Reuben Charles Warnes

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Reuben Charles Warnes (October 12, 1875 - January 16, 1961) was a boxing middleweight champion who participated in the 1908 Summer Olympics.[1] He lost the Olympic bout to Johnny Douglas. He was a member of the Gainsford Amateur Boxing Club.[1]


He was born on October 12, 1875 in Rotherhithe in London England to Reuben Warnes and Harriet Emma Hockley. Warnes married Amelia Maria Christopher on February 15, 1903 in Southwark.

He boxed in the 1908 Summer Olympics losing to Johnny Douglas. In 1911 he and Frank Parks came to the United States with the Amateur Boxing Association of England to fight in Madison Square Garden in an international series of bouts.[2]

He died on January 16, 1961 in Hornchurch.[1]


He won the Amateur Boxing Association of England middleweight championships in 1899, 1901, 1903, 1907, and 1910.[3]

In 1936 he was a Boxing Official at the Olympic games, receiving an Official's medal from Adolph Hitler.

He was later posthumously awarded an Olympic Bronze medal from the 1908 Olympic Games, when the rules where changed to allow 4th place to gain a bronze medal.


  1. ^ a b c "Rube Warnes". Sports Reference. Retrieved 2010-12-17. 
  2. ^ "English Champions Arrive. Quintet of Amateur Boxers Ready for Bouts of Pastime A.C.". New York Times. May 14, 1911. Retrieved 2010-12-17. Evidence of a real international amateur boxing series became manifest last night with the arrival on the steamship St. Louis of the quintet of English ... Aside from Mr. Calver the party consisted of W. W. Allen the baby in weight, being the bantam champion; R. Erskine, a Scotch lad of seventeen years who was the runner-up in the featherweight class and said to be far superior to the man who annexed the honors from him; A. Spenceley, the lightweight holder; R. C. Warnes, a middleweight; and F. Parks, a heavyweight. Warnes won the championship of England five times between 1889 and 1910 ... Parks, the mammoth of the party, is another five-time winner of the English title, with victories achieved in 1899, 1901, 1902, 1905, and 1906. ... 
  3. ^ "ABA Middleweight Champions". BoxRec. Retrieved 2010-12-17.