Boxing legend Brian London to be honored with Blackpool medal


Blackpool boxing legend Brian London will posthumously receive the Blackpool Medal in recognition of his contribution to the city.

Councilors unanimously supported the calls for the honor to be bestowed on Brian, who died on June 23 at the age of 87 after a long illness.

Councilor Tony Williams said at a full board meeting: “I think Brian London has been greatly overlooked in Blackpool in the past for his service to the sport and as an entrepreneur.

“He never said a bad word about Blackpool. In all his interviews he talked about Blackpool and promoted Blackpool.

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“I would always like to see a plaque somewhere and I’m going to talk to the heritage folks to see if we can get something outside of his house, maybe a blue plaque.”

Brian, who was nicknamed the Blackpool Rock, was the Briton and
Commonwealth heavyweight champion from 1958 to 1959 and famous fight against Muhammad Ali in 1966 for the world title.

Although born in Hartlepool, he lived in Blackpool from the age of 16 and after retiring from boxing he owned the 007 nightclub.

It was also agreed to present the medal to former councilors Peter Callow and Lily Henderson, both of whom passed away last year, and a special council meeting will be held to bestow the honors.

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