News | Sep 30 2014

British heavyweight golden boy Billy Walker is going to Hollywood

The story of the 1960s star has been snapped up by movie producers

HOLLYWOOD has come calling for Billy Walker, one of Britain’s most popular heavyweight boxers, pictured above right alongside Floyd Patterson (centre) and Henry Cooper.

Billy became a household name – literally overnight – in 1961 after knocking out an opponent in one minute, in an Anglo-U.S amateur contest, watched by more than 12 million BBC TV viewers.

He was the David Beckham of his day – a rich, handsome A-list celebrity, living a swashbuckling lifestyle he and his equally famous brother, George, would not have believed possible when they lived in London’s East End.