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Adrian, Richard William [known as Kid Tanner] (1911x14–1963), boxer, was born in Fellowship, British Guiana (later Guyana), on 16 March, probably between 1911 and 1914 though some reports give 1916, the son of James Adrian, variously described as a joiner and a prison warder. He later told boxing reporters that aged fourteen, he had become an apprentice auctioneer but by sixteen had embarked on a successful amateur boxing career. Records indicate his first professional contest was in ...

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Angelo, Domenico [formerly Angiolo Domenico Maria Tremamondo] (1717–1802), fencing master, was born on 6 February 1717 in the Italian seaport of Leghorn, the eldest of six brothers, sons of Giovanni Tremamondo, a merchant from Leghorn, and his wife, Catrina Angiola, née Malevolti...

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Domenico Angelo (1717–1802) by John Hall, pubd 1763 (after James Gwyn) © National Portrait Gallery, London

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See Angelo, Domenico [formerly Angiolo Domenico Maria Tremamondo]

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See Angelo, Domenico [formerly Angiolo Domenico Maria Tremamondo]

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Bassey, Okon Asuguo [known as Hogan Bassey, Hogan Kid Bassey] (1932–1998), boxer and sports administrator, was born in Creek Town, Calabar, Nigeria, on 3 June 1932, the eldest of five sons of Chief Asuquo Bassey. He was educated at Creek Town School, Calabar...

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Okon Asuguo Bassey (1932–1998) by Bernard Zimmerman, 1958 [left, with Jules Touan] © News International Newspapers Ltd

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Beaumont, Charles-Louis Leopold Alfred de [formerly Alfred Leopold Charles de Beaumont Klein] (1902–1972), fencer, was born at 26 Alexandra Drive, Toxteth Park, Liverpool, on 5 May 1902, the son of Louis Leopold Martial Baynard de Beaumont Klein (1849–1934) and his wife, Kathleen Mary O'Hagan (1876–1974)...

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James Belcher (1781–1811) by unknown artist, c. 1800 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Belcher, James [Jim, Jem] (1781–1811), prize-fighter, was born at his parents' house near St James's churchyard, Bristol, on 15 April 1781. His mother was a daughter of John Slack (c. 1721–1768), the noted pugilist, who defeated John Broughton in April 1750. Jim (or Jem) Belcher...