Richard Winterton to Auction Joe Attwood Boxing Memorabilia


The Welter-weight Boxer Joe Attwood (1890-1975) is a Black Country sporting legend who could hold his own in any fistic company – from a bar room brawl to the London Sporting Club.

He spent his early days in fairground boxing booths before becoming a professional. All turned sour when he was accused of throwing a fight and was chased down the street. He fled to Canada where he joined the WWI forces. His boxing career was outstanding with 131 bouts, 102 wins, drew 10 and lost 16. Despite his success and world travels, Joe’s roots remained in his hometown of Halesowen, and always longed to see his ‘old cronies’.

A large collection of personal memorabilia belonging to Joe Attwood has recently been discovered at a valuation day in Walsall by Richard Winterton. This includes his notorious boxing gloves and medals such as his first Welter Weight medal from Paris 1919, a 1918 gold Winners medal, his WWI War and Victory medals and a WWI City of Welland gold medal. The haul also comprises his 1922 license card to fight in New York, numerous photographs, programmes and ephemera.

The collection is being offered for public auction as Lot 450 in Richard Winterton’s three day Antique, Twentieth Century & Collectors’ Sale on 28th/ 29th & 30th September at The Lichfield Auction Centre. The sale is being filmed for ITV’s ‘Dickinson’s Real Deal’. The preview is Wednesday 28th from 11am to 6.30pm, (silver & jewellery auction at 5pm), Thursday 29th from 9am (ceramics & collectables sale at 10am) and 30th from 9am (furniture sale at 10am). The illustrated catalogue can be viewed online at

For further details contact the Richard Winterton Auctioneers on 01543 251081.

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