A key part of our aim in creating this website is to catalogue and give context to photographs, documents and other archival objects that help to represent London's rich boxing heritage. If an item relates to an individual featured in the East End Boxing Lives project, it can also be found in that part of the site. But we continue to collect and upload a much wider range of images as we build an extensive database of London boxing artefacts.
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aka 'The Pride of Poplar'
born: 24/05/1907, Poplar, London died: 08/03/1971
Teddy Baldock is enshrined in the record books as Britain's youngest World champion of the modern era. Born in Poplar on 23 May 1907, his professional career started at the age of thirteen, by seventeen his brilliant boxing skills and ring magnetism had him appearing as a top-liner at the Albert Hall. After returning from a successful trip to America where he took part in 12 contests, winning 11 and drawing 1, Teddy was matched with America's Archie Bell for the vacant World bantamweight title. After one of the greatest bouts between boxing’s little men, Baldock, was declared champion of the World, aged just nineteen. He went on to become undefeated British and Commonwealth bantamweight champion, retiring at 24 after a distinguished career of 81 fights with 5 losses. He remained a hero of the East End, long after his heyday in the ring. Unfortunately his taste for the good life resulted in the break up of his marriage, his drinking and gambling increased and tragically, in 1971, he died penniless.