History | Issue | Premium | Feb 04 2020

This week in 1960

Northern Irish legend John Caldwell and Welsh greats Brian Curvis and Howard Winstone were in action 60 years ago this week
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SIXTY years ago the world stood on the precipice of some truly ground-breaking developments – counterculture and the social revolution, the moon landing, the civil rights movement, risqué new fashions and music unlike anything heard before. Norms of all kinds were about to be remodelled, but boxing would survive the decade largely unchanged. So, what was happening in British boxing this week in 1960?

Red-hot unbeaten flyweight prospect John Caldwell [pictured] got off to a flying start to the new decade by knocking out Spaniard Young Martin, a former European champ, inside three rounds at Streatham Ice Rink. It was the 21-year-old Belfast man’s first pro appearance in England and his 15th paid outing. Before the knockout, Martin had been ranked as number-one contender for his former crown by the EBU.

“It took the audacious and tough Irish boy only one round to fathom out a way past the unorthodox stance of his experienced, 70-odd bout opponent,” observed Boxing News. John floored the Spaniard five times in the third round before putting him down for keeps.