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East Enders pay their respects to Jimmy Davis

PUBLISHED: 15:56 07 February 2008 | UPDATED: 11:07 13 July 2010

A REAL who s who of East End boxing attended the funeral of Jimmy Davis last week, writes Phil Ravitz. Davis, who died a fortnight ago at 81, fought the best in the business as a middleweight, including Randolph Turpin, whom he fought at the Seymour Hall,

A REAL who's who of East End boxing attended the funeral of Jimmy Davis last week, writes Phil Ravitz.

Davis, who died a fortnight ago at 81, fought the best in the business as a middleweight, including Randolph Turpin, whom he fought at the Seymour Hall, Marylebone, in January 1947.

He was an East Ender through and through, born in Bethnal Green and had a tough upbringing around Tower Hamlets and Hackney, where he was one of 10 children.

Davis went from school to work in the Spitalfields fruit and vegetable Market, where he worked for 40 years.

Among those he trained was Terry Spinks, the 1956 Olympic gold medallist.

Spinks, 70 next month, was in attendance at the funeral at Christ Church, Comm-ercial Road.

There was a large representation from LEBA (the London Ex-Boxers Association) including chairman Micky O'Sullivan, Johnny Kramer, Repton BC's Tony Burns and his son, promoter Tony Burns junior.

Leading trainer Tony Sims, who handles top prospect Darren Barker, was Davis' nephew and also attended, as did Boxing News columnist Richard Barber, who was also related to the late boxer.

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