Leicester Oral History Archive Collection
Speaker: Butler, Patrick, 1913 - , Interviewee, Male,
Speaker: Leigh, J, Interviewer, Male
Summary of interview item: Brief outline of childhood in Rothley, Leicestershire. Describes becoming interested in boxing at competition at Glenfield Working Mens' Club, training with Sammy Lester at Bull and Mouth, Mountsorrel, then with Len Alderwick at Fish and Quart, Churchgate, Leicester. Describes training regime, first fights, signing with promoter George Biddles. Talks about championship fight in 1934, memorable characters such as Larry Gaines, Reggie Mean. Mentions boxing booths, reflects on changes in boxers and boxing. Mention of money earned.
Place of birth: Rothley, Leicestershire
Education: Holy Cross, Leicester
Marital Status: , Children:
Father's Occupation: Gardener
Location: County: Leicestershire
Location: Town/Place: Leicester, Rothley
Periods Covered: 1920s, 1930s
Recording Date: 9/7/1987
Playing time: 26 mins
Access Restrictions: Full clearance Item Copyright: EMOHA
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