Fred Webster (boxer)

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Fred Webster
Statistics
Rated at Lightweight
Nationality British
Born (1908-06-18)18 June 1908
Died 1971
Boxing record
Total fights 65
Wins 46
Wins by KO 5
Losses 14
Draws 5

Frederick "Fred" Webster (18 June 1908 – 1971) was a British boxer who was a three time British amateur champion and competed in the 1928 Summer Olympics. As a professional he held the British lightweight title between 1929 and 1930.

Career[edit]

From Kentish Town, Fred Webster was a member of the St. Pancras Boxing Club.[1] Webster was a British amateur champion at three different weights (bantamweight, featherweight, and lightweight) in successive years from 1926 to 1928, a feat not matched until Joe Calzaghe won his third title in 1993.[2][3] At the 1928 Summer Olympics he was eliminated in the second round of the lightweight class after losing his fight to David Baan.[4]

He subsequently turned professional, winning his first pro fight against Charles Ernst in October 1928. He went on to beat George Rose and British lightweight champion Sam Steward in January 1929. He drew with Jack Hyams in March before challenging for Steward's title in May, taking a points decision to become British champion in only his sixth pro fight.[5] He defended the British title in May 1930 against Al Foreman, with the British Empire title also at stake; Foreman knocked him out in the first round to take both titles.[6]

Webster had some notable wins in the years that followed, including victories over Harry Corbett, Len "Tiger" Smith, Harry Mason, Billy Bird, Rose again, and Pat Butler, but never again fought for a title. A defeat to Mason in July 1933 started a run of eight fights of which he won only two, and Webster retired from boxing after losing to Johnny Rust in September 1934.

Webster married Grace Lilian Hedgson in February 1932.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "1928: 44th ABAE National Championships 28 March 1928 Royal Albert Hall, London", England Boxing. Retrieved 15 August 2015
  2. ^ "Fred Webster in the Argentine". Hartlepool Mail. 7 November 1929. Retrieved 15 August 2015 – via British Newspaper Archive. (Subscription required (help)). 
  3. ^ "Calzaghe's 10 career highs", BBC, 5 February 2009. Retrieved 15 August 2015
  4. ^ "Fred Webster Archived May 19, 2011, on Wayback Machine.", sports-reference.com. Retrieved 15 August 2015
  5. ^ "British Champion Unconvincing". Dundee Evening Telegraph. 3 May 1929. Retrieved 15 August 2015 – via British Newspaper Archive. (Subscription required (help)). 
  6. ^ "Champion Knocked Out". Hartlepool Mail. 22 May 1930. Retrieved 15 August 2015 – via British Newspaper Archive. (Subscription required (help)). 

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