Merseyside Boxing Archive

A key part of this website is to catalogue and give context to photographs, documents and other archival objects that help to represent Merseyside's rich boxing heritage.

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Liverpool Stadium

Opened October 1932, closed in 1985 demolished in 1987. The stadium was also a popular venue for wrestling. Rock music was also held there. Trade Unions would often hire the venue to host mass meetings during industrial disputes.


 Stewart v Berg
Hutchins clings on in the face on another Conteh onslaught.
 Conteh v Hutchins
8 January 1959 at the Liverpool Stadium
 Sandy Manuel v Albert Carroll
The foundation stone was laid by Lord Lonsdale on 22 July 1932
 Liverpool Stadium Foundation
Cartoon featured in LIverpool Echo, 22 October 1932
 George Green Cartoon
Flyer advertising the Stadium's first night. From Boxing, 19 October 1932.
 First Night at the Liverpool Stadium
Johnny Best and Lionel Bettinson featured in the first Liverpool Stadium programme.
 Two Key Boxing Figures

 Johnny Cooke v Tony Smith
Johnny Cooke beat Lennox Beckles of Guyana on points over 15 rounds to win the vacant Commonwealth title
 Johnny Cooke Commonwealth Champion
Johnny Cooke salutes the Liverpool Stadium crowd after defeating Doyle to retain the British Welterweight Title.
 Johnny Cooke v Shaun Doyle
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
Programme cover for the world light-heavyweight title fight between John Conteh and Len Hutchins at the Liverpool Stadium on 5 March 1977.
 Programme Cover for World Title Fight
Liverpool Stadium on the eve of is demolition in February 1987. The Stadium had last hosted boxing in 1985
 Liverpool Stadium
Alan Rudkin inside the Liverpool Stadium on the eve of its demolition, February 1987
 Interior of Liverpool Stadium