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Joseph Patrick Bamford, better known by his ring name Jock McAvoy (20 November 1908 – 20 November 1971) was a British boxer who fought from 1927 to 1945. Bamford adopted the name Jock McAvoy so that his mother did not realise he was boxing. Initially discovered, trained and managed by Joseph Tolley at Tolley's famous Rochdale Boxing Club, reference the Rochdale thunder bolt. During his career he held the British and Commonwealth middleweight titles. McAvoy's bid to capture the European middleweight crown was derailed when he lost a unanimous decision to future world middleweight champion Marcel Thil of France in Paris on 15 January 1935. In 1935 McAvoy travelled to the United States of America, where he outpointed Al McCoy in November. On 21 December 1935, McAvoy was matched against the World Middleweight boxing champion, Ed 'Babe' Risko at Madison Square Garden in a non-title bout. McAvoy, who outweighed his opponent by seven pounds floored Risko with a right to the jaw in the opening seconds. Risko was dropped five more times in the first round before being knocked out in 2:48.[1] McAvoy had performed too well for his own good, and boxing politics being what they were, McAvoy was never allowed a rematch with the title at stake. McAvoy then decided to campaign as a light heavyweight in the United States. In November 1935 he made his debut in America, and won two fights in February 1936 before obtaining a title shot against world champion John Henry Lewis at Madison Square Garden in New York. On 13 March 1936 he was outpointed over 15 rounds by Lewis. After his unsuccessful bid to capture the light heavyweight crown, McAvoy returned to England, and his next fight was for the British and British Empire heavyweight titles held by Welshman, Jack Petersen. Petersen won the fifteen round fight on points. His most important bouts thereafter were against Len Harvey, who outpointed him twice over 15 rounds at Harringay Arena, and future Light Heavyweight world champion Freddie Mills, who beat him on points and forced him to retire in the re-match with an injured back. In 1951 he was stricken with polio and used a wheelchair for the rest of his life. McAvoy passed away on November 7, 1971. Offered here is a scarce ink signature on paper of Jock McAvoy.
This is a bold, fountain pen signature on blank white paper. Not creased or torn. Clean front and back. Scarce signature. 2 1/2" x 3 3/4."

Size: 2 1/2 x 3 3/4

Condition: excellent