Statue unveiled of boxing legend Teddy Baldock

By Rob Virtue on May 22, 2014 8:00 AM |

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Hundreds gathered last Friday to see the unveiling of a statue marking the achievements of Britain's boxing world champion.

East Londoner Teddy Baldock, nicknamed the Pride of Poplar, lifted the belt 87 years ago.

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Grandson Martin Sax raised tens of thousands for the bronze sculpture to be made for the site next to Langdon Park DLR station.

Martin said: "Teddy was the hero of British sport when he fought Archie Bell on May 5, 1927, for the vacant world bantamweight championship. He was only 19 and was Britain's youngest ever world boxing champion.

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"Tragically when he passed away only a handful of people attended his funeral. He was a forgotten champion, a forgotten sportsman.

"To have all you people turn up is a fitting tribute to my grandfather and I'm sure if he's looking down now he'll be proud."

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