born: 19/08/1945, Birkenhead, Merseyside
Cousin of Pat McAteer, Leslie McAteer took up boxing at the age of nine, and won the British Schoolboy Championship at 14. As an amateur, he represented Wales, winning 17 fights out of 17; was twice Welsh ABA champion, and once an ABA semi-finalist: he turned professional aged 20. In 1967, McAteer won the Central Area title, and the following year unsuccessfully challenged Johnny Pritchett for the British title, having beaten Harry Scott in the final eliminator. Pritchett retired before the rematch could take place, so McAteer faced off against Wally Swift for the British and Empire titles: the referee stopped the contest in the 11th round in favour of McAteer, who thus emulated his cousin's feat of 10 years previously. McAteer then lost a bid for the European title in April 1970, and a month later lost his British and Commonwealth titles to Mark Rowe. He retired two years later, and is now a committed member of the Merseyside Former Boxers Association and the Wirral Ex-Boxers Association.
Johnny Cooke in the Gym with the McAteers
⊕ Johnny Cooke in the Gym with the McAteers
⊕ Anglo-American Sporting Club
⊕ At Johnny Campbell's Gym
⊕ Harry Scott v Les McAteer