Boxing News - - Yesterday’s Heroes -

RON LAND AND AL­FIE HILLS, R.I.P THERE’S news of the pass­ing of two long-stand­ing Lon­don EBA (LEBA) mem­bers in the lat­est LEBA news­let­ter. Ron Land, who died on Au­gust 20, aged 91, was orig­i­nally from the East End and boxed for Rep­ton in his youth. Ron’s idol was Sammy Mccarthy. Dur­ing the war, Ron was in the Parachute Reg­i­ment and at his fu­neral his cof­fin was car­ried into the cre­ma­to­rium by Para­troop­ers with full mil­i­tary hon­ours. Ron do­nated to many char­i­ties, in­clud­ing LEBA.

Al­fie Hills was cre­mated on Au­gust 23 at the Is­ling­ton Cre­ma­to­rium, with over 100 friends and fam­ily mem­bers present. Al­fie was con­nected with box­ing for most of his life and worked in the meat mar­ket along­side his good friend, Is­ling­ton ex-pro Ge­orge Hol­lis­ter. LEBA mem­bers in at­ten­dance at the fu­neral in­cluded Ge­orge and his wife Linda, Dixie Dean, Tony Gar­rett and Ray Caulfield.

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