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Peter Kane signed photo
Photo: Katrina Thomas
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Signed photograph of Peter Kane,Golborne found in the family photograph album

Comment by: Albert.S. on 6th September 2020 at 08:45

To me. It always seemed a regular contest between Peter Kane, and Benny Lynch.

Comment by: James Hanson on 6th September 2020 at 12:31

Albert, out of over 100 professional fights, Peter Kane fought Benny Lynch twice. That's hardly a regular contest.

Comment by: Albert.s. on 6th September 2020 at 15:24

I always thought it was far more than that James.

Comment by: Albert.S. on 7th September 2020 at 08:58

James. It seems that you know quite a bit about boxing history. Many years ago, I have a vague memory of going to a stadium in Springfield. I vaguely remember, it was either a contest, or an exhibition match, the main attraction was Ronnie Clayton. I believe he hailed from Blackpool.

Comment by: James Hanson on 7th September 2020 at 18:04

I only know about fighters I was connected to through my dad, Albert. His manager was in Blackpool, the same one as Peter Kane.
Clayton might have had the same one.
As far as I know, fights were held in the the Drill Hall in Wigan. Apparently, it was near Central Park somewhere.

I don't know if you're on Box Rec? If you're not, give it a try, it's full of info on local fighters.
Names linked to my dad, as well as Peter, were Frank Fallon, Emmett Kenny, Eric Billington, Dickie Davies ...... and Chris Rafferty.

Comment by: Albert.S on 8th September 2020 at 09:05

Thank you for your information James. I would have only been in my early teens when I went to see Ronnie Clayton. Very late forties, early fifties. The stadium may have been a greyhound racing one. I know it was somewhere towards Beech Hill Lane.

Comment by: Albert.S. on 8th September 2020 at 11:27

James. Looked at the Box Rec site. Fully informative. I see my brother in law is mentioned under Wigan boxers. Billy Ashcroft. Thank you for advising me.

Comment by: James Hanson on 8th September 2020 at 18:01

I didn't know BoxRec listed fighters under individual towns, I thought they were listed under first and surnames.

Comment by: Albert.S. on 9th September 2020 at 08:26

James. I just asked for a list of Wigan boxers, and they obliged.

Comment by: Bruce Almighty on 10th September 2020 at 23:49

This man was not from Wigan.

Comment by: Albert.S. on 11th September 2020 at 08:11

Bruce. I was referring to Billy Ashcroft, my brother in law.

Comment by: Dave on 12th September 2020 at 12:18

Peter Kane worked for my sons Great Grandfather who was the Blacksmith at Lane Head Lowton.The story the old man used to tell was that he left Peter in the smithy one day and some Gypsies came in to have a horse shod then wouldn't pay when the old man came back two of them where flat out on the floor, and the old man paid for him to start taking boxing lessons.I know himself and my sons grandfather attended most of his fights.

Comment by: Bruce Almighty on 12th September 2020 at 23:48

My comment wasn't aimed at you, Albert. Wigan council have been known to claim him as 'Wigan's World Boxing Champion', which he never was.

Comment by: Albert.S. on 13th September 2020 at 08:54

Bruce. As James states.
Box Rec. is very informative relating to the boxing world.

Comment by: Albert.S. on 13th September 2020 at 10:15

Bruce. As James states.
Box Rec. is very informative relating to the boxing world.

Comment by: James Hanson on 15th September 2020 at 21:34

Dave, no disrespect to the memory of Peter and his achievement intended, but you must remember, before he turned professional at 16 years old he was a very slight chap. Indeed, a boy, just over 5 foot tall and less than eight stone in weight. He was no Mike Tyson.
This makes it hard to believe that he flattened two gypsies by himself, unless, of course, they were very small gypsies. But, stories are always told and I've heard many.

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