Merseyside Boxing Archive

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Nel Tarleton

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.

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Fight History
118 (KO's 41)
Divisions fought in


 Nel Tarleton and Dom Volante

 Tarleton programme biography
Tarleton v Volante, at  Breck Park 26 July 1928, referee is Bombardier Billy Wells
 Nel Tarleton v Dom Volante
At Pudsey Street Thursday 6 November 1930 for the British Featherweight Title
 Tarleton v Cuthbert
British Featherweight Title Fight at Anfield, 1 October 1931. There was a 30,000 crowd for the first ever boxing promotion at Anfield.
 Tarleton v Cuthbert programme cover
Johnny Cuthbert and Nel Tarleton weighing in before their British Featherweight Championship Contest at Anfield 1 October 1931.

Johnny Best is standing next to Tarleton, Ted Broadribb is next to Best. Broadribb was manager to Volante and Tarleton.
 Cuthbert and Tarleton
Anfield 17, March 1932
 Nel Tarleton v Al Foreman

 Tarleton v Miller
Photo shows an attack by Tarleton landing a body punch.
 Freddie Miller v Nel Tarleton

 Tarleton's Gym


Fred Miller vs. Nel Tarleton at Anfield