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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born: 28/11/1941, Liverpool died: 22/09/2010
Although from Liverpool Alan boxed out of London during his professional career. He won the British Bantamweight Title from Johnny Caldwell in 1965. Although he lost his title at the first defence to Walter McGowan in 1966 he regained it from McGowan in 1968. He successfully defended his British title a further three times: once against Evan Armstrong and twice against Johnny Clarke.
Alan also boxed for the world title on three occasions. Alas his three attempts ended in failure. He lost his first challenge to Fighting Harada in Japan on points in 1965. Four years later he took on Lionel Rose in Melbourne: many commentators thought Alan had done enough to win but Rose retained his title on a split points decision. Alan's final stab at the world title came nine months later in California where he took on the fearsome Rueben Olivares. Alan was KO in the second round.
In addition to being British Champion Alan was also European and Commonwealth champion at bantamweight. He was without doubt, one of Britain's finest bantamweights.