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8 December 1934|
Stepney, Tower Hamlets, East London, England
|Died||16 January 1986
Islington, London, England
Waterman was born in Stepney, East London, England, one of nine children of Rose Juliana (née Saunders) and Harry Frank Waterman. His brother Dennis Waterman became an actor and singer. His father had been an amateur boxer and made all of his sons box.
He began boxing at the age of 11 and had an amateur career winning 121 of his 130 bouts. In 1952 he represented the United Kingdom at the 1952 Summer Olympics at Helsinki, Finland in the light-welterweight class.
When Waterman was 18 he became a professional and won the British welterweight title in 1956. In 1957 he beat Emilio Marconi to gain the European welterweight title. In April 1958 after a fight with British lightweight champion Dave Charnley he had to be helped to the dressing room, a few months later Waterman underwent brain surgery and never fought again.
|British Welterweight Champion
5 June 1956 — 17 December 1956
|European Welterweight Champion
18 January 1958 - 26 December 1958