Henry Hall (British boxer)

Henry Hall (6 September 1922 – 1979) was a British boxer who was British welterweight champion between 1948 and 1949.

Henry Hall
Statistics
Weight(s)Welterweight, middleweight
Height5 ft 8.5 in (1.740 m)
NationalityBritish
Born(1922-09-06)6 September 1922
Died1979 (aged 56)
Boxing record
Total fights65
Wins42
Wins by KO16
Losses20
Draws3

CareerEdit

From Sheffield, Hall had success as an amateur, winning the ABA championship in 1944,[1] before making his professional début in February 1945 with a win over Bob Moorcroft. Initially a welterweight, he won his first 15 fights before losing in April 1946 to Scottish Area champion Ginger Stewart. In September 1946 he met Stewart again in an eliminator for the British title, again losing. Over the next 18 months he won nine fights but lost to Harry Lazar, Eddie Thomas, and Tommy Armour.

He had a second title eliminator in March 1948, this time against Willie Whyte, winning via a 10th round knockout.[2] He beat Swiss Champion Rock Gianola in May,[3] and beat Armour in a final eliminator in August to set up a title fight against Ernie Roderick in November, which had initially been delayed due to Roderick suffering an arm injury.[4] Hall won a controversial 15 round points decision to take the title and end Roderick's ten-tear reign as champion.[5] Roderick's manager Nel Tarleton officially protested the result, but it was upheld by the BBBofC.[6][7]

Hall won his next two fights, against Belgian champion Willy Wimms and the highly regarded American Tony Janiro, and he was considered a world title contender,[8] but then suffered defeats to French Champion Emmanuel Clavel, Canadian Frankie Cordino, and Ric Sanders.[9][10][11] In November 1949 he faced Thomas in his first British title defence; Thomas won on points to take the title.[12]

A local celebrity, Hall was called on to start a walking race in his home town in April 1950, and the same months was a judge in a regional round of the 'Britain's Perfect Man' contest organised by Mecca Dancing.[13][14]

Hall won his next two fights before moving up to middleweight in June 1950 under new manager Nat Seller.[15] He won his first three fights at the weight but couldn't repeat the success he had as a welterweight, and after a mixed record between 1950 and 1951, failed to win any of his last ten fights, before retiring in 1952.[16][17]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Sheffield boxing – five to watch", BBC, 23 October 2009. Retrieved 23 February 2015
  2. ^ "Scots Champs. Knocked Out". Dundee Courier. 26 March 1948. Retrieved 23 February 2015.
  3. ^ "Due to a "cauliflowered" right ear...". Northampton Mercury. 14 May 1948. Retrieved 23 February 2015.
  4. ^ "Roderick-Hall Fight Delayed". Dundee Courier. 18 August 1948. Retrieved 23 February 2015.
  5. ^ "Hall Outpoints Roderick for Welter Title". Yorkshire Post and Leeds Intelligencer. 9 November 1948. Retrieved 23 February 2015.
  6. ^ "Ernie Roderick's Protest". Dundee Courier. 11 November 1948. Retrieved 23 February 2015.
  7. ^ "Roderick's Protest Fails". Dundee Courier. 13 November 1948. Retrieved 23 February 2015.
  8. ^ "Great Win By British Welter Champion". Western Daily Press. 8 February 1949. Retrieved 23 February 2015.
  9. ^ "Hall Beaten". Aberdeen Journal. 3 June 1949. Retrieved 23 February 2015.
  10. ^ "Hall Beaten by French Champion". Dundee Courier. 3 June 1949. Retrieved 23 February 2015.
  11. ^ "Hall's Eye Badly Damaged". Sunderland Daily Echo and Shipping Gazette. 4 October 1949. Retrieved 23 February 2015.
  12. ^ "Thomas Takes Welter Title in Poor Contest". Western Daily Press. 16 November 1949. Retrieved 23 February 2015.
  13. ^ "Sheffield Walkers Beat Records". Sheffield Daily Telegraph. 3 April 1950. Retrieved 23 February 2015.
  14. ^ "Contest Shows Mining Makes Perfect Men". Sheffield Daily Telegraph. 3 April 1950. Retrieved 23 February 2015.
  15. ^ "Henry Hall...". Dundee Evening Telegraph. 8 June 1950. Retrieved 23 February 2015.
  16. ^ "Making his debut as a middle-weight...". Dundee Courier. 25 July 1950. Retrieved 23 February 2015.
  17. ^ "Hall Wins Again on Points". Sheffield Daily Telegraph. 25 July 1950. Retrieved 23 February 2015.

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