Randolph Turpin
(1928-1966)

Died aged 37

Randolph Adolphus Turpin (7 June 1928 – 17 May 1966), better known as Randolph Turpin, and in the United States also as Randy Turpin, was an English boxer who was considered by some to be Europe's best middleweight boxer of the 1940s and 1950s. In 1951 he became world middleweight champion when he defeated Sugar Ray Robinson. Turpin was inducted into the International Boxing Hall Of Fame in 2001.

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Commemorated on 3 plaques

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In honour of Randolph Adolphus Turpin (1928-1966) Middleweight Champion of the World 1951. In Palace, Pub and Parlour, the Whole of Britain Held it's Breath. Celer Et Audax.

Market Place, Warwick, United Kingdom where they lived near

Randolph's father was from Guyana and invalided to Warwick from the battle fields of the Great War. He married a local girl. Randolph was born in nearby Leamington Spa. The Turpin family moved back to Warwick when Randolph was small. He attended Westgate School and trained in a Warwick gymnasium. After a glittering amateur career, Randolph served with the Royal Navy. His finest hour as a professional boxer came when he dramatically out-fought the legendary American middleweight Sugar Ray Robinson, to become Britain's first black World Champion. In 2001 Randolph Turpin was posthumously inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame in recognition of his outstanding achievements in the ring.

Market Place, Warwick, United Kingdom where they lived near

Randolph Turpin 1928-1966 World Middleweight Boxing Champion 1951 born and lived here

6 Willes Road, Leamington Spa, United Kingdom where they was born (1928) and lived