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Cliff McWhirter
Born: April 19, 1913, London, ON
Died: July 2015
Discipline: Boxing
Years Active: 1932 - 1951
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Cliff McWhirter turned 93 on April 19, 2006 and truly, this member of the Canadian Boxing Hall of Fame has seen and done it all as a boxer, champion, trainer, manager, club operator and promoter in a career that spanned seven decades.
He fought mostly as a bantamweight but first took the Western Ontario featherweight title at age 14. Then followed 27 amateur bouts including winning the 1932 Golden Gloves in Cincinnati .
As a professional he won 136 matches, lost 17 and had four draws. He competed mostly in the United States but he also appeared as French-Canadian Babe Lavarre’. He also had the distinction of being the first boxer to win a match in Maple Leaf Gardens when it opened in 1927.
McWhirter, who retired from London Life in 1977, handled several outstanding boxers among them Irish Bob Flanagan and Gil Geekie. He also promoted cards at the old London Arena.
He is a lifetime member of the London Oldtimers Sports Association and resides at Extendicare London. He is our first inductee from the sport of boxing.