Merseyside Boxing Archive

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Gordon McAteer

born: 22/04/1942, Birkenhead, Merseyside

Brother of Les McAteer. Gordon began boxing at the age of 12 at the famous Willaston ABC in Birkenhead. As an amateur, he won schoolboy, Cheshire and North West Counties titles, was runner-up in the ABA Championship, and represented England, being a reserve for the 1962 British Empire and Commonwealth Games. In 1963, he turned professional, and unsuccessfully challenged Shaun Doyle for the Central Area welterweight title. In one fight, against Obbletey Commey, McAteer was told by trainer Johnny Campbell (who also trained Les) to upset his opponent, so he promptly swore at Commey in the first round: Campbell was shocked by this but McAteer won on points, suggesting that his act of gamesmanship had paid off! He was ultimately forced to retire in 1967 by a broken hand. In later years, he was a committed member of the Merseyside Former Boxers Association and the Wirral Ex-Boxers Association.

Fight History
22 (KO's 13)
Divisions fought in


 Gordon McAteer

 Gordon McAteer in training

 At Johnny Campbell's Gym

 Johnny Cooke in the Gym with the McAteers

 Gordon McAteer v Dick Duff