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Looking back at a lost London venue

Miles Templeton

Boxing historian

THIS week’s photograph, taken from my collection, is one of my favourites. It was sent to me many years ago and I have no idea who the boxers are. It encapsulates British boxing during the 1930s. I am pretty sure that it was taken in 1932, or close to that date. It shows outdoor boxing in progress at The Crystal Palace in London. There are some quite striking features. Where exactly is the referee? During the 1930s it was quite common for the referee to sit outside the ring and to control the contest with a loud voice. I think that the referee, in this instance, is seated at the table on the right-hand side, and the timekeeper can be seen just above the stricken fighter, with his hand to his mouth calling the count.

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