Len goes out with a bang

One youngster trains at Boston ABC back in 1968.
One youngster trains at Boston ABC back in 1968.

Boston boxer Len Pearce was determined to go out in style - or should that be, with a bang? - when he took to the ring for his farewell fight.

And he didn’t disappoint.

In 1968, Len was a window cleaner by day, but in his spare time he was cleaning up in the ring as an amateur boxer.

But Len had decided it was time to hang up the gloves... almost.

His retirement bout was to be in front of friends and family at Boston Amateur Boxing Club’s home tournament.

And to make things even more interesting, his opponent was to be B. Colclough of the Electra club, who had outpointed him in the Amateur Boxing Association’s Seven Counties Championships just weeks earlier.

But Len wasn’t going out with a whimper, and the last punch he threw in the ring was a vicious right hand, which earned him a first-round victory.

As The Standard wrote: “Colclough, looking little more than half Pearce’s age, was the man who stopped Len’s progress in this year’s ABA championships by outpointing him in the Seven Counties Championships a few weeks ago.

“But once Pearce connected with that right hander the result of that second meeting was never in doubt.

“Colclough never looked like beating the count.”

But Len’s glorious night didn’t end when his arm was raised.

He was also awarded the Pineapple Trophy, having been judged as the night’s top fighter.

Other Boston ABC competitors took to the ring that night.

‘Babyfaced’ R. Chapman was beaten on points by Grimsby’s S. Howard, J. Pagden’s opponent A. Brooks (Ruddington) retired and Steve Gunson was beaten on a majority decision by P. Sellars (Bingham).

Paul Swadling beat B. Seymour (Chatteris) with a first-round knockout and G. Paul beat N. Jenkinson (Steelweld).