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THE BLOND BOMBSHELL

We look back on the brief but thrilling career of Barnsley’s Shaun Doyle
Alex Daley @thealexdaley Historian & author

CERTAIN UK towns produce more than their share of British titlists, but for others the wait can be a long one. In June 1917, Charlie Hardcastle became Barnsley’s first British champion, but he lost the title in his first defence that November, and it was 19 years before another Barnsley boxer even fought for a national crown. That was Chuck Parker, who in April 1936 lost to Dave McCleave for the vacant British welterweight title. It was over 30 years before anyone else from the South Yorkshire town got a shot at British honours.

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