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Tommy Molloy

born: 09/02/1934, Birkenhead, Merseyside

Fight History
34 (KO's 12)
Divisions fought in

The younger brother of Jimmy Molloy, Tommy Molloy had his first contest, for St. Francis ABC at the age of nine, just a year after catching pneumonia: for a while placed on the danger list, he nonetheless survived and remained at the club for 10 years until called up for National Service in West Germany. While in the army, he won the BAOR, Army and ISBA titles, losing only 10 of 110 fights: he twice beat Nicky Gargano, ABA welterweight champion three years in a row in 1954-6, and European champion in 1955. Molloy turned professional in 1955: he had 43 paid fights, including one no contest. On 15th July 1958, he convincingly outpointed Jimmy Newman at Streatham Ice Rink in London to win the vacant British title. He defended his title against Albert Carroll at the Stadium on 14th October 1959, stopping the challenger in the 12th round when trailing badly on points, but was denied an outright Lonsdale Belt when he lost on points to Wally Swift in Nottingham on 1st February 1960. He retired in 1963.