Brother of legendary Doncaster heavweight boxing champion dies

Malcolm Woodcock and Bruce Woodcock (right) training together in Balby in the 1940s.
Malcolm Woodcock and Bruce Woodcock (right) training together in Balby in the 1940s.
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The brother of a legendary Doncaster heavyweight boxing champion has died.

Malcolm Woodcock, the brother of the town's former British heavyweight champ Bruce Woodcock, died last month at the age of 94.

Mr Woodcock was a boxer himself and boxed under the name of Billy Carroll during his career from 1946 to 1952. He also trained amateur boxers for 25 years at Elmfield House.

The former fighter, formerly of Balby and Scawthorpe, died on April 25 at Dawood House in Bentley.

A private cremation will take place followed by a memorial service at St Peter's Church, Warmsworth (The White Church) at noon on May 18.

His brother Bruce, who died in 1997 at the age of 76, held the British and Empire heavyweight titles from 1945 to 1950, and was the European heavyweight champion from 1946-1949. He also fought unsuccessfully for a World title in 1950.

Both brothers were trained during their early years by their father, a former British Army lightweight champion.

In July 1945, at White Hart Lane, Tottenham, Brcue defeated the current champion Jack London to take the British and Empire heavyweight tiles and in September 1945, he was ranked third in the world by The Ring magazine.