SNIPPET

Did you know that before the second world war [1939] the HMS Ganges boxing championships, whether inter-Divisional or inter-Command, carried some pretty peculiar titles, which related to height and weight ?

You will recall from your days at Ganges that some boy's were very tiny in height and carried very frail frames.  No boy was ever in the heavyweight bracket.

Today, amateur boxing has eleven weight levels, but back in 1938, Ganges, adhering to the pre-war Amateur Boxing Association Rules but not to weight divisions, had just seven levels.

Here, for interest only, is a little table.

WEIGHT DIVISIONS [GANGES] BOYS kG lbs STONES WEIGHT DIVISIONS [ABA] MEN kG lbs STONES
Midge Weight 44.5 98 7.00 Light Flyweight 48.0 106 7.50
Mosquito Weight 48.0 106 7.50 Flyweight 51.0 112 8.00
Flyweight 51.0 112 8.00 Bantamweight 54.0 119 8.50
Bantamweight 54.0 119 8.50 Featherweight 57.0 126 9.00
Featherweight 57.0 126 9.00 Lightweight 60.0 132 9.50
Welterweight 60.0 132 9.50 Light Welterweight 64.0 141 10.00
Middleweight 64 141 10.00 Welterweight 69.0 152 10.80
        Middleweight 75.0 165 11.80
        Light Heavyweight 81.0 179 12.80
        Heavyweight 91.0 201 14.36
        Super Heavyweight 91.0+ 201+ 14.36+