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BIG LITTLE MEN

Britain has a proud tradition in the flyweight division
Miles Templeton
Boxing historian

THE UK has had a very strong tradition of producing great flyweights. Before World War I, we had a virtual monopoly of world champions, and with Jimmy Wilde, the famous Welshman, we had an all-time great. Throughout the 1930s and 1940s, Benny Lynch, Jackie Brown, Peter Kane, Jackie Paterson and Rinty Monaghan continued to ensure British domination at world level. After the war, some great small men started to be produced throughout Asia and South America, but we still held our own, with champions of the calibre of Walter McGowan, Terry Allen and Dai Dower.

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