LEBA Archive

A key part of our aim in creating this website is to catalogue and give context to photographs, documents and other archival objects that help to represent London's rich boxing heritage. If an item relates to an individual featured in the East End Boxing Lives project, it can also be found in that part of the site. But we continue to collect and upload a much wider range of images as we build an extensive database of London boxing artefacts.

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Devonshire Club

Devonshire Road (now called Brenthouse Road), off Mare Street, Hackney. Destroyed by bombing, 1940.

The Devonshire Sporting Club, affectionately known as the ‘Dev’, was opened in a converted church 21 October 1934, the hall held 1,500 spectators. The idea for converting the Hall came from Joe Morris who was a boxing manager in the 1930s. He got together a syndicate of four who were interested in turning the old church into a sports arena and dance hall. One of the four was Jack Solomons, who not only took over the promotions at the hall but went on to become one of Britain’s leading boxing promoters. After a slow start the hall became one of the most popular boxing venues in London.

Until it was bombed in 1940 the ‘Dev’ hosted boxing shows weekly, sometimes twice weekly – in all Solomons promoted over 300 boxing shows at the ‘Dev.’ The highlight of his promotions at the ‘Dev’ came in March 1936 when Harry Mizler took on Alby Day for the Southern Area lightweight championship. Mizler won the fifteen round contest on points: it was regarded by many as the greatest boxing contest seen in East London for many years.


Hand Bill
⊕  Harry Brooks v Alby Day