Leeds nostalgia: Knockout characters

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In 1973 Leeds welterweight boxer Jeff Gale, who would later become a local police officer, launched his professional career with the help of British heavyweight king Joe Bugner.

Bugner would eventually knock out Bradford man Richard Dunn seen here supervising an amateur bout at Pudsey and Dunn would be back in Leeds in 1976 when he met World welterweight champion John H. Stracey at the Yorkshire Television Sportsman of the Year Awards .

JUNE 1973: Jeff Gale and Joe Bugner.

JUNE 1973: Jeff Gale and Joe Bugner.

In 1985 the original “Raging Bull” Jake LaMotta brought his New Jersey All Stars boxing team to the Queens Hotel.

This legend of the pugilistic world would return to Leeds in 2006 and is still going strong today aged 94.

LaMotta’s life and career would certainly have inspired 16 year old Leeds fighter Terry Riley.

He picked up the Joe Bugner Shield for best stylist from Lord Westbury at Leeds University in 1972.


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