born: 06/06/1951, Kirkby, Merseyside
Joey Singleton boxed as an amateur for the famous Kirkby ABC, along with the great John Conteh, and won the ABA light-welterweight championship in 1971, the same year Conteh won the light-heavyweight crown. He turned professional in 1973 (fortuitously, the first year that the BBBofC recognised the light-welterweight division). Singleton's progress was rapid, and by September 1973 he was already Central Area champion. 14 months later, in one of the last major fights at the Liverpool Stadium, he outpointed Pat McCormack for the British title. His first defence of the title came in September 1975 against Alan Salter, and, with that successfully accomplished, Singleton beat Des Morrison 42 days later to become the fastest boxer ever to win the Lonsdale Belt outright. This proved to be the peak of his career: he lost his title a year later, and only once more would he fight for a title: in 1980, when he lost to Jorgen Hansen in Copenhagen in a bid for the European crown: two years later he retired.
Joey shortly after turning professional
⊕ Joey Singleton