Cliff McWhirter Was London’s Greatest Boxer

London has lost another sporting legend. Cliff McWhirter, London’s greatest boxer and a member of the Canadian Boxing Hall of Fame, and London Sports Hall of Fame, has died at age 102.

McWhirter-3McWhirter, a ring star during the 1930s, compiled a record of 138 wins, 17 losses and four draws with 33 knockouts. He took up the sweet science at the London YMCA at age 12, and at age 14 won the local Featherweight title. In 1932, he was on the first boxing card at Maple Leaf Gardens, and also that year won a Golden Gloves title.

Fighting mostly as a Bantamweight,¬†McWhirter was never KO’d during his professional career from 1932-1951. He was also a boxing trainer, manager, club operator and promoter in a career that spanned seven decades.

McWhirter retired from London Life in 1977. He and his wife, Mary (who died about a decade ago) had two sons.

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