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Barker was a British amateur boxer who won the 1891 ABA, the Amateur Boxing Association of England, Heavyweight championship, boxing out of the Belsize ABC.
Life after boxing
Barker would later become involved in amateur boxing in Great Britain, and was the first Honorary Secretary of the Federation Internationale de Boxe Amateur in 1920. He was president of the ABA from 1926 to 1929. In 1936, the Val Barker Trophy was dedicated in his honor, and is presented to the outstanding boxer at the Olympic Games.
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