Archie Sexton

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Archibald Ernest 'Archie' Sexton GM (3 April 1908 – July 1957) was an English professional boxer who began his career at featherweight in 1925 and finished as a middleweight in 1936. He had at least 222[1] professional contests, including one for the British middleweight title in 1933, where he lost by a tenth round technical knockout to Jock McAvoy.

Sexton was born at Bethnal Green. He took part in the world's first televised boxing match, a six-round exhibition against Laurie Raiteri in London on 22 August 1933.[2] The loss of the sight of his left eye - which occurred during a boxing match - forced him to retire from boxing in 1936, although he later worked as a BBB of C referee. During the Second World War he served as a Police War Reserve constable and in 1944 he was awarded the George Medal for his part in rescuing two men and a woman trapped in an air-raid shelter underneath Moorfields Eye Hospital in London.[3]


He died in New Zealand in July 1957 from a stroke, aged 49.


His son Dave had success in football, managing Chelsea and Manchester United. His brother James, another professional boxer, fought under the alias Jim Blake.



  1. ^ "". Sexton's total fight figure of 222 comes from the record compiled by boxing historian Miles Templeton. 
  2. ^ "WBA Today in History". Archived from the original on 11 October 2007. Retrieved 26 October 2007. 
  3. ^ The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 36824. p. 5567. 21 January 1941. Retrieved 26 March 2013.

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