Welcome to our News Page. Check in here for regular updates on all LEBA events, meetings and activities. If you have any news relating to LEBA or to boxing in London generally that you’d like to share with us, then please contact us at info@londonexboxers.org.uk


Henry Cooper -Cut eyes and left hooks by Jim Kirkwood

Posted by Paul Fairweather on 8th Nov 2016An ideal gift for Christmas; I'm the chap who wrote the Dave Charnley book. I've written another on Henry Cooper entitled HENRY COOPER: Cut eyes and left hooks. > Its available from amazon for £9.99 plus £2.85 postage but members can get it direct from Jim by sending a cheque or postal order to > > Jim Kirkwood > 10 Forest Grove > Kilmarnock > KA3 1UP

Charlie Oliver 3/1/1920 - 30/10/2016

Posted by Paul Fairweather on 31st Oct 2016It comes with great sadness to report that our most senior member Charlie Oliver,passed away peacefully last night aged 96. Our most sincere condolences go to all the Oliver family at this very sad time. Here are the funeral details for Charlie Oliver Charlie Oliver's funeral details:: Tuesday 15th November 1.30 Hendon Cemetery & Crematorium, Holders Hill Road, London, NW7 1NB, & Afterwards at The Saracens Rugby Club, Allianz Park, Greenlands Lane, Hendon NW4 1RL. .


Posted by Paul Fairweather on 3rd Oct 2016Stephen Powell shared Globe in Morning Lane's post. Saturday 5th November, book launch of "Sammy's Scrap Book", a compilation of the press cuttings etc collated by Boxing Historian Ray Lee. The book is attributed to the boxing career of former British Featherweight Champion of the 1950's, SAMMY McCARTHY, an 'East End Idol' and national favourite. Sam will be personally signing copies of the book from 5pm to 8pm on the day....more...

Charity Evening 12th November 2016

Posted by Paul Fairweather on 20th Sep 2016Hello everyone, We have decided to host our own charity Boxing show to raise funds for Harry Senior. I trained with Harry at the Henry Cooper gym, Thomas a beckett and Lennox Lewis college under the guidance of Bryan Lawrence....more...


Posted by Paul Fairweather on 2nd Jul 2016I am so pleased to tell everyone that doesn't already know that the GARY DAVIDSON ANNUAL GOLF CLASSIC is honouring my best pal Tony Hudson. The testimonial is being held at the Darenth Valley Golf Club, Shoreham, Kent,Wednesday August 17 th Golf to include dinner is a mere £65.00 and dining only is £40.00, you can place an advert for £40.00 or sponsor a hole for £100.00. For information contact Tom Mulholland, 0208 857 0747 or 07957 433896.&?8 Many famous fighters and people will be there but take note, seats are selling fast, Tony still packs them in....more...


Posted by Paul Fairweather on 16th May 2016AN EXHIBITION OF PHOTOGRAPHS TAKEN BY PHOTOGRAPHER CHRIS MOYSE IN 1980-82, At The Globe Pub, 20 Morning lane, Hackney, London E9 6NA, Tel 0208 985 6455. On Thursday 19th May, from 4:30pm to 7pm. Chris Moyse will be present along with some of the boxers etc featured in his photographs. This is a little known collection of photos rarely exhibited other than those on permanent display at the V&A Museum, and the National Photographic Portrait Gallery, in London. They are an insight to the Fight Business in the early eighties....more...


Posted by Paul Fairweather on 3rd May 2016Please go along to this event ,its always a great day,many boxers ans ex boxers in attendance,hosted by James Cook MBE Dont miss this


Posted by Paul Fairweather on 19th Apr 2016. By MIKE TAUB SAD to relate the passing on the morning of Wednesday, 6th April, of long-time LEBA member John Lloyd at the care home in Cricklewood that had been his home for the past several years. He was 87. John was a valued sub-editor and sports writer for the Daily Express for most of his working life and frequently contributed to Seconds Out. He was nicknamed Welsh Fargo by LEBA president Stephen Powell in deference to his nationality and the fact he would invariably deliver his copy at the very last minute to Stephen’s mother, the late LEBA secretary Mary Powell....more...

Sid Nathan 1-9-1922 -3-4-2016

Posted by Paul Fairweather on 4th Apr 2016Information by Barry Noonan[Brighton] R.I.P Sid Nathan! Sid and his wife Lilian were married on 1 September 1942 at Devonshire Road Synagogue in Hackney with the reception at Folman’s West Central Rooms, Noel St, W1. Both Sid & Lilian were born in London in 1922. At the time of their marriage, Lilian was a secretary for the Ministry of Food. Sid started work at 14 as a messenger boy for the BBC. He then became a solicitor’s clerk for the firm H.H.Wells & Sons of Paternoster Row & then decided to take up a career as a professional boxer....more...

NICKY GARGANO 1-11-1934 - 03-2016

Posted by Paul Fairweather on 29th Mar 2016Member Alec Johnson has just called to inform me that Nicky Gargano has passed away,our most sincere condolences go out to the family at this sad time. As a boxer, Gargano was regarded as one of the most skilled of all British amateurs in the history of the sport. Former B.B.C. commentator, Harry Carpenter, had said :'You would never see anyone box like that today because there is no-one around to teach what Nicky knew. Such skill, such timing and such defence.' Three times an Amateur Boxing Association champion, Gargano had 197 bouts and won 190, reversing 5 of his losses....more...

Nobby Clarke 8-9-1926-26-2-2016

Posted by Paul Fairweather on 28th Feb 2016It comes with a heavy heart to report that a life member and a dear friend Nobby Clarke passed away on Friday aged 89. Nobby was one of lifes characters in more ways than one,his boxing roots go far back,not only as a boxer,but as a trainer and mentor to so many. An avid supporter not only of LEBA but all the EBAs across the country especially Liverpool,a city he clearly loved visiting. I for one will miss him dearly and I know that I am not alone, for he made so many friends across the UK....more...

Walter McGowan MBE 13/10/1942-15/2/2016

Posted by Paul Fairweather on 16th Feb 2016It is sad news that I have to post this,our most sincere condolences go out to the family at this very sad time. Walter McGowan M.B.E. former world flyweight champion passed away last night after a long illnes.Walter had it all,good looks,articulate,witty and had great boxing skills.He will be remembered as an all time Scottish great and an amazing character who had time for everyone.

Freddie Cross

Posted by Paul Fairweather on 19th Nov 2015Just received this request,please any information will help Hi, As a journalist and author (and member of the Welsh EBA!), I'm working on a book about the boxers of Newport and Monmouthshire - the fifth in my series 'The Boxers of Wales' - and am trying to track down Freddie Cross, who was Welsh middleweight champion in the 1950s. Originally from Abertillery, he grew up in Nuneaton and was based during his pro career at Bermondsey. I believe he remained in London after he retired. If he is still alive, he would be 80....more...

John H Stracey

Posted by Paul Fairweather on 19th Nov 2015LEBA WELCOMES JOHN H. STRACEY – 40 YEARS ON By MIKE TAUB FOUR decades have slipped by since British and European champ John H. Stracey caused a massive upset in Mexico City by relieving Jose Napoles of his WBC world welterweight crown, climbing off the floor in the first to stop the legendary Cuban in the sixth round. No one in boxing will ever forget Stracey’s magnificent giant-slaying achievement, least of all the members of LEBA. And on Sunday, 6 December, they will get the opportunity to pay homage to the man himself....more...

Pat McCann 9-12-1951-8-11-2015

Posted by Paul Fairweather on 12th Nov 2015Mike Taub reports the passing of popular Pat McCann,the former Southern Area Light-heavyweight champ from Harrow,who died in the early hours of Sunday 8th November.He was 63 and for the past several months had been confined to a care home in Northwood. The highlights of Pat's career were his two thrilling points wins over the future British champion Johnny Frankham,the first over ten rounds at Wembley and the second over twelve at the Royal Albert Hall.Both were Area title fights....more...

LES CLARK 6-7-1942 - 5-10-2015

Posted by Paul Fairweather on 5th Oct 2015Dear All, Mike Taub has called with the very sad news that our good friend and member Les Clark, passed away quiely at 7:30 this morning, Monday 5th Oct. Les, was an enthusiatic member of LEBA. He loved the boxing game, and those that took part in it, which shone through in the thousands of photograph's he took at ringside and other boxing events. For many it was always a pleasure to see him at the various boxing shows, and especially at the LEBA meetings. He was extremely popular, he will be so missed for his firm hand shake, given with the warmest smile....more...



12th OCTOBER 2015 2PM

Posted by Paul Fairweather on 16th Sep 2015Monday 12th October at 2pm. The London Ex- Boxers Association, In conjunction with The City of Westminster, And the patronage of Capital & Counties Property PLC Are installing a Green Plaque commemorating the historic significance of 43 KING STREET, COVENT GARDEN, LONDON, WC1 Which from March 1891 to October 1929 became known as; THE NATIONAL SPORTING CLUB Which under the direction of its President Hugh Cecil Lowther, the Rt....more...

Geoff Born 29/6/1936-17/7/2015

Posted by Paul Fairweather on 20th Jul 2015Stephen Powell : Very sad news again, Sammy McCarthy has telephoned to say that he had been to visit LEBA treasurer Geoff Born in hospital only to be met with the news that Geoff had passed away last evening (Fri 17th July). Geoff was a stalwart of Boxing having boxed for, and been involved for many years with, The Lynn Amatuer Boxing Club. Geoff was also a treasurer for the British Boxing Board of Control, and The London Amatuer Boxing Association....more...


Posted by Paul Fairweather on 11th Jul 2015On Saturday 18th July ,an evening is being held in aid of Bladder / prostate cancer. An evening of music and laughter at the Rudolph Steiner Theatre,London ,NW1 6XT ,commences at 7.30pm tickets £20 concessions available To obtain your ticket please contact David Power on 07818 471 861 have a great night

Ian John-Lewis

Posted by Paul Fairweather on 19th Apr 2015We are pleased to announce taht star referee Ian John-Lewis will be attending our monthly meeting on May 10th,bringing along copies of his book "I am the referee" for sale,you never know he might even sign it for you lol

Phil Lundgren 2-1-1940 -17-4-2015

Posted by Paul Fairweather on 19th Apr 2015Richard Barber has sadly reported that Phil Lundgren,member,former champion boxer and BBB of C official Phil passed away on Friday 17th April. Our sincere condolences got to the family at this very sad time. details of funeral arrangements are as follows; Friday 8th May Leaving the house @ 11.15 from 9,Salbris Close, Dymchurch. Kent, TN29 0HW Then on to;for 12....more...


Posted by Paul Fairweather on 6th Apr 2015THE funeral of LEBA’s much-loved Johnny O’Boyle will take place at 11a.m. on Tuesday, 7th April, at Breakspear Crematorium, Breakspear Road, Ruislip, Middlesex HA4 7SJ (01895 556560). Family flowers only. Donations to Macmillan Cancer Care. There are frequent buses to the crematorium from Ruislip station on the Metropolitan and Piccadilly lines. The funeral will be followed by a reception at the Emerald Rooms, GAA Sports & Social Club, West End Road, South Ruislip, HA4 6QX (020 884 12468) and to which his many friends at LEBA are cordially invited....more...

BERNIE DILLON 23-5-1936 -11-1-2015

Posted by Paul Fairweather on 16th Jan 2015Sad news ...Member Bernie Dillon passed away peacefully in his sleep on Sunday 11th January ,surrounded by his family,our most sincere condolences go to his family at this very sad time. Details of funeral are as follows; Tuesday 27th January at Brenchley Gardens Crematorium,SE 23 3RD at 11.30


Posted by Paul Fairweather on 15th Oct 2014Dont forget this event on Saturday 18th October 2014 always a great day,all welcome ,free parking too

Maria (Mary) Powell 11-09-1924 - 17-09-2014

Posted by Paul Fairweather on 18th Sep 2014I have just received this from Stephen I am sorry to give the sad news that my mother passed away peacefully yesterday evening Weds. 17th Sept. I am sure over the next few days you will receive enquiries and messages, I will keep you in touch with future developements and thank you for your time and patience, in dealing with such matters. regards for now Stephen

DENNIS READ 9-5-1933 -20-7-2014

Posted by Paul Fairweather on 25th Jul 2014Sad news once again,life member Dennis Read aged 81 sadly passed away on Sunday 20th July . Dennis was a long standing member of LEBA ,I would like to send condolences to his family at this very sad time. Dennis Read Funeral Arrangements Protem : Due to Coroner Report on Monday 28th July, 95% certain Thursday 2.30pm on 31st.July 2014 at, THANET CREMATORIUM, MANSTON ROAD, MARGATE. CT9 4LY. Flower’s To: Mrs, Ruth Read, 136 Beacon Road, St. Peters, Broadstairs, Kent CT10 3DQ


Posted by Paul Fairweather on 10th Jul 2014Good news; A new Ex Boxers Association has been formed in Essex. The meetings are to be held on the 3rd Sunday of each month at The Navel and Military Club,20 Royal Terrace,Southend on Sea,SS1 1DU at 11am. please lend your support,many thanks and good luck Essex.


Posted by Paul Fairweather on 10th Jul 2014A tribute evening to Mary Powell is to be held on Saturday 2nd August at 7.30pm at Rosslyn Hall Chapel,Hampstead High St,London NW3 1NG. An evening of music and light entertainment entitled "It's Nice To Belong" Ticket prices are £15 ,Concession for LEBA members £10 and Senior Citizens £10 For tickets please contact David Power on 020 7240 4421 or 07818 471 861. IN SUPPORT OF LEBA BENEFIT FUND AND ROYAL INSTITUTE FOR THE BLIND

STAN FRIEND 5-12-1926 - 19/4/2014

Posted by Paul Fairweather on 4th May 2014Julie Oliver 13 hrs Thank you to everyone that has given our family kind words of comfort at the sad passing of my lovely father, Stan Friend. Boxing was his passion and we hope this came through with the service that we wrote, the weather was on our side and it gave everyone who attended the opportunity to share memories in the sun. Thank you for the incredible floral arrangements of the boxing glove and boxing ring. We also had a tribute table laid with gloves signed by Henry Cooper, a pen that was inscribed for him plus his usual tipple of whiskey and dry ginger....more...

STAN FRIEND 5-12-1926 - 19/4/2014

Posted by Paul Fairweather on 19th Apr 2014Have just received a call from our Chairman Charlie Wright,informing me that senior member Stan Friend passed away this evening,Stan was 87. Stan was an extremely good member of LEBA over many ,many years,officiating at our golf days,meeting and greeting at our Annual Awards Dinners and much,much more. He will be deeply missed,our most sincere condolences go out to his family at this very sad time Here are the funeral details Date: Wednesday 30th April South Essex Crematorium (South Chapel) at 10....more...


Posted by Paul Fairweather on 18th Apr 2014Lianne Jameson ‎West Ham Boys Club - London's premier boxing academy Today has been the saddest of days with the passing of our legendary head coach Mickey May. We have been so lucky and truly blessed to have had him at our helm for so long. We will never forget this remarkable man and his memory will live on in the club forever. R.I.P Mickey, thank you for everything we owe you so much. Mickey May's funeral will be on Tuesday 6th May 2014 at St Antony's Church, 56 St Antony's Road, London, E7 9QB at 2.30pm....more...


Posted by Paul Fairweather on 18th Apr 2014MICKEY MAY, RIP I am deeply saddened to hear the news of the passing of an old friend Mickey May. Without doubt one of life's true characters and one of the best amateur boxing trainers East London ever turned out. His love and loyalty to boxing and his club, West Ham ABC will never be surpassed. He put so much personal time in to boxing, and produced so many champions; the sport will miss him immensely, as will the West Ham club. He loved helping young people, his inspiration was like fire, hot and engulfing, and his boxers loved him for it....more...

Fighting Men of London: Voices from Inside the Ropes

Posted by Alex Daley on 14th Apr 2014My second book, Fighting Men of London, will be published in June 2014 by Pitch Publishing. Set around a series of in-depth interviews, it tells the compelling life stories of seven London-based former professional boxers (five of them LEBA members) who fought between the 1930s and 60s, a golden age of boxing....more...


Posted by Paul Fairweather on 8th Apr 2014Our May monthly meeting will be held on the 11th not the 4th of May as advertised due to the bank holiday

Funeral details for Mickey Duff

Posted by Paul Fairweather on 24th Mar 2014From Stephen Powell Dear All, The funeral is at 12 o'clock Tuesday 25th March Full address for cemetery is; Bushey Jewish Cemetery Little Bushey Lane Bushey, Herts. WD23 3TP Tel: 0208 950 6299

Mickey Duff 7/6/1929 - 22/3/2014

Posted by Paul Fairweather on 22nd Mar 2014Just received from Stephen Powell The London Ex Boxers Association offer their heartfelt condolences to the family of Micky Duff, who very sadly passed away peacefully in his sleep early this morning 22nd March. This truly is the end of a golden era in British Boxing, the mould has been broken, there will never be another "true boxing man" like Micky Duff.

JOE SOMERVILLE 27-6-1934 - 24-2-2014

Posted by Paul Fairweather on 24th Feb 2014Stephen Powell‎LONDON EX BOXERS ASSOCIATION John Chapman has phoned with the sad news that our very good member and friend, Joe Somerville passed away peacefully today at 12pm. All LEBA's deepest sympathy, thoughts and prayers go to Joe's wife Sylvie, Daughter Candy, and son Rocky. Joe will be so sadly missed may he now rest in peace

Jimmy Batten

Posted by Paul Fairweather on 18th Feb 2014Jimmy Batten presents a benefit night for the Freddie Mills Club. Music by Jimmy Batten and guests: Tom Jones, Frank Sinatra etc. Free Entry, Buffet, Raffle, Auction. Saturday 15TH MARCH 2014, 8PM TIL LATE. THE ROYAL DUCHESS, 543 COMMERCIAL RD, LONDON E1 0HQ.

Irving Hiller 13-4-1930 - 3-2-2014

Posted by Paul Fairweather on 3rd Feb 2014The Late Irving Hiller LEBA’s welfare officer, Sam Soraf and LEBA member David Power, have telephoned with the sad news that our very good friend and member Irving Hiller passed away quietly this morning, 3rd Feb. Irving had been bravely fighting cancer for the past few years and recently transferred to a hospice. He will be sadly missed as a regular attendee at LEBA meetings, where he had many friends, and will forever be considered as ‘One of our own’....more...

Tommy Barnham 25-4-1919 - 26-1-2013

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LEBA, has just received the sad news that our dear member Tommy Barnham Passed away at 5:30 this morning Sunday 26th Jan. Tom was a great fighter, pre and post WW2. He was a true craftsman of the sport, many considered him one of the most skillful boxers of any era. During WW2 he served in the RN and was made a POW in Poland. Whilst incarcerated in a Stalag he arranged boxing sessions and set up contests between teams from other camps , he boxed many exhibitions himself, all in order to keep up morale amongst the other POWs....more...

ROY CLEWER 21-9-1931 - 21-1-2014

Posted by Paul Fairweather on 22nd Jan 2014I have just received a call from member Denis Pinching to inform us that Life Member Roy Clewer passed away in the early hours of Sunday morning aged 82. Our sincere condolences go to the family at this very sad time. Funeral details to be posted at a later date. The funeral is to be held on Wednesday 12th February at 1pm Streatham Vale Cemetery and the to celebrate his life at The Ravensbury 260,Croydon Road, Mitcham, CR4 4JA


Posted by Paul Fairweather on 30th Dec 2013Everyone at LEBA would like to wish all members and EBA'S a very happy and prosperous New Year,have a good one and see you all in 2014

FRANK HINSON 23-5-1929 - 13-11-2013

Posted by Paul Fairweather on 16th Nov 2013I received a call from Denis Hinson to inform us that his cousin and LEBA member Frank had sadly passed away aged 84. Our condolences go to the family at this very sad time. Details of funeral arrangements to be posted at a later date


Posted by Paul Fairweather on 1st Oct 2013A Testimonial evening for Keith Bussey is to be held on October 9th @ The Royal Duchess P.H.Commercial Road,London,E1 0HE. Starts 8 pm til late Raffles,auction,live music with Jimmy Batten,free buffet and attendance of former and current Champions. Don't miss it,lend your support




Posted by Paul Fairweather on 26th Sep 2013The funeral of Dean William Powell (21st April 1966 - 10th September 2013) will take place at 1pm on Tuesday 1st October at St. Alfege Church, Greenwich Church Street, Greenwich, London SE10 9BJ. This will be followed by a celebration of Dean's life at the Trafalgar Tavern, Park Row, Greenwich.


Posted by Paul Fairweather on 25th Sep 2013 Joe Khan RIP Dear members, Sorry to hear from Joe Looker, that sadly, our dear friend and LEBA member Joe Khan had passed away on Monday 23rd September after a long illness. . Joe was a popular member of LEBA, as was his late brother Charlie and his surviving brother Bernie. He was a long term member, whose support for LEBA was immeasurable; he never gave up trying and looking out for LEBA's interests. He worked very hard behind the scenes to obtain for a ‘homeless’ LEBA, part of the Arbour Youth Club building, a disused synagogue in Stepney Green....more...


Posted by Paul Fairweather on 14th Sep 2013For those wishing to pay their last respects to Jimmy,Harold Aldermans,brother here are the details of the funeral: TUES 1ST OCTOBER @ 2PM ST.PETERS CHURCH. DORMAN AVENUE NORTH, AYLESHAM, KENT, CT3 3 BL


Posted by Paul Fairweather on 14th Sep 2013Here are the details of Betty Ambrose,wife of the late Billy Ambrose funeral: TUES 17TH SEPTEMBER @ 11.40 CITY OF LONDON CEMETERY, ALDERSBROOK ROAD, MANOR PARK, LONDON,E12


Posted by Paul Fairweather on 1st Aug 2013At last some good news to report,yesterday I was invited to the unveiling and naming of a road in Newham,called TERRY SPINKS PLACE. For those that wish to know where it is,opposite Canning Town Station,London E16,underneath the flyover. It is nestled in between the TKO and the Peacock Gyms,a stones throw from where Terry was born and lived and now lies in peace. Welcome home Terry

JIM OLIVER 15-4-1950 - 26-5-2013

Posted by Paul Fairweather on 6th Jul 2013A Testimonial dinner is to be held for Jim Oliver on July 17th,please see flyer for details:Tickets £50.00 each Thank you

Sir Henry Cooper Golf Classic 24th July 2013

Posted by Paul Fairweather on 30th May 2013Yes it's that time of year again,time for you to book your place or team for the Sir Henry Cooper Golf Classic,always a great turnout from boxers from all over the country. It's to be held once again at Blakes Golf Club on the 24th July,for further details and to book your spot,please contact me on info@londonexboxers.org.uk All EBA's welcome to enter ,team or individually Thank you

JIM OLIVER 15-4-1950 - 26-5-2013

Posted by Paul Fairweather on 27th May 2013Stephen Powell Sorry to hear the sad news of member Jim Oliver's passing. What a loss to Boxing, he and his family have given a lifetime to the game, in every capacity. His contribution to the Finchley ABC, his guidance to son Spencer and to many of the top boxers at the club, has been immense, he will be greatly missed by so many. The same can easily be said of The London Ex Boxers Association, where he has attended for many years, along with Dad Charlie, and Brother John, and his personal support for LEBA, has been nothing but rock solid....more...

TEDDY BERRY 1-9-1928 - MAY 2013

Posted by Paul Fairweather on 21st May 2013Some sad news to report. Ted Berry (Bethnal Green), one of Britain's most promising lightweight prospects of the late 1940s, has passed away aged 84. Ted was a tremendously tough and exciting box-fighter who amassed a perfect unbeaten professional record of 19 straight wins (rare in those days), before a detached retina forced him to retire from the game when aged only 20. He was a huge draw around the fight halls of late '40s London and looked like a future champion. Ted came from a proud fighting family....more...

LENNY LEE 20-4-1934 - 8-5-2013

Posted by Paul Fairweather on 15th May 2013 Melanie Lloyd DETAILS OF LENNY LEE's FUNERAL: Lenny's funeral will be held on Thursday, 23rd May at 2pm. It will take place at St Mary's Church, Churchill Road, East Barnet EN4 8XD. The crematorium is Southgate Crematorium (which is about 5 minutes drive away), all welcome to attend. For those wishing to send floral tributes, they should ring The Flower Pot florist, 01707 664 997, or a single rose on the day would be considered appropriate....more...

PEGGY NEWTON, A LEBA PIONEER by Stephen Powell (Pres.)

Posted by Paul Fairweather on 2nd May 2013The sad passing of Mrs. Peggy Newton on April 17th 2013, brought about the close of one of LEBA’s earliest chapters, for Peggy was one of the first, great characters that nurtured the embryonic idea that became the Ex Boxers Association of the capital. Being probably the first woman to attend a meeting primarily because of the fact that she was married to Andy Newton, the renowned middleweight who being totally blind, she accompanied to the early meetings as his carer. However, she did have to wait in an adjacent room with the other wives....more...

Details of the funeral of Fred "Nosher"Powell

Posted by Paul Fairweather on 30th Apr 2013Just heard details of Fred "Nosher" Powell's Funeral from Barry Penny Chairman of Croydon EBA via Nosher's son Greg. Funeral Tues 14th May @12.00 East Surrey Crem Lower Morden Lane, Morden SM4 4NU. wake at Epsom Racecourse, Blue Ribbon Room. Family wishes: NO FLOWERS, Donation to Freddie Mills Boys Club.


Posted by Paul Fairweather on 28th Apr 2013To all EBA's ,if any of your members boxed at Wolverhampton Civic Hall ,there is a medal with their name on it waiting to be claimed,if so please contact me on info@londonexboxers.org.uk Thank you There are also is a record book for this available at £12 + pp

Sir Henry Cooper Golf Classic 24th July 2013

Posted by Paul Fairweather on 26th Apr 2013Yes it's that time again to book your place at our annual event,the Sir Henry Cooper Golf Classic.This year it's on 24th July at Blakes Golf Club Epping,Essex,CM1 6RZ. £380.00 per team of four,or a team of three plus a boxer,this includes breakfast before tee off,green fees and buffet dinner,if you wish to book a place or team please contact me on 07752 322248.thank you

Fred "Nosher" Powell 15-8-1928 - 20-4-2013

Posted by Paul Fairweather on 21st Apr 2013Just received this e-mail from Stephen Powell Dear members I have just received sad news that our very old friend and member, Fred Nosher Powell has passed away. There are little details available at present, but I'm sure that when things settle down a little Fred's family will allow us to pass them on. "Nosher" was a great character, larger than life in many ways. A great heavyweight boxer in his day, and film stunt man/co-ordinator. He will be sadly missed by us all. LEBA condolences to his family and close friends, our prayers and thoughts are with you at this sad time.

Sir Henry Cooper statue - update

Posted by Paul Fairweather on 15th Apr 2013This is a minature of the statue that is currently under construction,sculpture by Carl Payne

Thriller in Manila

Posted by Paul Fairweather on 3rd Apr 2013A must listen,please tune in to BBC Radio 4 next wednesday 10th April @ 11.02 for a documentary re thriller in manila featuring our own John McDonald. Don't miss it ,thank you

Jim Lloyd 5-7-1939 - 22-3-2013

Posted by Paul Fairweather on 29th Mar 2013I have been informed that James Lloyd born 1939 in Liverpool England has sadly passed away RIP .James won bronze medal at Welterweight at the 1960 Rome olympic Games losing in the semifinals to Nino Benvenuti of Italy James was also ABA light- middleweight champion in 1962


Posted by Paul Fairweather on 22nd Mar 2013 Tommy Burling would like to thank all the members who made the trip to the West Midlands for the 70th Anniversary of professional boxing at the Civic Hall, Wolverhampton. Sammy McCarthy; Nobby Clark; Johnny Kramer; Billy Aird; Peter Cragg; Terry Mitchell; Raymond Lee; Tony Humm; Harold Alderman (M.B.E.); Bob Cheesman; Harry Enifer;Billy Walker (Kings Cross); the very busy ladies team of Carmel Burling and Linda Cheesman; Danny O'Sullivan; Jamie and Declan Cronin; Johnny Oliver and Mrs Oliver; Danny Wells; Simon Euan Smith sorry for anybody left out....more...

Colin Dunne

Posted by Paul Fairweather on 19th Mar 2013On Sunday 17th March Colin Dunne ran the Barcelona Marathon in aid of Great Ormand Street Hospital for Children,raising in the region of £1000. His time was 3hr 52min 28secs,seen here with his brother. Well done Colin

John Thurgood 3-7-1929 - 2013

Posted by Paul Fairweather on 14th Mar 2013Johnny Thurgood, one of our own. Sad news received early this morning via Joe Lazar (Lazarus) that our very good and long term member Johnny Thurgood had suffered a fatal heart attack at his home in Hackney, with in the last few days. John has been a very popular member and recently many members have asked of his welfare having not seen him at the recent monthly meetings. His popularity has been a legacy from his boxing days, as all that knew him will testify, he had an extensive and successfull Boxing carreer....more...

BILL CHEVALLEY 1926 - 2013

Posted by Paul Fairweather on 20th Jan 2013Sad news,Bill Chevalley ,one of our senior members passed away at the age of 87. Our sincere condolences go out to the family at this veery sad time.R.I.P Bill


Posted by Paul Fairweather on 8th Jan 2013Here are the details of an event ,run along the same lines as Shoreditch Reunion,if you are interested in going please contact me on members@londonexboxers.org.uk PRICE OF ADMISSION £5.00

Bob Paget 1933- 2012

Posted by Paul Fairweather on 26th Nov 2012Just received a call from Bob Cheeseman to inform us that Bob Paget a great fundraiser for Angels with Dirty Faces and the Freddie Mills Club,passed away today aged 79.Our sincere condolences go out to the family at this very sad time.R.I.P. Bob Details of the funeral arrangements are as follows, Monday 17th December @ 10.45am Honor Oak Crematorium, Brenchley Gardens, Forest Hill, London,SE23 3RD. Also known as Camberwell New Cemertery


Posted by Paul Fairweather on 25th Nov 2012Here are details of a book launch on Sunday 2nd December at The Black Lion,Plaistow,E13 0AD at 4pm -9pm. Terry Spinks MBE "Life was a rollercoaster" an updated version. ideal gift for Christmas

Teddy Baldock

Posted by Paul Fairweather on 28th Sep 2012 I hope this will be of interest to LEBA Members SPORTSMEN IN ENGLISH LODGES East End boxer Teddy Baldock has now been included in the list of sportsmen in English Constitution lodges as part of the exhibition Game, Set and Lodge: Freemasons and Sport held at the Library and Museum of Freemasonry, Great Queens St, London WC2B 5AZ from July – December 2012. Alfred (“Teddy”) Baldock (1907-1971) Boxing Born in Poplar, Baldock’s professional career started at the age of thirteen....more...

Jimmy Wilde

Posted by Paul Fairweather on 28th Sep 2012This book is now on sale priced £12.95 + £2.80 pp.for more infomation please contact me on info@londonexboxers.org.uk Thank you

LEBA'S visit to Olympic Finals

Posted by Paul Fairweather on 24th Sep 2012Ray Caulfield with Vitali Klitscho and the great Dick McTaggart MBE. see our facebook page for full report

Memoribilia Fayre

Posted by Paul Fairweather on 24th Sep 2012Here are the details of this years Memoribilia Fayre being held on Oct 13th,try to visit it's a great day out.

Sammy McCarthy

Posted by Paul Fairweather on 20th Sep 2012For those wishing to read about the life story of smiling Sammy McCarthy go to; www.spitalfieldslife.com/2012.12/07/12/sammy-mccarthy-flyweight-champion

Scottish Boxing Hall of Fame

Posted by Paul Fairweather on 18th Sep 2012If anyone is interested in attending the SBHOF in October,please contact me on info@londonexboxers.org.uk I will send you more details and a booking form

Ronnie Cooper

Posted by Paul Fairweather on 19th Jul 2012
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For all those who have been asking where and when Ronnie is running with the Olympic Flame here are the details; Saturday 21st July at Woolwich Ferry at approx 10.42am,Pier Road - Albert Road nr Milk St are the best places to see Ron

Sir Henry Cooper Statuette

Posted by Paul Fairweather on 20th Jun 2012This is the first image of the future statue of Sir Henry Cooper,the commissioned statue will be life sized[this image is incomplete]


Posted by Paul Fairweather on 16th Jun 2012
Congratulations go out to Terry Downes on receiving the British Empire Medal in todays Birthday Honours List,from all the members of LEBA

Paul King Torquay Tornado

Posted by Paul Fairweather on 9th Jun 2012I have just finished reading this book about Paul King-Torquay Tornado,a great read for the boxing fanatic,names from the past and present leap at you from every page.A bargain at only £14.99,a Must for Fathers Day,if interested in buying a copy please contact me, Many thanks

Sir Henry Cooper Golf Classic 2012

Posted by Paul Fairweather on 22nd May 2012Once again time to book your place at our annual Sir Henry Cooper Golf Classic,this year to be held on Weds 18th July at the usual venue,Blakes Golf Club in Epping. To obtain a booking form or to book your place,please call me Paul on 07752 322248 or e-mail me on members@londonexboxers.org.uk Please book early to avoid disappointment,for as you know this event sells out FAST Thank you

Funeral of Terry Spinks MBE

Posted by Paul Fairweather on 11th May 2012Wednesday the 9th May saw the funeral of Terry Spinks MBE ,held at Canning Town,the area of which Terry was born into.The service attended by several hundred people,not only the boxing fraternity ,but also many local people,who had they lives one way or another touched by Terry. The Cortege was escorted by boys from his old club,West Ham Boys Club.After the service Terry was reunited with his Mother and Father in East London Cemetery.R.I.P Terry,gone ,but not to be forgotten.

Terry Spinks MBE Funeral Details

Posted by Paul Fairweather on 2nd May 2012
Here are the details of Terry's funeral; Wed 9th May at St Margarets Convent,Bethell Ave,London E16 4JU at 2.30pm,followed by the internment at East London Cemetery,Grange Road,London,E13[nearest tube Plaistow] 3.30PM then on to reception at East Ham Working Mans Club,Boleyn Road,London E6 1QE at 4.30pm. Both flowers and donations will be gratefully accepted.

Terry Spinks MBE 28-2-1938 - 26-4-2012

Posted by Paul Fairweather on 27th Apr 2012
It comes with great sadness to report that the former 1956 Olympic Champion ,Terry Spinks MBE,passed away yesterday aged 74.Terry was one of life's characters and will be greatly missed.Please join me in sending sincere condolences to Rosemary and Terry Ellemore and family,Rosemary cared,nursed and generally looked after "Our Tel" for nearly 20 years. R.I.P CHAMP "if you're good enough,you're old enough"

Scottish EBA visit to LEBA

Posted by Paul Fairweather on 19th Apr 2012The Scottish EBA'S Bi-Annual visit to London was described by SEBA'S Chairman Phil McIntyre as "A Good Three Rounder". The delegation led by Phil included Davie Burns Scottish Champion and Scottish International,Bob Corbett Scottish Internationlist,Johnny Mallon Scottish/English Internationalist,John Mallon Jnr.Scottish Internationalist,John McClelland Scottish Amateur boxer,SEBA President the former British Coomonwealth & European Champion John McClusky and the "Legendary" Dick Mc Taggart MBE.Both John and Dick were accompanied by their wives Evelyn and Doreen....more...

LEBA visit to ABA Finals at York Hall

Posted by Paul Fairweather on 15th Apr 2012A party of around 20 Leba members were invited by the ABA[Sheffield] to attend the finals at York Hall on Friday evening,those in attendance were Ronnie Cooper,Sammy McCarthy,Eddie McCairn,Teddy Lewis,Nobby Clarke,Charlie Wright,James Cook MBE,Sylvester Mittee,John Oliver,Colin Hayday,Bob Cheeseman,John Scanlon,Tommy Burling,Stan Kennedy,George Braken,Paul Fairweather,David Power,Carol Armstrong,Alan Taylor,Graham Moughton,Geoff Born ,sorry for any ommissions....more...

LEBA Meeting March 2012

Posted by Paul Fairweather on 10th Mar 2012
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This was taken on a visit from Hannah McLafferty,Marketing and Communication Executive from The ABAE visited our last meeting,she stated she had a great day talking to all the members.

Dave Charnley. 10-10-1935 - 3-3-2012

Posted by Paul Fairweather on 3rd Mar 2012
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Dave Charnley "The Dartford Destroyer" sadly passed away this morning,aged 76 ,following a short illness. Our condolences go out to all the family at this very sad time. R.I.P Dave. Details of the funeral are as follows; Wednesday 14th March @ 1.30pm,St Mary's Church,Stone,Greenhithe,DA9 9BE and afterwards from 2.30pm @ the London Golf Club,Stansted Lane,Ash,nr Brands Hatch TN15 7EH.


Posted by Paul Fairweather on 2nd Mar 2012
Please get out your diaries to support this tribute, The event will be held at The Lotus Chinese Floating Restaurant,9,Oakland Quay,Inner Millwall Dock,London E14 9EA on Sunday April 29th at 2pm, This function will consist of a good quality Chinese meal with a half bottle of wine per person. John.H.Stracey,former World Welterweight Champion will be in charge of the entertainment,John McDonald,TV personality will be MC for the day.Many boxing personalities will be in attendance. ON THIS OCCASSION THERE WILL BE NO RAFFLES OR AUCTION The cost of this event is £43.00 pp....more...


Posted by Paul Fairweather on 28th Feb 2012
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Our Annual Awards Dinner held on Sunday 19th at the Connaught Rooms in Holborn was a great success with around 340 sitting down to lunch.Awards presented as follows;Dave Crowley Belt - Ricky Burns,Johnny Kent Trophy - Billy Joe Saunders -Jack Powell Award - John Conteh,Alf Paolozzi Award -Ronnie Cooper & Teddy Lewis,Reg Gutteridge - Simon Euan Smith and the Mancini Award to Jimmy Tibbs....more...

Sir Henry Cooper Statue

Posted by Paul Fairweather on 12th Feb 2012
The Members of the London Ex Boxers Association have agreed they would like to raise the funds to erect a Statue to Sir Henry Cooper in recognition not only for what he achieved in Boxing but for the great contribution he made to many Charities and more important as an example to our young people....more...

Dave "Boy" Green MBE

Posted by Paul Fairweather on 1st Jan 2012
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Congratulations go to Dave "Boy" Green on being awarded the MBE in the New Years Honours list today,from all his friends and members of LEBA.

Lord Mayor of London

Posted by Paul Fairweather on 6th Dec 2011"BOX CLEVER"-Boxing is a sport most associated with the East End Of London,along withthe City's eastern fringes.The area has produced Olympic Champions including Terry Spinks MBE [who won gold in 1956]as well as World Champions,Ted Lewis,Jack Berg,John H Stracey and Charlie Magri.East End boxer Ronnie Cooper,fought in the Olympics the last time the games visited London in 1948. *this article has come from The Lord Mayor of London programme with thanks to Bill Hawkins

Teddy Baldock

Posted by Paul Fairweather on 29th Nov 2011This is a photo of the miniture statue of Teddy Baldock,full size ,hopefully to be erected in Bethnal Green in 2013,for more info see or contact Martin Sax.

The ExCel 2011

Posted by Paul Fairweather on 29th Nov 2011Here is a photo of members at The ExCel during the 2012 Olympic Boxing trials,many thanks to Matthew for inviting so many members over the 4 day event.

Florida 2011

Posted by Paul Fairweather on 21st Nov 2011Here's a photo of the lads in Florida,golfing trip 2011

Mick Carney MBE

Posted by Paul Fairweather on 19th Nov 2011
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Just received some very sad news from Ray Caulfield,that Mick"Mr Fitzroy Lodge" passed away today,our sincere condolences go to his family at this sad time.R.I.P. Details of funeral are as follows;Thursday 1st December at 11.45am at St.Edmund of Canterbury,Village Way,Beckenham,followed by a private cremation,wake to be held at Oakley House,358,Bromley Common,Bromley Kent BR2 8HA. Family flowers only please.

SID DALTREY 20 - 1 -1928 - 11-10- 2011

Posted by Paul Fairweather on 15th Oct 2011It comes with great sadness to report that one of our Life Members,Sid Daltrey has passed away aged 83 after a long illness,our condolences go out to the family at this sad time. Details of funeral arrangements are as; 26th October at 12.00hrs at South Essex Crematorium,Ockenden Rd,Upminster,RM14 2UY. Refreshments after at The Cranleigh,84,Station Lane,Hornchurch,Essex,RM12 6LX. [Rather than floral tributes,the family would prefer donations to The British Lung Foundation....more...

DEREK LLOYD 31-1-1936 - 16-8-2011 & JOE[LES]DAVIS 24-5-1935 - 21-8-2011

Posted by Paul Fairweather on 23rd Aug 2011
Sorry to report that 2 members passed away today,firstly Derek Lloyd[the punching postman] and secondly Joe Davis known to all as Les,a cousin to the Hinson family,our condolences go out to all the families at this very sad time.R.I.P


Posted by Paul Fairweather on 16th Aug 2011
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As you may recall,earlier this year the Mayhem Company visited us at a monthly meeting to interview many of our members,to research for a play. We are pleased to announce that the play "Beautiful Blows" is to be performed at The Clore,Royal Festival Hall from 23 -25 August,as part of The Festival of Britain celebrations. A story of lost love and lost titles pulled from the heart of London's boxing world...in the lead up to the 2012 Olympics.The Mayhem Company have spent 6 months interviewing boxers aged 8 - 80;past heroes,current champions and future hopefuls....more...

Dave Charnley - The Dartford Destroyer

Posted by Paul Fairweather on 4th Aug 2011
On Saturday 3rd September a new book is being launched,titled The Dartford Destroyer,a book about the life of Dave Charnley.There will be 2 venues the 1st at Brent Social Club,London Road,Dartford from 10.00 til 12.00,the 2nd being at Mitchells Carpet Shop,Hythe Street,Dartford,from 2pm til 4pm. The next day both Dave and the author Jim Kirkwood will be attending our monthly meeting. The price of the book is £17.99


Posted by Paul Fairweather on 29th Jul 2011
On Sunday 14th August Trad TKO Boxing Gym are holding their 2nd annual Boxers & Celebrities Football Tournament at Concord Rangers F.C ,Thames Road,Canvey Island Essex.KO will be at 12.00 noon,many boxers and celebrities will be in attendance to raise funds for a very worthy cause,The Indee Rose Trust who provide support to children recovering from brain and spinal tumors. Last year this event raised over £20,000 for the Trust,lets make it more this year. Tickets cost; Standard £10.00 V.I.P £20.00 Children £5.00 available on line from www.tkoboxoffice....more...

Harry Marshall 5-12-1937 - Jul 2011

Posted by Paul Fairweather on 26th Jul 2011For all those who have been enquiring regarding the funeral arrangements for Harry Marshall,a good,longstanding member that passed away last week,the details are as follows;Wednesday 3rd August at Finchley Crematorium at 2.30

Boxers effort to get former Champion a new belt

Posted by Paul Fairweather on 26th Jul 2011
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Boxers are teaming up to raise £4000 for a new belt after a former champion "suffered in silence" for 50 years. Dai Dower MBE became the flyweight champion of Britain,Europe and the Empire during the 50's.But he no longer has his most prized memento-his Lonsdale Belt.Boxers get to keep their Lonsdale Belt if they become British champion and defend the title twice. Dai originally from Wales,defended his once but was enlisted to do his National Service.He was told he would be the first challenger when he came out....more...

"Green to Gold"

Posted by Paul Fairweather on 26th Jul 2011The City of London,as part of their Olympic initiative organised a day[6th July] entitled "Green to Gold".Bill Hawkins mentioned to the organiser that Ronnie Cooper had boxed in the 1948 Olympics and suggested they ask him along as a guest of honour. He was duly invited,accompanied by LEBA members Sammy McCarthy and Alan Docker.At a Guidhall reception Ron entertained the "top nobs" with tales of his memories from 1948 including his diet and Olympic photos.They all had a very enjoyable day. Many thanks to Bill Hawkins for this article and photo.

Sir Henry Cooper Golf Classic

Posted by Paul Fairweather on 22nd Jul 2011On Wednesday 20th July, we held our Sir Henry Cooper Golf Classic event at Blakes Golf Club in Epping and what a great day it was so well supported once again,Firstly our thanks must go out to our sponsors,SpeedyHire and George Abrams from The George Merritt family,without whom ,it would be imposssible to stage such an event.Thanks also go to Blakes Golf Club,the staff of which worked so very hard throughout the day,nothing was too much trouble,especially Angela.Also thanks go to all the teams,advertisers,hole sponsors,boxers, too many to mention individually....more...

RISEN: The story of Howard Winstone

Posted by Paul Fairweather on 10th Jul 2011We are proud to offer on behalf of the producer of the film RISEN,Stuart Brennan,2 for 1 price tickets for the film now being shown at the Empire Leicester Sq.Go to the link http://viewer.zoho.com/docs/gbedKV to print off your vouchers,Enjoy,it's a good film. Report on this film later.


Posted by Paul Fairweather on 6th Jul 2011Sunday 17th July the Home Counties hold their annual BBQ at the Golden Lion P.H. at London Colney starts 1 o'clock,all welcome. Saturday 23rd July,Brighton are to hold a Summer Convention at The Railway Club,4,Belmont,Brighton,BN1 3TF starts 12.00 noon til midnight,running buffet,raffle,auction and entertainment,contact Malcolm Cordier on 07765 630006.

Thomas A' Beckett

Posted by Paul Fairweather on 2nd Jun 2011
On June 29th the Thomas A Beckett reopens its doors,many ex boxers and their fans to attend,buffet,raffle,proceeds going to Freddie Mills Club,all welcome,MC Jimmy Batten 8pm -12pm.

Micky O'Sullivan

Posted by Paul Fairweather on 31st May 2011We have just been informed by Barbara O'Sullivan,that her husband Mick[our former longstanding Chairman]has been hospitalised after being taken ill at home.He is undergoing tests and we will keep you up to date re his progress.We all wish Micky a speedy recovery.

East End Boxing Lives

Posted by Paul Fairweather on 10th May 2011We would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who visited our exhibition at the Hackney Museum,it is now finished.We have been informed by the museum that between 7000-8000 visited our displays over the 3 month run and it was a great success,thank you one and all. "It's Nice to Belong"

Sid Nathan

Posted by Paul Fairweather on 4th May 2011Bob Williams from the Home Counties EBA,has just called to say that Sid Nathan ( one of our Vice Presidents) had a fall at home on Saturday ,resulting in him breaking his hip.He is currently at Northwick Park Hospital,Evelyn Ward in Harrow and will be there for around 10 days,so if any members live local,have some spare time ,please pop in and see Sid,I'am sure he'll welcome the visit.Thanks

Sir Henry Cooper . 3-5-1934 - 1-5-2011

Posted by Paul Fairweather on 1st May 2011
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It is with such great sadness to report that Sir Henry Cooper passed away today aged 76.Sir Henry was a true Gentleman.Our condolences go out to the family at this very sad time,he will be sorely missed.R.I.P Sir Henry

Sir Henry Cooper Golf Classic

Posted by Paul Fairweather on 25th Apr 2011
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Yes,its nearing that time again for our annual Sir Henry Cooper Golf Classic. It is being held on Wednesday 20th July 2011 at the usual venue,Blakes Golf Club,Epping. Forms are now being sent out to previous teams,if you require a form or further details,please contact Paul on 07752 322248. Book early,as you know this is a very popular event.

Terry Downes -Tribute Evening 28th May 2011

Posted by Paul Fairweather on 10th Apr 2011
On the 28th May,Dale Youth ABC and Westside Gym are holding aBoxing/Dinner /Cabaret/Tribute night to celebrate 50 years since Terry Downes won the World Title. It is to be held at The Avation Ballroom,Thistle Hotel,Bath Road,Heathrow,Longford,UB7 0EQ.Doors open at 6pm. There are 3 different packages; Platinum VIP Ringside@£1200 for table of 12.Gold VIP Ringside Special £80.00pp.Silver Outer Circle Special £60.00pp Tickets available from:Bob Williams 07940 573448,Harry Holland 07956 607226 Dress code:Black Tie and Cocktail Dresses....more...

George Walker 14-4-1929 - 22-3-2011

Posted by Paul Fairweather on 25th Mar 2011It has been brought to my attention that George Walker[elder brother of Billy] passed away whilst on holiday aged 81.Our condolences go out to Billy and all the family at this very sad time.R.I.P.George

London's rich boxing legacy revealed at Hackney exhibition

Posted by Paul Fairweather on 23rd Mar 2011
On Thursday 18th March,the team at LOCOG** preparing the London 2012 boxing competition,visited the Hackney Museum to see the "East End Lives"exhibition.They met with both the museum management and LEBA to explore the possibilities of how the exhibits could be used at Olympic games time.To quote "Hackney museum and LEBA together have brought a fantastic exhibit that really captures the spirit and tradition of amateur boxing.More specifically,it demonstrates the strength of the amateur boxing scene,past and present,in the East End of London"....more...

Book on Boxing Wonderboy out now

Posted by Alex Daley on 27th Feb 2011A biography of 1920s and '30s boxing Wonderboy Nipper Pat Daly, one of our featured East End Boxing Lives fighters, is now available to buy. Nipper Pat was one of Britain's most talented and popular pro boxers of the pre-war era, and is arguably our most gifted young boxer ever. He made his pro debut aged nine, was topping bills in top-line 15-round fights at 14, was ranked in the world's top-10 by America's The Ring magazine aged 16, yet sadly was 'burnt out' by age 17....more...

Wales EBA - Presentation evening

Posted by Paul Fairweather on 26th Feb 2011On Friday 25th February,the Shoreditch Town Hall crew "road show" hit Cardiff.They were there to present the medals to 20 former Welsh boxers,who had boxed at Shoreditch.Around 100/130 people gathered at Rowney Conservative Club in Cardiff for what was to turn out great evening.Nicky Piper arrived only to be asked to present the medals,rather than the "crew".He did this with great pleasure,asking all the boxers when they fought there,who the fought ,results etc,nothing was too much trouble for him,this made the Welsh boys evening....more...

Annual Awards Dinner - 2011

Posted by Paul Fairweather on 26th Feb 2011
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On Sunday 20th February,we celebrated once again our Annual Awards Dinner held at the Royal Connaught Rooms.Joined by Scotland,Wales,Midlands,Brighton,Eastern Counties,Home Counties EBA's,approx 340 sat down for what was to be a fabulous luncheon.Those present included Nathan Cleverly,Billy Schwer,Alan Minter,James Cook MBE,Sylvester Mittee,Billy Walker,Gary Stretch,John Conteh and so many more.Awards were presented to : Nathan Cleverly,George Groves,Jim and John Oliver,Bob Cheeseman and Paul Fairweather....more...

Dave Croll- Dundee

Posted by Paul Fairweather on 26th Feb 2011
Back in January,we were contacted by Val McKeeman,manager of Carmichael House Care Home in Dundee ,asking if we could provide her with any more information regarding The Shoreditch Town Hall medals as one of her residents Davy Croll had boxed there.Details were sent along with the dvd,programme of the day and record book.She informed us that the Lord Provost of Dundee was due to present Dave with his medal on January 26th.We have now received the photos of Daveand a letter stating that,"Davy enjoyed his afternoon of noteriety,but seemed perplexed with all the attention"....more...

Comment to Shoreditch Town Hall

Posted by Paul Fairweather on 7th Feb 2011Paul ifyou contact me on members@londondonexboxers.org.uk I will help you

Johnny Cooke

Posted by Paul Fairweather on 4th Feb 2011Following this weeks article in the Boxing News,we are pleased to announce that Johnny is alive and well and living in Liverpool.As you can see by the photo he has received his medal from Shoreditch Town Hall,this was presented to him by Merseyside EBA before Christmas.

Funeral details for Gary Mason

Posted by Paul Fairweather on 27th Jan 2011The funeral of Gary Mason will take place on Friday 11th February and is to be held at All Saints Parish Church,High Street,Carshalton,SM5 3AQ at 12.00 R.I.P Gary

Gary Mason 1962 - 2011

Posted by Paul Fairweather on 7th Jan 2011
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We are very sorry to hear of the sad news of the passing of Gary today,our sympathy and condolences,from all at LEBA, go out to Gary's family at this very sad time. R.I.P GARY

Tribute to Bob Paget

Posted by Paul Fairweather on 4th Jan 2011A tribute evening is to held for a good LEBA member ,Bob Paget on the 26th January 2011 at The Globe P.H ,Morning Lane,Hackney,E8.Starts at 19.00 hrs til late.Funds raised are to go towards purchasing an electric wheelchair for Bob.M.C for the evening,Mr.Jimmy Batten,former British Champion.Tickets are now available from Tommy Mulholland at £5 each or a donation will be warmly received. Call Tommy on 020 8857 0747 for tickets


Posted by Paul Fairweather on 22nd Dec 2010
This is to remind everyone of our exhibition that is being held at The Hackney Museum from 25th January to 30th April 2011.This will be the first of it type prior to the London Olympics in 2012.Admission free,see advert for admission details.Please find the time to visit and appreciate all the hard work that has been put into it ,on the behalf of all the boxing fraternity, "It's Nice to Belong"


Posted by Paul Fairweather on 22nd Dec 2010
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Just received; for those people who attended our event in September at Shoreditch Town Hall,the long awaited DVD of the day has now arrived. These are now on sale priced £10 +pp for approx 2hrs of interviews etc.It is well worth the money as these will become a collectors item. Secretarys of EBA'S please note that there are special prices for you; 5-10 copies £7.00 each +pp; 11+ copies £6.00 each +pp. Available from Tommy Burling on 07917 142409 or Paul Fairweather on 07752 322248 or contact us on members@londonexboxers.org uk....more...

Boxing world's generous support 2010

Posted by Paul Fairweather on 15th Dec 2010
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Many thanks to the generosity of all those who attended the Gary Davidson Golf Classic in August,who raised an amazing £5800.00 for the Motor Neurone Disease Association. The event has been held every year since 1990 in tribute to boxer Gary Davidson,whose life was cut short by MND.Many boxers and people associated with the sport attended the 2010 event,which was held at the Darenth Valley Golf Club,including the guest of honour,Dave Charnley-the Dartford Destroyer....more...

Midlands Ex Boxers Association

Posted by Paul Fairweather on 14th Dec 2010Just received an e-mail from Paul at the Midlands Ex Boxers to inform me that they now have a website,you can find them on www.midlandsexboxers.co.uk Please take alook,well worth while and join their association if your local to the Midlands,only £5.00 p.a. and keep the EBA'S of the UK on an upward trend. Thank you.

December Meeting [Christmas party] 5th December 2010

Posted by Paul Fairweather on 7th Dec 2010
On Sunday 5th December we held our meeting ,held to a packed house of 350+ members and their guests.Some of those in attendance,Maurice Hope all the way from Antigua and also celebrating his birthday,Alan Minter,Terry Spinks MBE,James Cook MBE and Slyvester Mittee to name a few.The 2 Stan's [Friend and Claridge]issued next years calendar,thank you Stan's.A replica of the Dave Crowley belt was presented by President Stephen Powell to Maurice Hope. Followng the meeting it was party time,a buffet and entertainment led by our own Dean Ferris,in top form as usual,thanks Dean....more...

Cliff Field

Posted by Paul Fairweather on 7th Nov 2010
The funeral arrangements for Cliff are as follows; Friday 12th November at 10.15 am, at Dunstable Priory Church, Church Close,Dunstable,LU 5 4.The Wake will be held at The Pheasant P.H opposite the cemetary.All are welcome,especially LEBA members,as Cliff would want his old boxing pals there.


Posted by Paul Fairweather on 4th Nov 2010
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I have great pleasure in announcing that our Annual Awards Dinner is to be held on February 20th 2011 at the Grand Connaught Rooms commencing at 12.00.Despite the event being heavily subsidised by The Sir Henry Cooper Golf Classic event,unfortunately the ticket prices,sanctioned by the Committee have to rise slightly.This is due to increased costs occurred from the Hotel,as they have remained at the same price for many years.The prices now are £15.00 per paid up member and £45.oo per guest....more...

Cliff "Iron Man"Fields. 3-6-1943 - 31-10-2010

Posted by Paul Fairweather on 1st Nov 2010
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It has been reported to me by LEBA member John Griffiths,that Cliff Field a former pro heavyweight,passed away on Sunday aged 67.Cliff boxed our own Billy Aird twice also Richard Dunn,but he was better known on the unlicensed circuit beating Lenny McLean twice. Cliff had battled with alcholism for many years and was living in sheltered accommodation,being cared for, as he was very poorly.His book had only just gone to print last week and he was looking forward to seeing to seeing it in print. Our condolences go out to Cliff's family at this sad time....more...

Robert Dickie 23-6-1964 - 29-10-2010

Posted by Paul Fairweather on 1st Nov 2010It comes with great sadness to report that former British Super Feather Weight Champion has passed away on Friday aged 46.Our condolences go to Roberts family at this sad time.

A message from the Rudkin Family

Posted by Paul Fairweather on 18th Oct 2010I have been asked to place this message on our news page. A big thank you to LEBA and all the EBA'S around the country for your support,flowers and messages.You all helped in giving dad a great send off.Although the funeral was a sad day I've got to say it was a great day.Carrying dad from the cathedral to a standing ovation was the proudest and most touching moment of my life,"It's Nice to Belong". Bless you all, Alan,Timmy and Becky Rudkin.


Posted by Paul Fairweather on 12th Oct 2010
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The Edward Alderton Theatre is presenting a fighting musical,depicting the true life and times of Freddie Mills. Written by Terry Williams the musical goes from milk boy,fairground fighter,RAF hero to World Light Heavyweight Champion,the highs,lows,loves and helter skelter lifestyle of a fighter. It runs from 14th October to 23rd October,tickets priced only £9.00 and are available by booking on 020 8301 5584.So please go along and have an enjoyable evening.The theatre is situated at 5,Brampton Road,Bexleyheath,DA7 4EZ.

Funeral details for Alan Rudkin MBE

Posted by Paul Fairweather on 29th Sep 2010
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I have been asked by Alan's family to announce the details of his funeral.It is to be held on Friday 8th October at 12.15 in Liverpool Catholic Cathedral[aka Paddy's wig wam],Mount Pleasant,Liverpool,L3 5TQ.Then on to Springwood Crematorium,Garston,Nr Allerton,Liverpool,L25 7 for 2pm [14.00hrs]. Flowers will be gratefully received or donations to the Dementia Society. Thank you.

Alan Rudkin MBE

Posted by Paul Fairweather on 28th Sep 2010
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Any one wishing to send condolence cards or messages of sympathy to Alan's family the address is as follows; 21,FENTON CLOSE, SPEKE, LIVERPOOL, L24 3UH. Details of funeral arrangements will be announced as soon as possible.

Alan Rudkin MBE 28.11.1941 - 22.9.2010

Posted by Paul Fairweather on 22nd Sep 2010
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It comes with great sadness for me to report the death of Alan Rudkin MBE who passed away in the early hours of this morning. Our sincere condolences go out to Alans family at this very sad time.

Shoreditch Town Hall

Posted by Paul Fairweather on 19th Sep 2010
Well what a great turnout yesterday at Shoreditch Town Hall,on behalf of Tommy,Charlie and myself,THANK YOU we were quite overwhelmed by the massive attendance.We estimate around 550/600 people.Special thanks go to all the EBA'S ,many of whom travelled far and wide to be there.Thanks also go to Terry Downes,Alan Rudkin MBE[thanks to Alan Jnr,Timmy and Tony Malone for getting him there],Terry Spinks MBE,Sammy McCarthy,Johnny Clark[nice to see you looking well Johnny] and so many,many more,too numerous to mention,so please don't take offence....more...


Posted by Paul Fairweather on 10th Sep 2010Well it's just over a week to go before the event at Shoreditch Town Hall and I on behalf of the "Shoreditch Team" would like to take this opportunity to thank all the EBA'S for their amazing support.The response for this event has been tremendous with phone calls,requests for tickets,record books etc.It's not too late to get your ticket from me on 07752 322248 or for those who make a last minute decision to come ,there will be tickets available on the door....more...


Posted by Paul Fairweather on 4th Sep 2010It's that time of year again,yes the annual boxing memorabilia fayre is to be held on Saturday 23rd October at St.Aloysius Hall,Eversholt Street,Euston,London,NW1. It starts at 13.30 and continues til 17.30.Many stalls selling a wide selection of boxing memorabilia,including programmes,photos,signed gloves,robes any much,much more. For enquiries and info contact Chas Taylor on 01707 654677 or 07956 912741. FREE PARKING ALL DAY,Licensed Bar and snacks. Admission only £2.00

Billy Barnett 6-8-1954 to 22-8-2010

Posted by Paul Fairweather on 22nd Aug 2010It comes with great sadness to report that LEBA member and good friend Billy Barnett ,passed away today following a short illness.Billy was a good member,always attending the meetings,visiting other EBA'S,Blackpool ,Liverpool and many more. Our condolences go out to his family at this sad time. Details of funeral as follows; Friday 27th August 2010 @ 15.15 hrs from 89,Northdown Street,London,N1 9BS or 16.15 hrs at Islington & East Finchley Crematorium,High Road,East Finchley,London N2 9AG. Flowers will be appreciated.


Posted by Alex Daley on 22nd Aug 2010Fans of Britain's boxing past can share their knowledge and opinions on a new facebook group set up in tribute to the British boxers and fights of yesteryear. There are already some interesting posts on the likes of Ted Kid Lewis, Jimmy Wilde, Jock McAvoy, Len Wickwar and Dave Charnley. Fancy getting involved? Simply follow the link below, sign in to facebook, then click 'Like' to join the group: ...more...


Posted by Paul Fairweather on 5th Aug 2010This years Golf Day was a terrific success,despite the economic recession,we had 36 teams competing with former boxers playing in most teams and Speedy Hire continued to sponser the even as they have done for the past eight years. In addition thanks to Charlie Wright,George Abrahams sponsored the "longest drive" in the name of his father in law,George Merritt a great LEBA member....more...


Posted by Paul Fairweather on 29th Jul 2010
This is the first copy of Shoreditch Town Hall Boxing Records,it is due to be released to coincide with our event at Shoreditch Town Hall on the 18th September 2010.It contains details and records of many boxers who fought there and some really great pictures.This is a limited edition so if you wish to reserve a copy,you can contact Paul Fairweather on 07752 322248 or e-mail members@londonexboxers.org.uk. Price is £10 per copy plus p&p. So to avoid disappointment,call now and reserve your copy.


Posted by Paul Fairweather on 28th Jul 2010
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This event will be held at our normal venue,Darenth Valley Golf Club,Shoreham,Kent on WEDNESDAY 18th August 2010 from noon.Once again this will be a fun day with good golf and many boxing personalities have promised to attend. The tribute this year will be honouring Dave Charnley,arguably one of the greatest pound for pound fighters this country has produced.On this occassion Dave is donating the proceeds to the Motor Neurone Disease Association as a tribute to Gary. Teams of four playing 18 holes;£65 per head including meal.For more details contact Tommy Mulholland on 020 8851 0886....more...

Help for Heroes.

Posted by Paul Fairweather on 7th May 2010An evening was held on Thursday 6th May for Help for Heroes Fund at The Kings Head,Sevenoaks.Many people attended the evening including members of both Brighton EBA and London Ex Boxers Association,too many to name individually.Jimmy Batten hosted the night and also provided the entertainment.An auction and raffle were held and raised the terrific sum of over £1000.00.Many thanks to Tommy Mulholland who organized the event,Dave Smith,landlord of The Kings Head and his staff who worked tirelessly thoughout the evening and of course Jimmy Batten and all those who attended the event.

Tom Sayers plaque unveiled

Posted by Alex Daley on 28th Apr 2010
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Our friends at SEBA (the Sussex Ex-Boxers' Association) have unveiled a plaque to honour nineteenth-century world heavyweight champion Tom Sayers. The event took place on 17 April before a crowd that included several generations of Sayers's descendants. The plaque – sculpted by Carl Payne and designed by SEBA president Tommy Mellis – is a fitting tribute to one of boxing's pioneers, and marks the 150th anniversary of his world-title battle with the American John C. Heenan....more...

Shoreditch Town Hall

Posted by Paul Fairweather on 15th Apr 2010
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A Day of Boxing Nostalgia: To celebrate the 55th anniversary of the first boxing show to be held at Shoreditch Town Hall ,a afternoon has been set aside on Saturday 18th September 2010 from 4pm -8pm.A commemorative medal will be presented to all boxers who fought there,there is no hard and fast rules regarding this as,unfortunately some Boxers have passed on,so it may be presented to the next of kin.Tickets are priced at £10....more...

Programmes .

Posted by Paul Fairweather on 15th Apr 2010
Copies of programmes from the 1st and last shows held at Shoreditch Town Hall now available at £5.00 for the 2,great value,to obtain your copies,please contact Tommy Burling on 07917 142409,Charlie Wright on 07764 205556 or Paul Fairweather on 07752 322248 or contact us on members@londonexboxers.org.uk so they can by dispatched.Please make all cheques payable to Shoreditch Town Hall [EBA'S]Fund.

Tickets for Shoreditch Town Hall Event

Posted by Paul Fairweather on 15th Apr 2010Tickets for the event now available at £10.00 or you can purchase raffle tickets at £5.00 each or a book of 20 @£100.00 The prizes are amazing:1st Prize 2 tickets to Las Vegas to watch a Major fight,this includes 4 nights in hotel and flights to and from Vegas.Other prizes include 4 ringside seats to a major boxing show: 2 ringside seats to a major boxing show: a longweekend in Paris for 2:4 tickets to a top West End Show: and 10 consolation prizes of a years subscription to the Boxing News.Please contact Tommy,Charlie or Paul for these....more...


Posted by Paul Fairweather on 15th Apr 2010Also by the same Raymond Lee is a Record book relating to bouts that took place at the Arena from 1933-1953.This was the first of a set,the second being West Ham Baths.Contact details are the same or members@londonexboxers.org.uk.Price £10.00 +p.p


Posted by Paul Fairweather on 13th Apr 2010A new Boxing Record Book has just been compiled by LEBA member Raymond Lee,it features bouts that occured at the Baths from 1934 - 1963. It is available at £10.00 +p.p from Raymond on 01708 509459 or 07807 739560.Failing that, you can contact us on members@londonexboxers.org.uk