Boxing Fame for Denaby “Terrier”

March 1939

Mexborough and Swinton Times, March 24.

Boxing Fame.
For Denaby “Terrier”
Fought in London Championships.

Army boxing Fame has been brought to Denaby by a 25-year-old Denaby boxer, Lance Sgt Clarence, Botwood, a member of “B” (Denaby) Company of the fifth battalion K.O.Y.L.I. who this year, for the second successive year, has had the honour of appearing at the Army and Territorial Army individual boxing championship and semi-finals at the Albert Hall, London. The championships were held at the beginning of this month, and Botwood was, this year, the only representative of the Battalion.

An interesting feature of Botwood´s promising career is that his first lessons were given to him by his father, Mr Horace Botwood, Barnsley Avenue, Conanby, Conisborough, who trained him with such success that he won the fifth battalion K.O.Y.L.I. Rose Bowl, one of the most coveted awards, in 1931, when he was a lightweight.

Miner at Cadeby.

Botwood, who resides in Barnburgh Street, Denaby, and is a miner at Cadeby Colliery, Conisborough, received valuable experience at the annual Territorial camps he has attended from the time of his enlistment at the age of 18, and after winning many smaller trophies – his home is well supplied with timepieces – he won the Brigade championship at Sheffield as a middleweight last year, and followed up that success by winning the Divisional Championship at Halifax in the same year.

Reached the Semi Finals.

These victories earned him the right to appear for the first time at the Albert Hall annual contest last year, but he was narrowly defeated. This year, he again won the Brigade championship at Sheffield, and the Divisional championship at Leeds, and at the Albert Hall this month, he reached the semi-finals of the middleweight championship, but was defeated by a small margin of points by Gunner R.Elliott, of the 91st Field Brigade (London Regiment)

Botwood, who scales at 10 stone 6 pounds, and three other boxers, represented the 49th division, and were in front on the points right up to the semi-finals, but each boxer was unsuccessful at that stage.