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Jackie Paterson


Jackie Paterson

Jackie Paterson
Rated at Flyweight & Bantamweight
Nationality British
Born 5 September 1920
Springside, Ayrshire, Scotland
Died 19 November 1966
Natal, South Africa
Stance Southpaw
Boxing record
Total fights 92
Wins 64
Wins by KO 41
Losses 25
Draws 3
No contests 0

Jackie Paterson (5 September 1920, Springside, Ayrshire - 19 November 1966) was a Scottish boxer who was world flyweight boxing champion. He was also British champion at flyweight and bantamweight.

Early life

Paterson’s family emigrated from Scotland, when he was eight years old, to Scranton, Pennsylvania. He returned to Scotland in his early teens to work at John Brown & Co, shipbuilders on the Clyde. He later worked as a butcher. When he was thirteen, he joined the Anderson Club in Glasgow and began to box as an amateur. He turned professional when he was seventeen.

Boxing style

Paterson was a southpaw with a knockout punch in either hand, his most lethal weapon being his left hook. He was comparatively broadly built for a flyweight, and often struggled to make the eight stone flyweight limit. In the latter stages of his career, he fought as a bantamweight.

Pro career

Paterson's first fight was in May 1938 in Greenock, and he beat Joe Kiely on points over ten rounds.

In his nineteenth fight he won the vacant British flyweight title, beating Paddy Ryan by a knockout in the thirteenth round. The fight was in September 1939, in Glasgow.

With the outbreak of World War II, Paterson joined the RAF, but continued to box regularly throughout the war years.

In March 1940, he added the vacant Commonwealth title to his British one, when he won on points against Richie Kid Tanner in Manchester.

In February 1941, he defended both titles against Paddy Ryan in Nottingham, winning on a technical knockout in the eighth.

In August 1941, he had a shot at the Commonwealth bantamweight title, when he fought holder Jim Brady in Glasgow. However, he lost on points over fifteen rounds.

World title

In June 1943, Paterson fought against the World flyweight champion, Peter Kane, from Golborne in Lancashire. The title fight, held at Hampden Park in Glasgow, lasted only a minute, as Paterson caught Kane early in the first round putting him down twice, before he was counted out the second time. Paterson was the first southpaw to be world flyweight champion. By successfully defending his British flyweight title twice he had also won a Lonsdale Belt outright.

In September 1945, Paterson had a re-match with Jim Brady for his Commonwealth bantamweight title, beating him on points in Glasgow, to take the title.

In March 1946, he fought the Frenchman, Theo Medina, for the vacant European bantamweight title. He won the fight, in London on a disqualification in the eighth. Paterson was now World, British and Commonwealth flyweight champion, as well as Commonwealth and European bantamweight champion.

In July 1946, he defended his flyweight titles against Joe Curran in Glasgow, winning on points.

In October 1946, Paterson defended his European bantamweight title against Theo Medina, again in Glasgow. He lost the title when Medina knocked him out in the fourth round.

In February 1947, he challenged for the British bantamweight title, held by Johnny King. They fought in King’s hometown of Manchester, and Paterson knocked King out in the seventh after putting him down four times in the fight.

In October 1947, he defended his British and Commonwealth bantamweight titles against Welshman, Norman Lewis, at Harringay Arena, London. He scored another knockout, stopping Lewis in the fifth.

Stripped of World title

Paterson was finding it more and more difficult to make the eight stone flyweight limit. In July 1947, he was due to defend his World flyweight title against Dado Marino, but collapsed at the weigh-in after making over-strenuous efforts to lose weight. The result was that the National Boxing Association of America and the British Boxing Board of Control stripped him of his World title. Rinty Monaghan of Northern Ireland fought and beat Marino to take the World title, but Paterson took out an injunction against the BBBC to prevent it from recognising Monaghan as champion.

Eventually, in March 1948, Paterson and Monaghan met in Belfast to decide the matter. Paterson had to lose 4 lbs 12 oz in a week in order to meet the eight stone limit. As a result he was dehydrated and weakened. Monaghan knocked him down in the second round and finally knocked him out in the seventh, to take the World, British and Commonwealth titles from him.

Remaining career

After losing his flyweight titles to Monaghan, Paterson still held the British and Commonwealth bantamweight titles. However his career was going downhill rapidly.

In March 1949, he defended his titles in Liverpool against Stan Rowan, losing on points over fifteen rounds.

His final twelve fights resulted in nine defeats and only three wins. His last fight was in February 1951, in Dundee and was an eight-round points defeat by Willie Miles.

Retirement and death

In his professional career Paterson had earned an estimated £100,000, but had lost most of that on greyhound betting.

After retiring, he went to live in South Africa for several years, running hotels. He briefly came back to Britain, but returned to South Africa in December 1965 and began working as a lorry driver in Durban. In 1966, Paterson was stabbed in the throat during a fight after a drinking session, and died at the age of 46.[1]

See also

Preceded by
Peter Kane
World Flyweight Champion
19 June 1943 – 23 March 1948
Succeeded by
Rinty Monaghan


  • Maurice Golesworthy, Encyclopaedia of Boxing (Eighth Edition) (1988), Robert Hale Limited, ISBN 0-7090-3323-0

External links

  • Jackie Paterson: World Champion 1943 BBC - A Sporting Nation
  • BoxRec

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