Joe Bygraves v Kitione Lave 1956

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  1. Unforgiven

    Unforgiven Obsessed with Boxing Full Member

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    Nice brief clips of the fight for the Britsh Empire title in 1956.



    Bygraves from a very tough fighter, a bit erratic but a very capable boxer on his good nights.
    Kitione Lave was a powerful Tongan puncher.
    Both were very popular fighters in Britain in the 1950s.
     
  2. William Walker

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    Too short to enjoy much, but a sweet find nonetheless.
     
  3. Unforgiven

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    Yes, I'm hoping more film of this is out there somewhere. And a lot more film of both these fighters.
    The after-the-final-bell exchange of punches was interesting though.
     
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  4. Unforgiven

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    I'm also looking for footage of Lave knocking out Don C0ckell.
     
  5. crixus85

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    Coincidentally Lave cropped up on the BBC’s The Repair Shop on 1st May, series 4, episode 23, still available on i player.
    His daughter took in 2 of his championship belts for restoration. Fantastic jobs done on them. No footage of him, but several photos.
    Interesting career.
    Lost to 2 world heavyweight challengers in McNeeley & London, but kayoed Don Coc.ell a year after the Marciano fight. Also knocked out, one Eddie Hearn in ‘55!
     
  6. Scottishbox10

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    I'm looking for Kition Lave memoribilia for my scrapbook .He boxed an exhibition on my great uncles card back in the 50s .Got the boxing news article great uncle win in a war .
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  7. Scottishbox10

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    The Tongan Terror Kitione Lave.
    Kitione Lave brought excitement to British rings in the 1950s

    One such man, who came over to the UK in 1955, was the heavyweight Kitione Lave, known to UK fight fans as “The Tongan Terror”, and to New Zealanders and Australians, where he had previously blazed a trail during 1953 and 1954, as “The Tongan Torpedo”.
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