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The Repair Workshop’s experts marvel at the 100-year-old trophy belonging to Larry Gains

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The Repair Workshop experts were amazed at the silver trophy belonging to heavyweight Larry Gains, the first black boxer to fight at the Royal Albert Hall.

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The 100-year-old trophy is dented, stained and tarnished, but is a treasured family legacy.

The silver trophy went to heavyweight Larry Gains, the first black boxer to fight at the Royal Albert Hall.

Larry won it as the Canadian amateur champion in 1922, a year before he turned pro and emigrated to Great Britain.

Granddaughter Janie Davis, 73, said: “It represents all the obstacles and prejudices that the grandfather overcame.”

Janie and grandson Paul Simmons, 34, went to the BBC Repair Shop to get the trophy repaired and presenter Jay Blades and silversmith Brenton West were enamored with Larry’s life story.






Janie and grandson Paul Simmons, 34, went to the BBC Repair Shop to have the trophy repaired

He started boxing at the age of 20 in 1920 and went to England, on a cattle ship, to develop his career.

It took him around the world and he fell in love with Liza, 16, of Cologne, Germany. They married and settled in Leicester and later Shoeburyness, Essex.

Larry joined the Army as a physical trainer in 1939 and served as a sergeant in the Royal Pioneer Corps in the Middle East. He died of a heart attack in 1984 but Liza lived to her 90s.






Larry joined the Army as a physical trainer in 1939





Larry won it as the Canadian amateur champion in 1922

Janie, a retired hairdresser in South West London, said: “Grandpa was a smart and lovely man. He made a lot of money. Nan once told me they would stay in luxury hotels and she would buy fox fur.”

As black, Larry was only allowed to fight for the black heavyweight world championship. Paul said: “It was really shocking. It’s unfair that he can’t be world champion.”

Janie and Paul were stunned by the restoration of the trophy. “It has a proud place on our jacket,” says Janie.

Repair shop, BBC1, 3:45pm.

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