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born: 28/11/1941, Wales died: 22/09/2010
Born in north Wales to a Liverpool family that soon returned to its native city, Alan Rudkin featured in the famous 10-0 victory over the USA by England's amateurs in 1961. He turned professional in 1962. He became British bantamweight champion in 1965, and after regaining the title in a rematch against Walter McGowan, beat Evan Armstrong in 1969 to win the Lonsdale Belt outright - he also won the British Empire title. Rudkin was three times a world title contender: outpointed by Masahiko "Fighting" Harada in Tokyo in December 1965, and again by Australian Aborigine Lionel Rose in Melbourne in March 1969 (both controversial verdicts), and knocked out in the second round by Ruben Olivares in December 1969. It is widely believed, however, that Rudkin would have become champion had any of his fights been on home soil. To his great credit that he bounced back from the Olivares defeat to win the European title in February 1971 losing it six months later. His final contest in January 1972 saw him retain his British title against Johnny Clarke.