born: 25/01/1914, Unknown
Ernie Roderick turned professional in 1931, having taken up boxing as a schoolboy. Despite beating every other leading British welterweight, he had to wait eight years for his first British title contest, in which he knocked out Jake Kilrain in the seventh round at Anfield. He then lost a world title fight on points against the great Henry Armstrong: a rematch was promised but never took place, and Roderick was always convinced he would have won any return bout. Back home, he made two successful defences of his British title to secure an outright Lonsdale Belt in 1941. He became a middleweight in 1945 and soon won the British title at that weight: the following year, he became European champion. He soon lost those titles, but remained British welterweight champion, and won two more title fights - however, his dreams of winning the Lonsdale Belt outright for a second time ended following a controversial points defeat in 1948 to Henry Hall: the following year, Roderick retired after losing a final eliminator for one more tilt at the title.