Benny Lynch signed photo boxing world champion

Authentic Benny Lynch signed photo boxing world champion. Genuine autographed memorabilia from the Glasgow Champ.

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Authentic Benny Lynch signed photo boxing world champion. Genuine autographed memorabilia from the Glasgow Champ.

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Benny Lynch signed photo boxing world champion

Authentic Benny Lynch signed photo boxing world champion. Genuine autographed memorabilia from the Glasgow Champ.

 

Benjamin Lynch (2 April 1913 – 6 August 1946) was a Scottish professional boxer who fought in the flyweight division. Considered by some to be one of the finest boxers below the lightweight division; in his era and has been described as the greatest fighter Scotland ever produced. The Ring Magazine founder Nat Fleischer rated Lynch as the No. 5 flyweight of all-time; while his publication placed him 63rd in its 2002 list of the “Best Fighters of the Last 80 Years”. Like Fleischer, both Statistical boxing website BoxRec and the International Boxing Research Organization; also rank Lynch as the 5th greatest flyweight ever. Elected to the Ring Magazine hall of fame in 1986 and the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 1998.

 

Early professional fights

Lynch made his professional debut in April 1931 with a second round stoppage of Young Bryce. His professional career started inauspiciously, winning only 8 of his first 15 fights. His first significant victory came in June 1932, when he beat the experienced Jock Joe Aitken on points.

In March 1933 he began an unbeaten run that would last three years. He beat Bert Kirby on points in October 1933; and in January 1934 beat Jim Brady in an eliminator for the Scottish Area flyweight title, beating Jim Campbell in May to take the title. He successfully defended the title against Campbell a month later. Lynch rounded off the year with further wins over opponents including Maurice Huguenin, Jim Brady, Valentin Angelmann. and Pedro Ruiz.

 

World flyweight champion

There was dispute, on at least on one side of the Atlantic, as to who was the genuine world flyweight champion. Lynch, recognised as champion in Britain, settled the matter when he out-pointed NBA and NYSAC flyweight champion Filipino Small Montana in London in January 1937 to establish himself as the undisputed world flyweight boxing champion.

In his next fight he beat Spanish flyweight champion Fortunato Ortega on points. In March he was disqualified against Len Hampston when his second entered the ring. The two met again three weeks later, with Lynch winning via a tenth round stoppage. In June, again beaten by Warnock in a fight for which he failed to make the weight.

In October 1937 he handed Peter Kane his first loss by knockout in a defence of his British and world titles. One of his training sessions before the fight had attracted 10,000 spectators. Towards the end of the month he was knocked unconscious in a car crash. Two months later he stopped Georges Bataille in the eighth round at the Granby Halls in Leicester.

Lynch and Kane met again in March 1938, fighting a draw, with Benny Lynch autographs again failing to make the weight and paying a forfeit.

Lynch, arrested later that month and charged with driving offences after crashing his car while drunk and hitting a telegraph pole and a pram containing a 12-week old baby, and failing to stop after the accident. His trial delayed until after his world title fight with American Jackie Jurich. He forfeited his world flyweight title against Jurich, when he weighed in at 118.5 lb (53.8 kg), half a pound over the bantamweight limit. Lynch stopped Jurich in the 12th round, but lost the title. At his trial in July, he was fined £20 and disqualified from driving for a year.

 

Decline and death

In April 1940, Benny got fined 30 shillings after being found drunk in Glasgow Road, Ralston. Besides, In October 1942 he was charged with offences against a 7-year old girl in a Glasgow cinema, and was subsequently found guilty of assaulting two girls aged 7 and 10.

He would continue to battle with alcoholism for the rest of his life despite several attempts to treat the disease. Lynch died in 1946 of malnutrition-induced respiratory failure, aged 33. Buried at St. Kentigern’s Cemetery, Glasgow, with some 2000 people attending the funeral.

 

Legacy

Furthermore, Lynch’s life was the subject of Bill Bryden’s 1974 stage play Benny Lynch, with a book of the play published in 1975, and a television adaptation made in 1976. A second play based on Lynch’s life, written by Peter Arnett, was first performed in 1985.

Featured on the cover of Scottish rock band Gun’s second album, Gallus, in 1992. A documentary about the life of Benny Lynch; directed by John Mackenzie and narrated by Robert Carlyle, made in 2003. Another documentary film about Lynch, Benny, directed by Andrew Gallimore, was first shown in 2017.

Additionally, The Benny Lynch Story, a stage play written by David Carswell and directed by David Hayman Jr, with Stephen Purdon playing the boxing champion, toured Scotland in May and June 2019.