born: 06/09/1924, Liverpool
Stan Rowan turned professional at the age of 18, and within a few years had established himself as a contender, in an era of many top-class British bantamweights, for Johnny King's British and Empire titles. In February 1947, Jackie Paterson knocked out King to take his titles. Peter Kane, returning from an eye operation, staked his own claim, while Rowan make his case by beating Joe Curran, and then stopping Paterson in the second round of a non-title fight. Despite this victory, he was required to win three eliminators, the last of them against Kane in November 1948. On 24th March 1949, Rowan finally challenged Paterson for the British crown, in the last ever boxing contest to be held at Anfield, and comprehensively outpointed his opponent. He then lost the Empire title and moved up to featheweight because of weight problems, relinquishing his British bantamweight crown without a defence. However, he retired after only two fights at the higher level, and a comeback in 1952 was not a success due to cuts: he retired the following year.
Stan Rowan v Charlie Browm
Liverpool Stadium 2 October 1947
⊕ Stan Rowan v Charlie Browm