Chris "Ginger" Foran
born: 01/01/1913, Liverpool
No relation to Gus Foran, Chris Foran turned professional in 1931, and earned a world, European and British title fight against Manchester's Jackie Brown in 1933, but the fight was delayed more than once, so, by the time it took place, Foran had to fight so hard to get his weight down that it cost him a convincing points loss. He then became a bantamweight, then a featherweight, and within 18 months, fought and lost a British featherweight title eliminator against Dave Crowley. In 1937, at the Liverpool Stadium Foran knocked out Johnny McGrory, who had taken the British title from Nel Tarleton and was lined up to challenge for the world crown, in the seventh round. As a result, McGrory was denied his world title fight - but so was Foran, as champion Petey Sarron, not surprisingly, opted out of facing him. Foran then moved to the United States, and became a US citizen: in 1942, he was called up into the US Army, though he had one more fight, a victory against Frenchie Savindon, before retiring.