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Looking back at some of the heavyweights from the empire who made their mark in Britain
Miles Templeton Boxing historian

THE British heavyweight scene during the 1920s and 1930s was greatly enlivened by the presence of many notable boxers from what was then known as our empire. One of the main inspirations for this was, of course, the First World War. In order to achieve victory during four years of armed struggle, it was necessary to muster as many troops as possible, and great swathes came across from Australia, New Zealand, Canada, India and Africa. With them came some very worthy boxers and when on leave they could earn some extra pay by taking on the cream of British talent at the very many small halls that existed, particularly in London. Some of them stayed on after the war and others, upon returning home, encouraged their fistic compatriots to make the trip to Britain in order to progress up the boxing ladder.

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