The de­scen­dents of old-time East End fighter An­der­son have a fam­ily heir­loom to be proud of

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In Oc­to­ber 1894, Joe won a 126lb com­pe­ti­tion at the fa­mous Covent Gar­den NSC, beat­ing three men in one night. Then, on April 24, 1897, came Harry Wright’s com­pe­ti­tion for the English 134lb ti­tle and that bril­liant sil­ver belt. Twelve fight­ers were cho­sen (eight to com­pete and four as re­serves), but nine of the 12 came in over­weight, which meant only three took part.

In his open­ing bout, at the Ex­cel­sior Baths in Beth­nal Green, Joe KO’D Jerry Don­aghue (Beth­nal Green) and in the fi­nal out­pointed Ire­land. This meant not only did An­der­son carry off the Harry Wright belt, but with it the right to claim the 134lb cham­pi­onship of Eng­land, although, as Harold notes, there were sev­eral other claimants.

An­der­son boxed on for sev­eral years and had his last bout – af­ter a fiveyear gap in his trace­able record – in Fe­bru­ary 1907, aged 36. In­clud­ing ex­hi­bi­tions, Harold has traced 75 con­tests for An­der­son. In his prime, Joe was un­doubt­edly a top-notcher. He died in 1943, aged 73, and was in­terred at St Pa­trick’s Ceme­tery, Ley­ton­stone.

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