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Son of Len Bowater (Dudley) swaps some 'ring lore' with holidaying Chris Eubank

By Black Country Bugle User  |  Posted: May 27, 2004

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Sidney Bowater of Tividale is rightly proud of his late father Len's great boxing record, highlighted in past Bugle issues. He fought, mainly in the bantamweight division, throughout the nineteeen twenties, and into the early thirties.

The late Frank Sayers wrote of him, "Boxing out of Dudley, Len put up some great performances against very good opposition and attracted a considerable fan club. By his own account, he began his boxing career in 1921, probably with impromptu Boxing Booth or amateur contests....".
Bugle reader Derek Moore some years ago compiled a record of Len's pro fights between October 1925 and March 1932, which amounted to 79 contests, averaging more than one a month (compare that to todays's pro's who are overworked if they box four or five times a year!).
After retiring from the glove-game, Len went into the licenced trade, at The Barley Mow, Constitution Hill, Dudley.
Sidney was recently on holiday in Benidorm when he had the pleasure of meeting the formidable and flamboyant middleweight of the eighties and early nineties - Chris Eubank.
Chris was delighted to hear Sid's stories of his father's boxing career, and posed with him for a photograph, which Sid would like to share with fellow readers, together with a couple of pictorial reminders of Len.

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