Amazing images of Britain's best boxers from the 1920's
From the 1920s up until World War 2 cigarette companies, sporting magazines and boys’ weeklies included real photo cards of sports stars to collect and swap. These photos of British boxers come from magazines like The Champion, The Magnet and Boy’s Friend and cigarette companies such as Senior Service and Ogdens.
Photo shows: Ernie Rice: Almost completely forgotten today, during the 1920s Ernie Rice was one of the most exciting lightweights in Britain. Born John Tommasso in Hull in 1896, he won the European lightweight title off Georges Papin in1921. After retiring from boxing he kept in the public eye, having small roles in films such as The Lavender Hill Mob, Lawrence of Arabia and From Russia with Love.
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