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Wartime boxing

Wartime boxing

During the First and Second world wars, boxing tournaments were organised for members of the armed forces. New Zealanders fought one another and also members of the different Allied forces. This is a featherweight bout at the New Zealand Division boxing championships held in Syria in June 1942. These tournaments drew big crowds of soldiers.

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Alexander Turnbull Library, War History Collection (PAColl-4161)
Reference: DA-02525
Photograph by Harold Gear Paton

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Joseph Romanos, 'Boxing and wrestling - Amateur boxing', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 7 December 2023)

Story by Joseph Romanos, published 5 Sep 2013, updated 1 Jan 2015