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aka 'Nelson, Nella'
born: 14/01/1906, Liverpool died: 12/01/1956
Nelson Tarleton was one of Liverpool's finest boxers. In a professional career lasting 19 years, he first became British champion in 1931, and having lost it a year later, regained the crown in 1934, and then defended it, to secure an outright Lonsdale Belt. He twice challenged the great Freddie Miller for the world crown, losing narrow points decisions on both occasions. In 1936, having made one more successful defence (the Lonsdale Belt was not at stake in this fight, for reasons of boxing politics), he lost his British title, and a year later he contracted pneumonia and was involved in a car crash. But he bounced back to regain his British title in 1940, and win the Empire title at the same time. He retained both later the same year, but due to the War, Tarleton did not defend them again until 1945, and when he did so, at the age of 39, he outpointed Al Phillips to win the Lonsdale Belt outright for the second time, in what would prove to be his final fight.