born: 01/01/1913, Chester
When Jimmy Walsh was 16, renowned Liverpool trainers, brothers Dom and Tony Vario, saw him boxing in an amateur tournament and were so impressed that they suggested he turn professional. Jimmy's parents were opposed, but within a few weeks he had managed to change their minds. He became a regular at the Liverpool Stadium, and was popular with the crowds. His victims included British featherweight title contender Johnny McMillan, and reigning British lightweight champion Harry Mizler. After the latter victory, Walsh declared he wanted to challenge Mizler for his crown, and faced Jimmy Stewart in a final eliminator at the Stadium on 14th February 1935 (four months after Mizler had lost the title to Jack "Kid" Berg), winning on points. But he had to wait 14 months for the championship contest, at the same venue, winning by a ninth-round stoppage. In October 1936, Walsh beat Mizler to retain the title, but problems with making the weight cost him an outright Lonsdale Belt, as he went down to Dave Crowley at Anfield in 1938: he retired soon afterwards.