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Name: Frank Duffy
Career Record:click
Birth Name: Frank Duffy
Nationality: British
Birthplace: Liverpool
Hometown: Bootle, Merseyside, United Kingdom

 

Frank Duffy
Bootle’s Frank Duffy fought for Britain with the army in the last war but while he was a soldier he also fought for himself – and with his winning bought a Belgium Pub !!

Frank Duffy
Bootle’s Frank Duffy fought for Britain with the army in the last war but while he was a soldier he also fought for himself – and with his winning bought a Belgium Pub !!


This remarkable interlude was in 1945/6 when he was in Brussels serving with the army. “There were lots of fighter around at the time who claimed titles but never tried a leg in the ring”.He was virtual unknown to them but was a trier. The Belgians who were fight fanatics could see that and from a purse of 20,000 francs for his first fight he ended up being paid 250,000 francs when he appeared before a crowd of 18,000 at the Palais de Sports.
The trouble was that , in order to curb inflation, people were not allowed to change such large amounts of money. Frank decided to invest the money in a Public house with a Belgium manager he had picked up. Unfortunately Frank moved on and after the war when he returned to Brussels he found that the Pub had been demolished and a petrol station built on the site.


In total he had around 20 fights while on the continent at the tail end of the war and was never beaten. He beat and drew with Al Baker ( who also fought Ernie Roderick), broke the jaw of Gus Schumaker when stopping him in 3 rounds, stopped Emile de Griff in 4, Willy Wims in 4, and had a points win over Staf Jacobs and Cyrille Delannot ( who later became European champion). For a boxer who never joined an amateur club and only had one amateur fight Frank became a very useful pro welterweight. His lone outing as an amateur was when he was 18 and he had gone to watch his brother Jimmy box on a Liverpool show. “I was persuaded to stand in as substitute against Jack Tansey, gave away lumps of weight and lost on points”.


His main interest at that time was football and he played right half for Seaforth Social in the Bootle JOC league along with Harry Birtles. He had three trial for Everton FC but, aged 18, he joined the King’s Regiment. He entered the army championship but was mistaken for his brother, who was a pro, and was not allowed to box. Eventually they instituted the North Western Command professional championship and he won the Command title.


This persuaded him to try and earn some money from the game and he signed for Harold Higginson. He defeated Joe Samuels in two rounds, at his debut in Blackpool, and on the same evening boxed as a substitute winning in four rounds. He came away with just 4 for this. He had close to 150 contests in a career that took him to 1953 – then aged 37 – and in one year had 19 bouts at the Liverpool stadium. After the war Frank signed for his brother Jimmy and in 1951 Frank featured in the first contest televised live from the Liverpool stadium beating Ron Grogan. Frank also won a “Boxing News'' Certificate of Merit after beating Israel Boyle in 1951. He finally hung up his gloves after being stopped in two rounds by Joe Maseko at the Liverpool stadium. Franks son – also named Frank – went on to box as a middleweight .

 

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