TEDDY BERRY 1-9-1928 - MAY 2013Posted by Paul Fairweather on 21st May 2013
Some sad news to report.
Ted Berry (Bethnal Green), one of Britain's most promising lightweight prospects of the late 1940s, has passed away aged 84.
Ted was a tremendously tough and exciting box-fighter who amassed a perfect unbeaten professional record of 19 straight wins (rare in those days), before a detached retina forced him to retire from the game when aged only 20. He was a huge draw around the fight halls of late '40s London and looked like a future champion.
Ted came from a proud fighting family. His father, Harry 'Kid' Berry, was a leading feather and lightweight of the late 1920s and early '30s and fought the likes of Al Foreman, Nipper Pat Daly, Tommy Hyams and Kid Socks. Ted's brother Checker Berry and his cousin Pat Berry also boxed professionally.
A lifelong resident of Bethnal Green, Ted had known real poverty and more than once suffered terrible setbacks in his life that would have broken a lesser man than he.
A terrific fighter - in life as well as in the ring.
Courtesy of Alex Daley
Funeral details as follows;
Church Service 2:00pm
St Matthews Church
St Matthews Row
Burial Service 3:15pm
Manor Park Cemetary
Floral tributes to 92 Canrobert Street, Bethnal Green, London, E2 6PX.
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