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Gallery of the Gallant


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Gallery of the Gallant

Rules of admission: 1. A pugilist must be retired. 2. A pugilist must be deemed to have shown extraordinary gallantry in the prize ring by no less than eight tenths of the Royal Explorers Club voting membership. 3. A pugilist may be considered for five consecutive years following his retirement provided that he received support from at least one voting member in the year prior.


Class of 1775

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William Stevens 1757 - 1774
W22 / L4  2-time REC World Heavyweight Champion

Selected by 87.50% of balloting members on first ballot.

Williams held the REC World Title from 1761-1766 & 1769-1773

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Class of 1761

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Jack Slack 1743 - 1758
W28 / L2  3-time REC World Heavyweight Champion & English Champion

Selected by 100% of balloting members on first ballot.

Slack held the REC World Title from 1749-1752, 1753-1757 & 1758 as well as the English title from 1744-1748.

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Tom Smallwood 1741 - 1758
W24 / L6  2-time REC World Heavyweight Champion & English Champion

Selected by 85% of balloting members on first ballot.

Smallwood held the REC World Title from 1742-1746 and 1752-1753 as well as the English title in 1758.

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Class of 1751

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Barber George Taylor 1730 - 1738, 1745-1749
W25 / L3  REC World Heavyweight Champion & Welch Champion

Selected by 85.71% of balloting members on Second ballot.

Taylor held the REC World Title from 1746-1749 and held the Welch title from 1735-1746.

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Class of 1747

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Prince Benjamin Boswell 1733 - 1744
W19 / L4  2-Time REC World Heavyweight Champion

Selected by 87.50% of balloting members on fourth ballot.

Boswell held the REC World Title from 1740-1741 and 1742.

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Class 0f 1741

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Jack Broughton 1725 - 1741
W29 / L3  REC World and English Heavyweight Champion

Selected by 100.00% of balloting members on first ballot.

Broughton held the English title from 1728-1730 and the REC World Title from 1731 to 1740 making 17 defenses.

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Class of 1738

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Andrew Mac-Colley 1721 - 1735
W20 / L7  Irish Heavyweight Champion

Selected by 80.00% of balloting members on fourth ballot.

Mac-Colley held the Irish title from 1724 to 1734 and again in 1735 prior to retirement.

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Class of 1731

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James Figg 1714 - 1731
W24 / L2  REC World & English Heavyweight Champion

Selected by 100% of balloting members on first ballot.
Figg held the English title from 1715 to 1721 and from 1724 to 1726.

Figg held the REC World title from 1726 to 1731

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Class of 1725

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Timothy Buck 1700 - 1716
W23 / L4  English Heavyweight Champion

Selected by 91.67% of balloting members on first ballot.

Buck held the English title in 1707 and from 1708 to 1716.

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