Walter McGowan

Walter McGowan
Statistics
Real name Walter McGowan
Weight(s) Flyweight
Nationality British
Born 13 October 1942
Hamilton, South Lanarkshire, Scotland
Died 15 February 2016(2016-02-15) (aged 73)
Monklands Hospital, Airdrie, North Lanarkshire
Stance Orthodox
Boxing record
Total fights 40
Wins 32
Wins by KO 14
Losses 7
Draws 1
No contests 0

Walter McGowan, MBE (13 October 1942 – 15 February 2016), was a Scottish boxer born in Hamilton, South Lanarkshire. He was known for having been the world flyweight champion (Lineal champion. Recognized by European Boxing Union, British Boxing Board of Control and The Ring).

He was the son of Thomas McGowan, who had boxed under the name of "Joe Gans".

He was a skillful boxer, who showed brilliant footwork and knew how to use the ring. However, he suffered throughout his career with cuts, often having fights stopped despite being ahead on points. Without this failing, he would have had an even more successful career.[citation needed]

Amateur career

McGowan was the 1961 ABA Flyweight Champion.

He suffered only two defeats in 124 amateur bouts.

Fought amateur David Ferguson for 3 rounds and only won on point decision.

Professional career

He had his first professional fight in August 1961 when he fought George McDade at the Kelvin Hall, Glasgow, winning by a technical knockout in the third round.

He lost his third fight to Jackie Brown on points, but then continued to build up an impressive list of wins. In his tenth fight he fought Jackie Brown for the British and Commonwealth flyweight titles. The fight was in May 1963 at the Ice rink, Paisley, and McGowan won by a knockout in the twelfth round.

In September 1963, he defended his Commonwealth title against Kid Solomon from Jamaica. The fight was in Paisley, and McGowan won by a technical knockout in the ninth round.

In April 1964, he challenged for the European flyweight title, held by Italian, Salvatore Burruni. The fight was held in the Olympic Stadium, Rome, and McGowan suffered the second defeat of his career, losing on points over fifteen rounds.

In December 1965, he stepped up a weight and challenged for the European bantamweight title, held by Italian, Tommaso Galli. The fight was again in Rome and ended as a draw after fifteen rounds.

In June 1966, he again fought Salvatore Burruni, this time for the world flyweight championship (lineal, EBU and The Ring),[1] which Burruni held. They met at the Empire Pool, Wembley, and McGowan won a fifteen-round points decision to gain that world title, despite sustaining a badly gashed eye in the seventh round. Cuts were to prove a major problem in his career.[2][3]

In September 1966, he fought Alan Rudkin at the Empire Pool, for the British and Commonwealth bantamweight titles that he held. McGowan scored another fifteen-round points win, despite suffering a cut eye in the tenth round.

In December 1966, he defended his world title against Chartchai Chionoi in Bangkok, Thailand. The Thai fighter won and took the title when McGowan suffered a badly cut nose in the ninth round, and the referee was forced to stop the fight.[4][5]

The two boxers had a re-match at the Empire Pool in September 1967, but again the Thai boxer won and kept his title, when cuts to both McGowan's eyes and his forehead caused the referee to stop the fight in the seventh.

In McGowan's next fight, in May 1968, he lost his British and Commonwealth bantamweight titles to Alan Rudkin. The fight was at Belle Vue, Manchester and Rukin won by a fifteen-round points decision.

McGowan fought six more fights, all against foreign boxers, winning them all, before retiring. His last fight was in November 1969 against Domenico Antonio Chiloiro.

Retirement

He became the first Scottish world-boxing champion to be so honoured when he was in the Queen's Birthday honours list in 1966.

He was inducted into the Scottish Sports Hall of Fame in 2002, alongside the likes of Scottish boxing great Ken Buchanan.

Later life and death

McGowan died at Monklands Hospital at Airdrie, North Lanarkshire on 15 February 2016.[6] He had been in poor health in his later years and was living in a nursing home in Bellshill, North Lanarkshire.

Professional boxing record

Professional record summary
40 fights 32 wins 7 losses
By knockout 14 4
By decision 18 3
Draws 1
No. Result Record Opponent Type Round Date Location Notes
40 Win 32–7–1 Italy Domenico Chiloiro PTS 8 Nov 11, 1969 United Kingdom Grosvenor House, Mayfair, London, England
39 Win 31–7–1 Italy Umberto Simbola PTS 8 Aug 13, 1969 Italy San Remo, Liguria, Italy
38 Win 30–7–1 France Michel Houdeau TKO 4 (10) Apr 28, 1969 United Kingdom Grosvenor House (World Sporting Club), Mayfair, London, England
37 Win 29–7–1 Algeria Messaoud Boussaboua PTS 8 Dec 17, 1968 United Kingdom Hotel Metropole Sporting Club, Brighton, Sussex, England
36 Win 28–7–1 France Marc Van Domme TKO 7 (10) Nov 26, 1968 United Kingdom Ulster Hall, Belfast, Northern Ireland
35 Win 27–7–1 France Gerard Macrez TKO 4 (8) Oct 23, 1968 United Kingdom Grosvenor House, Mayfair, London, England
34 Loss 26–7–1 United Kingdom Alan Rudkin PTS 15 May 13, 1968 United Kingdom King's Hall, Belle Vue, Manchester, Lancashire, England Lost BBBofC British Area and Commonwealth bantamweight titles
33 Loss 26–6–1 Thailand Chartchai Chionoi TKO 7 (15) Sep 19, 1967 United Kingdom Empire Pool, Wembley, London, England For WBC and The Ring flyweight titles
32 Win 26–5–1 France Antoine Porcel PTS 10 Jul 10, 1967 United Kingdom Grosvenor House (World Sporting Club), Mayfair, London, England
31 Win 25–5–1 France Giancarlo Centa PTS 8 May 10, 1967 United Kingdom Civic Hall (Midlands Sporting Club), Solihull, West Midlands, England
30 Win 24–5–1 Japan Isao Miyashita TKO 9 (15) Mar 15, 1967 United Kingdom Grosvenor House (World Sporting Club), Mayfair, London, England
29 Loss 23–5–1 Thailand Chartchai Chionoi TKO 9 (15) Dec 30, 1966 Thailand Kittikachorn Stadium, Bangkok, Thailand Lost The Ring flyweight title;
For vacant WBC flyweight title
28 Win 23–4–1 Spain Jose Bisbal TKO 5 (10) Nov 16, 1966 United Kingdom Grosvenor House (World Sporting Club), Mayfair, London, England
27 Win 22–4–1 United Kingdom Alan Rudkin PTS 15 Sep 6, 1966 United Kingdom Empire Pool, Wembley, London, England Won vacant BBBofC British Area and Commonwealth bantamweight titles
26 Win 21–4–1 Italy Salvatore Burruni PTS 15 Jun 14, 1966 United Kingdom Empire Pool, Wembley, London, England Won The Ring flyweight title
25 Win 20–4–1 Argentina Ernesto Miranda PTS 8 Mar 28, 1966 United Kingdom Grosvenor House (World Sporting Club), Mayfair, London, England
24 Win 19–4–1 Italy Nevio Carbi TKO 6 (10) Jan 6, 1966 United Kingdom Grosvenor House (World Sporting Club), Mayfair, London, England
23 Draw 18–4–1 Italy Tommaso Galli PTS 15 Dec 3, 1965 Italy Palazzetto dello Sport, Roma, Lazio, Italy For EBU bantamweight title
22 Loss 18–4 United States Ronnie Jones TKO 6 (10) Aug 20, 1965 United Kingdom Ice Rink, Paisley, Scotland
21 Loss 18–3 Mexico JosΓ© Medel TKO 6 (10) Jun 1, 1965 United Kingdom Empire Pool, Wembley, London, England
20 Win 18–2 Ghana Benny Lee PTS 10 Apr 23, 1965 Italy Palazzetto dello Sport, Roma, Lazio, Italy
19 Win 17–2 France Felix Said Brami PTS 10 Feb 23, 1965 United Kingdom Royal Albert Hall, Kensington, London, England
18 Win 16–2 United Kingdom Mick Hussey TKO 3 (10) Jan 20, 1965 United Kingdom Midlands Sporting Club, Solihull, West Midlands, England
17 Win 15–2 Spain Luis Rodriguez TKO 2 (10) Nov 25, 1964 United Kingdom Midlands Sporting Club, Solihull, West Midlands, England
16 Win 14–2 Dominican Republic Natalio Jimenez PTS 10 Sep 3, 1964 United Kingdom Ice Rink, Paisley, Scotland
15 Loss 13–2 Italy Salvatore Burruni PTS 15 Apr 24, 1964 Italy Stadio Olimpico, Roma, Lazio, Italy For EBU flyweight title
14 Win 13–1 Finland Risto Luukkonen PTS 10 Mar 4, 1964 United Kingdom Ice Rink, Paisley, Scotland
13 Win 12–1 Philippines Ric Magramo PTS 10 Nov 28, 1963 United Kingdom Ice Rink, Paisley, Scotland
12 Win 11–1 Jamaica Killer Solomon TKO 9 (15) Sep 12, 1963 United Kingdom Ice Rink, Paisley, Scotland Retained Commonwealth flyweight title
11 Win 10–1 United Kingdom Ray Perez TKO 9 (10) Jun 27, 1963 United Kingdom Ice Rink, Paisley, Scotland
10 Win 9–1 United Kingdom Jackie Brown KO 12 (15) May 2, 1963 United Kingdom Ice Rink, Paisley, Scotland Won BBBofC British Area and Commonwealth flyweight titles
9 Win 8–1 France Bernard Jubert PTS 8 Jan 31, 1963 United Kingdom Kelvin Hall, Glasgow, Scotland
8 Win 7–1 United States Ray Jutras TKO 6 (10) Nov 14, 1962 United Kingdom Kelvin Hall, Glasgow, Scotland
7 Win 6–1 France RenΓ© Libeer TKO 6 (10) Oct 16, 1962 United Kingdom Empire Pool, Wembley, London, England
6 Win 5–1 France Jacques Jacob KO 6 (10) Sep 20, 1962 United Kingdom Glasgow, Scotland
5 Win 4–1 United Kingdom Danny Lee PTS 8 Jun 14, 1962 United Kingdom Kelvin Hall, Glasgow, Scotland
4 Win 3–1 United Kingdom Brian Bissmire PTS 8 Dec 16, 1961 United Kingdom Kelvin Hall, Glasgow, Scotland
3 Loss 2–1 United Kingdom Jackie Brown PTS 8 Oct 25, 1961 United Kingdom Ice Rink, Paisley, Scotland For BBBofC Scottish Area flyweight title
2 Win 2–0 United Kingdom Eddie Barraclough PTS 8 Sep 22, 1961 United Kingdom Town Hall, Hamilton, Scotland
1 Win 1–0 United Kingdom George McDade TKO 3 (6) Aug 9, 1961 United Kingdom Kelvin Hall, Glasgow, Scotland

See also

References

  1. ^ "Walter McGowan – Lineal Flyweight Champion". The Cyber Boxing Zone Encyclopedia.
  2. ^ "McGowan Outpoints Burruni For World Flyweight Title". The New York Times. AP. 15 June 1966.
  3. ^ "McGowan not the (WBC) Champ!". Evening Times. (Glasgow, Scotland, Great Britain). 16 June 1966 – via Google News Newspaper Archive.
  4. ^ "Ring Results". Spokane Daily Chronicle. (Washington (state), United States). The Associated Press. 31 December 1966 – via Google News Newspaper Archive.
  5. ^ "Last Night's Fights". Youngstown Vindicator. (Ohio, United States). 31 December 1966 – via Google News Newspaper Archive.
  6. ^ "Former world flyweight champion Walter McGowan dies". BBC Sport.

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Achievements
Preceded by
Lineal Flyweight Champion
14 June 1966 – 30 December 1966
Succeeded by
World Flyweight Champion
(recognized by EBU & BBBofC)

14 June 1966 – 30 December 1966
The Ring Flyweight Champion
14 June 1966 – 30 December 1966

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