History | Apr 02 2018

On This Day: The phenomenal but tragic Benny Lynch was born

Paul Wheeler reports on the legendary flyweight champion Benny Lynch who was ruined by the age of 25
benny lynch
benny lynch

AN undisputed world flyweight champion who learnt his trade by performing in the travelling boxing booths (carnivals) throughout the west of Scotland, Benny Lynch was widely recognised as the best fighter below the lightweight ranks around the mid-late thirties.

Born on April 2, 1913 and raised in the tough, poverty stricken Gorbals district of Glasgow, Lynch was paid five shillings by the local booth owner, who regularly featured him on his roving shows. The 5ft 4in pocket-rocket gradually worked his way up the boxing ladder, earning fights at the small halls around the city.

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