Merseyside Boxing Archive

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Wally Thom

born: 14/06/1926, Birkenhead, Merseyside
died: 1980

Southpaw Wally Thom followed a highly successful amateur career, which included representing England, losing two ABA finals (one against Randolph Turpin) and reaching the finals of the European Championships, by turning professional in 1949. As a professional, he fought against and beat some of the world's top boxers. He won the British welterweight title in 1951, before losing it in 1952 on his first defence to Cliff Curvis: in 1953, however, he regained the vacant title by beating Peter Fallon following Curvis's retirement. Two more achievements came in 1954: first a European title, then a successful British title defence to earn him the Lonsdale Belt outright. He then lost the European crown in 1955 and, after briefly moving up to middleweight, the British crown also, in 1956. He then retired and became a top-class referee.

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Fight History
42 (KO's 19)
Divisions fought in


 Wally Thom with Lonsdale Belt

 Wally Thom
Weigh-in 8 April 1952
 Wally Thom and Danny Womber
Liverpool Stadium 26/8/1954
 Wally Thom v Gilbert Lavione
Harringay Arena, 10/10/1954
 Lew Lazar v Wally Thom
Liverpool Stadium 24/11/1955
 Wally Thom v Jean Ruellet

 Wally Thom

 Wally Thom Boxing Referee
Final eliminator for the BBBofC British middleweight title at the Liverpool Stadium, 17 September 1968. Wally Thom was the referee.
 Harry Scott v Les McAteer