These records, compiled by Miles Templeton with assistance from fellow boxing historian Richard Ireland, are the first of a large number that will be published on this website. Records for most of the leading British boxers from the twentieth century will be made available over the next few years.
The backbone of these records is the weekly trade paper Boxing News (until 1941 published as Boxing). Many contests, however, were not published in the trade paper, and so Miles and Richard have consulted numerous other papers to ensure as many bouts as possible are recorded for each boxer.
In pursuit of these extra fights they have accessed over 350 regional British newspapers. Take a look at the record for Tommy Barrett of Penzance to see just how many of his contests were not reported in Boxing News and only appeared in Cornwall and Devon newspapers. Miles has worked closely with most of the leading historians of the last 40 years and he has named them as the source where results were obtained directly from them.
The bulk of the research behind these records has been conducted by Miles, but for the last five years Richard has made weekly trips to the British Newspaper Library at Colindale and unearthed thousands of extra bouts that have been added to Miles's records. Therefore each record is attributed to Miles and Richard.
You may reproduce these records elsewhere provided Miles and Richard are credited appropriately for their research.
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"This record has been compiled by Miles Templeton and Richard Ireland of www.boxinghistory.org.uk. Please visit this site if you require further information about this boxer, as there is much more material available."
We would ask anyone who wishes to reproduce these records elsewhere to respect the hard work that has gone into their compilation. Failure to credit us in the requested manner may mean that we do not publish further records.