CONGRATULATIONS to Manchester EBA Life President Tommy Proffitt, and his wife Hilda, on celebrating their 68th wedding anniversary.
Tommy won the ABA bantamweight title in 1948, and turned pro the same year. In just over five years he packed in 47 bouts, winning 34 and drawing one.
In September 1950 he beat old rival Bobby Boland on a fifth-round disqualification in a British bantamweight title eliminator – his second win in three bouts with Boland, both by disqualification. That earned him a final eliminator, just over two months later, against Peter Keenan – and Keenan won in two rounds and went on to beat Danny O’Sullivan for the crown.