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Eastbourne champion boxer's belt goes under hammer

A commemorative belt given to boxer Don Cockell in 1953 is being auctioned in Eastbourne.

Cockell, who trained at the Kings Arms pub in the East Sussex town, received the belt from Boxing News when he became heavyweight champion of the British Empire.

He had been voted the fighter who had done the most for British boxing.

He went on to fight Rocky Marciano for the world title in San Francisco in 1955, but lost in the ninth round of a bruising contest with the undefeated champ.

  • 10 Jun 2013