born: 19/04/1952, Liverpool
Larry Paul took up boxing at the age of 14, joining the Florence Institute, and lost only 10 of his 110 amateur contests. He was champion at National Association of Boys Clubs, and at junior and senior ABA level, and represented England many times. He became a professional aged 20 and moved to Wolverhampton - he never in fact boxed at the Liverpool Stadium as a pro, though he had done so as an amateur. In Wolverhampton, he won, first the Midlands Area weltwerweight title with victory over Peter Morris, then, on 25th September 1973, the newly established British light-middleweight championship (he was very proud of being the first to achieve this feat), by beating Bobby Arthur. Paul then retained his title against Kevin White, to leave him one win away from an outright Lonsdale Belt. But it was not be as future world champion Maurice Hope stopped him in eight rounds in 1974 - on 30th September 1975, Hope stopped Paul again, inside four rounds this time. Paul retired in 1978.
⊕ Larry Paul
⊕ Florence Institute Boxing Team