Benny Lynch

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Benny Lynch
Benny Lynch.JPG
Statistics
Real nameBenny Lynch
Rated atFlyweight
Height5 ft 4 in (1.63 m)
Reach65 in (165 cm)
NationalityScottish
Born(1913-08-02)2 August 1913
Gorbals, Glasgow, Scotland
Died6 August 1946(1946-08-06) (aged 33)
Govan, Scotland
StanceOrthodox
Boxing record
Total fights119
Wins88
Wins by KO34
Losses14
Draws17
 
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Benny Lynch
Benny Lynch.JPG
Statistics
Real nameBenny Lynch
Rated atFlyweight
Height5 ft 4 in (1.63 m)
Reach65 in (165 cm)
NationalityScottish
Born(1913-08-02)2 August 1913
Gorbals, Glasgow, Scotland
Died6 August 1946(1946-08-06) (aged 33)
Govan, Scotland
StanceOrthodox
Boxing record
Total fights119
Wins88
Wins by KO34
Losses14
Draws17

Benny Lynch (2 April 1913 – 6 August 1946 in Gorbals, Glasgow, Scotland) was a Scottish professional boxer who fought in the flyweight division. He is considered by some to be one of the finest boxers below the lightweight division in his era and often been described him as the greatest fighter that Scotland has ever produced. The Ring Magazine founder Nat Fleischer rated Lynch as the #5 flyweight of all-time while his publication placed him 63rd in its 2002 list of the "Best Fighters of the Last 80 Years".[1][2] Like Fleischer, both Statistical boxing website BoxRec and the International Boxing Research Organization also rank Lynch as the 5th greatest flyweight ever.[3][4] He was elected to the Ring Magazine Hall of Fame in 1986 and the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 1998.[1]

Life and career[edit]

He was born in the Gorbals area of Glasgow and learned his fighting skills in the carnival booths that were popular in the West of Scotland during the Great Depression.

European flyweight champion[edit]

Lynch won the Scottish flyweight boxing title on 16 May 1934 with a 15 round decision over Jim Campbell in Glasgow. He then went on to win the British, European and world flyweight titles from Jackie Brown in an historic bout held in Manchester on 9 September 1935.[5] The fight attracted enormous support from Glaswegians who travelled en masse to watch Lynch floor his opponent eight times before the bout was stopped in the second round.[6]

World flyweight champion[edit]

There was dispute, on at least on one side of the Atlantic, as to who was the best flyweight boxer in the world. Lynch settled the matter when he out-pointed Filipino Small Montana in London in 1936 to established himself as the undisputed world flyweight boxing champion. From 1932-36, he lost just five fights; two of them were points losses to Jimmy Warnock a 'southpaw' from Northern Ireland, on 2 March 1936 in Belfast and again on 2 June 1937 in front of a home crowd in Glasgow. In 1937 he handed legendary English puncher Peter Kane his first loss by devastating knockout.[7]

Later career[edit]

By 1938, Lynch's drinking lifestyle meant that he could no longer make the weight for the flyweight division. He forfeited his world flyweight title against American Jackie Jurich, when he weighed in at 118.5 lb (53.8 kg), half a pound over the bantamweight limit. Despite his weight problems, Lynch stopped Jurich in the 12th round.[8]

Death and legacy[edit]

On August 26, 1939 his boxing license was officially withheld due to an inability to the meet standards of the Boxing Board's fitness test. He would continue to battle with alcoholism for the rest of his life despite several attempts to treat the disease. Lynch died in 1946 of malnutrition induced respiratory failure, aged 33. He was buried at St. Kentigern's cemetery in Glasgow, with some 2000 people attending the funeral.[9]

He was featured on the cover of Scottish rock band Gun's second album, Gallus, in 1992. A documentary about the life of Benny Lynch, directed by John Mackenzie and narrated by Robert Carlyle, was made in 2003.

Notable bouts[edit]

ResultOpponentTypeRd., TimeDateLocationNotes[10]
LossRomania Aurel TomaKO3 (10)1938-10-03United Kingdom National Sporting Club, Kensington, London
WinUnited States Jackie JurichKO12 (15)1938-06-29Scotland St Mirren Football Ground, Paisley
DrawUnited Kingdom Peter KanePTS121938-03-24United Kingdom Anfield Stadium, Liverpool, MerseysideRetained World Flyweight Title.
WinUnited Kingdom Peter KaneKO13 (15)1937-10-13Scotland Shawfield Park, GlasgowRetained World Flyweight Title.
LossUnited Kingdom Jimmy WarnockPTS151937-06-02Scotland Celtic Park Stadium, Glasgow
WinPhilippines Small MontanaPTS151937-01-19United Kingdom Empire Pool, Wembley, LondonWon World Flyweight Title.
LossUnited Kingdom Jimmy WarnockPTS121936-03-11United Kingdom King's Hall, Belfast
WinUnited Kingdom Jackie BrownRTD2 (15)1935-09-09United Kingdom King's Hall, Manchester, Lancashire
DrawUnited Kingdom Jackie BrownPTS121935-03-04Scotland Kelvin Hall, Glasgow
WinUnited Kingdom Bert KirbyPTS121933-10-29United Kingdom Palais de Danse, West Bromwich, West Midlands

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Cyber Boxing Encyclopedia - Benny Lynch CyberBoxingZone.com
  2. ^ The 80 Best Fighters of the Last 80 Years. BoxRec.com. Retrieved on 2014-04-11.
  3. ^ All-Time Flyweight Rankings. BoxRec.com. Retrieved on 2014-04-11.
  4. ^ All-Time Flyweight Rankings IBROresearch.com Retrieved on 2014-04-29
  5. ^ Friedrich Unterharnscheidt; Julia Taylor-Unterharnscheidt (14 October 2003). Boxing: medical aspects. Academic Press. p. 60. ISBN 978-0-12-709130-3. Retrieved 22 December 2011. 
  6. ^ "SecondsOut Boxing News - Fighter Bios - Benny Lynch – Former world flyweight champion". SecondsOut.com. Retrieved 2014-05-24. 
  7. ^ "A Sporting Nation - Benny Lynch crowned world champion 1935". BBC. 1913-04-12. Retrieved 2014-05-24. 
  8. ^ "The Sorrow and the Pity: Benny Lynch". Boxing.com. Retrieved 2014-05-24. 
  9. ^ "Boxing legend of Glasgow's Benny Lynch". Evening Times. Retrieved 2014-05-24. 
  10. ^ Benny Lynch's Professional Boxing Record. BoxRec.com. Retrieved on 2014-05-18.

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Achievements
Vacant
Title last held by
Fidel LaBarba
World Flyweightweight Champion
January 19, 1937 – June 29, 1938
Stripped
Vacant
Title next held by
Peter Kane
The Ring Flyweight Champion
January 19, 1937 – June 29, 1938
Vacated