aren't those pictures of McAvoy great, look at the size difference between him and John Henry Lewis...and his 'dropping' of Al 'kid' McCoy.
Al 'kid' McCoy was himself a 'feared' fighter and he went on to challenge Joe Louis for the Worlds 'HW' title...
if Jock McAvoy wasn't supperior to his then world 'middleweight' contemporaries, then Boxing will never grow-up, because it first through 'Pride & Possession' - can never admit to the Truth!
could McAvoy's middleweight foes have done the same?
I some how doubt it!!!
Ted Kid Lewis
" If you ever get found out it will be your own fault"...
A haunting and cryptic inscription over the signature of Ted Kid Lewis. Particularly in light of Lewis's activities at the time. Britan knew no greater ring hero than Ted Lewis, a native of London's East End, born Solomon Mendeloff, at fifteen he became Ted Kid Lewis and for twenty years was the most electrifying British fighter of his generation.
Upon his ring retirement in 1929, after twenty years a fighter, the gambling, generous Kid Lewis was not well off, in spite of estimates that his ring earnings in the United States alone exceeded a half a million dollars. In 1931 Ted Lewis was introduced to Sir Oswald Mosley, thought my some a man destined to be British Prime Minister. At the time Mosley headed the" New Party', a proponent of increased government spending, protectionism and a strong anti-Communist stand. In the midst of world-wide Depression for many Mosley appeared the answer. He hired Ted Kid Lewis for 60 pounds a week to be the physical youth training instructor for the New Party. Within a few months Lewis' role had evolved into heading up Mosley's bodyguards, known as the "Biff Boys" , a group of East End toughs, recruited by Lewis.
By 1932, Mosley's seemingly populist policies had taken an ugly turn. After visiting with Mussolini, Mosley returned to England and disbanded the" New Party" and formed the "National Union of Fascists." As rumors of Mosley's anti-Semitic positions grew Ted Kid Lewis paid one final visit on Mosley's headquarters, accompanied by his young son Morton. In Morton Lewis' words,
"...when we arrived there were two big men, clad not in the black shirts of Mosley's New Party, but in the brown shirts of the Nazi party. TK momentarily froze...he mounted the stairs to Mosely's office, and without knocking, opened the door."
"...Mosley was seated...with two of his henchmen in brown shirts standing at his elbows...The two men gave TK the traditional raised arm salute. 'Is it true you're anti-Semitic? And I want the truth this time. Are you anti-Jewish?'"
"Mosley almost smiled at TK's naivety. 'Yes'. Then he rose from his chair and told TK in measured tones ...his full plans and began to explain there aims."
"TK's face was dead white. Boxing fans who had seen him fight would have intrepreted the danger signs. ...Mosley kept on talking and then eyed TK as if to guage the effect of his words on TK."
"Until then TK had not moved. Then, like lightning, he struck with an open hand across Mosely's face, sending him and his chair crashing against the wall. The two brown-shirted men came round the desk and grappled with TK. He ducked under the man's arms and shot a short right hand to his jaw, sending him to the floor, out to the world. "
...TK hit him (the second man) with a left hook and dropped to the floor like a sack of potatoes. ...TK took my hand and we walked down the stairs past the two guards at the front door. About twenty yards up the street, TK told me to wait a minute. ...he walked back to the entrance, mounted the steps and postitioned himself between the two guards. He eyed them for two or three seconds, and then, like lightning, swung a left hook at one, spun around with a right hook to the other, and calmly stepped over both me, He walked down the steps and joined me, grinning from ear to ear.
Woodcock stops Gilroy in the second round of their London 'return' fight. No doubt about this result - in contrast to the dramatic finish to the fisrt Woodcock-Gilroy bout.