Jack Bodell: Former British, European & Commonwealth champion dies at 76

Jack Bodell
Jack Bodell won British, Commonwealth and European honours in 1971

Former British and European heavyweight champion Jack Bodell has died, aged 76.

The Derbyshire-born fighter won amateur honours at light-heavyweight and claimed the British heavyweight title as a professional in October 1969.

He lost the belt to Henry Cooper but won it back in 1971 when a victory over Joe Bugner also secured the Commonwealth and European titles.

His career ended in 1972 after 58 wins and 13 losses, and in later life he suffered with dementia.

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