warren Kendall who would become Welsh lightweight champion in 1948. Worgan made headlines in 1941 when he faced the World number two Ritchie "Kid" Tanner of British Guyana, beating him on points. In 1942 Worgan, now under the management of ex fighter Billy "Kid" Hughes, faced his most notable adversary Nel Tarleton. Tarleton was the Commonwealth champion who in 1934 lost on points to Freddie Miller for the NBA title in 1934. The match was held at the Royal Albert Hall on 30 March and was scheduled for eight rounds. The match went the distance with Worgan losing on a points decision. Despite being beaten Worgan later commented that 'Nel was one of the greatest in the game.' Worgan faced Tarleton on another two occasions, losing both on points decisions, in Liverpool in 1942 and Nottingham in 1943.
On 11 November 1944, Worgan fought Tommy Davies from Nantyglo for the vacant Welsh featherweight title. The fifteen-round match was contested in Newport, south Wales with Worgan taking the bout on points. Worgan continued fighting until 1949 with irregular results. Boxing News wrote of him, "Worgan is worth while watching; he has the uncanny sense of timing. His punches and all his movements are harmonious without being theatrical".
Peter Kane (1918-1991) was one of England's greatest flyweight boxers and a World champion in the 1930s. Kane was born in Heywood, Lancashire, on February 28, 1918, but grew up in the town of Golborne, Lancashire, after his family moved there before his first birthday.
He was a two-fisted fighter, renowned for his punching power, Fifty-three of his eighty-eight wins were by knockout.
He made his professional debut in December 1934, at the age of sixteen. He fought and beat Joe Jacobs in Liverpool, where he was to have many of his fights. The fight was stopped in the fifth.
He went on to record a string of forty-one consecutive wins, before challenging Benny Lynch for the World flyweight title, at the age of nineteen. The fight, in October 1937, was staged at Shawfield Park, Glasgow in front of a crowd of over 40,000, and was one of the finest flyweight battles of all time. Lynch retained his title by knocking Kane out in the thirteenth round.
Kane had a re-match with Lynch in March 1938, and fought a draw over fifteen rounds in Liverpool. Lynch could not make the flyweight limit and had to pay a forfeit. In his next fight, against Jackie Jurich, Lynch was again overweight despite winning the fight and forfeited his World flyweight title. The British Boxing Board of Control declared the title vacant.
The American, Jurich and Kane were regarded as the chief contenders for the vacant World flyweight title, and a fight was arranged between them in September 1938, in Liverpool.
Kane won on points after putting Jurich down five times during the fight.
He was now World flyweight champion, but he was finding it increasingly difficult to get down to the flyweight limit. In 1939, Kane announced that he was going to fight as a bantamweight in future, and at the end of that year, the National Boxing Association, of America stripped him of his title. He continued to be recognised as World flyweight champion by the International Boxing Union, in Europe.
Kane continued to fight recording a string of victories with only the occasional defeat, but most of his fights were at bantamweight. Although he was the World flyweight champion, the British and Commonwealth titles were held by the Scotsman, Jackie Paterson. In June 1943, a fight was arranged at Hampden Park, Glasgow, with all three titles at stake. Kane managed to make the flyweight limit for the fight but was knocked out in the first round. The fight lasted only a minute.
Kane continued to fight but concentrated on the bantamweight division from now on, again winning most of his fights.
In September 1947, he fought the Frenchman, Theo Medina for the European bantamweight title. The fight was at Belle Vue, Manchester, and Kane won on points to become European bantamweight champion.
In December 1947, he defended the title against Belgian, Joe Cornelis, at Belle Vue, and again won on points.
In February 1948, he defended his European title against Italian, Guido Ferracin, at Belle Vue, and this time, lost on points.
He had a re-match with Ferracin, in July 1948, at Belle Vue again. This time Kane was forced to retire in round five.
He had only two more fights, losing on points to Stan Rowan, and knocking out a boxer called Johnny Conn, who was making his debut, in April 1951.
He worked throughout his career as a blacksmith in the village of Lowton, which neighbours Golborne. Throughout his adult life and boxing career, he lived in Liverpool Road, Pewfall, between Haydock and Ashton. He died on July 23, 1991. Ironically, he disliked Wigan, always considering himself a Warringtonian, even though he lived most of his life in nearby Pewfall, near St. Helens in Lancashire.
Nationality: United Kingdom
Death date: 11-02-1999 / age 78
Residence: Swansea, Wales, United Kingdom
Won 5 - 1 KO / Lost 9 - 5 KOs / Drawn 1 / No Contest 1