The “Leamington Licker” – The First British World Middleweight Champion since 1891

Featured in this YouTube video is MP Matt Western talking about how Britain could best acknowledge the achievements of Dick, Jackie and Randolph Turpin, who became the Middleweight Champion of the World, beating Sugar Ray Robinson in a 15 round title match in 1951!  He was the first British boxer (and first Black British Boxer) to achieve this amazing feat.

One of our senior instructors, Annette Turpin, 6th Dan, daughter of Randolph Turpin, was recently invited to the British Boxing Board of Control annual awards show in London on 6 March 2022.  She says that it was a “fantastic occasion” where people like Joe Calzaghe, John Conte, Kell Brook and so many ‘old timers’ were talking about how much respect they had for her father and how they studied his fighting style.  The evening celebrated the  achievements of not only Randolph Turpin, but also his brothers Dick and Jackie who were also pioneers of British boxing, enticing people of all races to participate in the art of boxing.  Matt Western MP has been lobbying the government and major boxing institutions to give national recognition to the brothers.

The first image on the left (from left to right) show Randolph Turpin, Gene Fullmer, Sugar Ray, Carmen Basilio and Bobo Olson in the ring [(c) Annette Turpin].  The second photo is taken from Shihan Thompson’s book “Fighting Spirit”.  Left to Right are:  Sugar Ray Robinson, Muhammad Ali, Randolph Turpin, Gene Fullmer and Jose Torres.  The last photo is of the Turpin brothers in New York, August 1951. [ (c) The Warwickshire World]

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