A SOLID silver trophy awarded to Widnes boxing legend Jack Stan-ner in 1935 for winning five Wembley fights on the same day is being sold by his family.
Auctioneers Rogers-Jones of Colwyn Bay will sell the trophy together with a small archive of photographs and press cuttings on Tuesday, April 24.
The lot is estimated at £1,000-£1,500. The trophy relates to the 'great white hope' championships held annually with promoters inviting contenders to make a name for themselves on an unofficial but national stage.
Six-footer Stanner later fought professionally but had been a 16-year-old amateur when he first qualified for the novices championship at heavyweight in 1934.
Although he was giving away two to three stone to more experienced boxers, his two-fisted approach took him through to the third series, losing to Archie Norman.
After a year's hard training and a warm-up fight with a lad called McCormack, who he knocked out in two rounds at the Borough Hall, Widnes, Stanner was ready for a second tilt at the 'title'.
The Lives and Times of Liverpool's Boxing Heroes, edited by Jim Jenkinson and Gary Shaw, records the event in Stanner's own words.
He said: 'All together, I had five fights that night and won the trophy by beating Zacky Nicholas, a protégé of Len Harvey, in the final.
'In one of the early rounds, I boxed George Davies, who scaled 20 stone and who came from Banbury. He had all the best quality kit, including a splendid scarlet dressing gown, whereas I scaled just 12 stone and wore plimsolls and rugby shorts.
'When Mr Burns (Stanner's trainer) saw the size of him, he advised me to make it quick or else be prepared for trouble, so I knocked him out in the first round with a body punch.'
On winning the trophy, Stanner was promised an American tour, but his father advised him to stick to his apprenticeship and he forfeited the trip.
Twelve months later, as a professional, Stanner won the Northern Area cruiserweight title by knocking out the holder, Jack Robinson of Nottingham, at Liverpool Stadium.
Stanner's last fight was in October 1937, when he was stopped in three rounds by the highly-rated Manchester docker Tom Reddington.
Stanner said: 'I developed a huge swelling behind my ear in this bout and was advised by the Board of Control doctor to take a long rest from the ring - at least 12 months.'
Stanner was aged just 20 when the Second World War broke out, ending his professional fight career.
Educated at the town's Warrington Road School, he found work as an apprentice fitter at Bowman's chemical works.
Stanner took up boxing as the result of what he described as a 'a deserved clip over the ear from a workmate, for giving him lip when I was a new and impetuous apprentice'.
By the time he made his first Wembley appearance, he had had only three amateur fights, all of which he won.
During the war, he became a bomb disposal expert with the Royal Engineers in Britain, India and Burma.
He later recalled: 'I have been in the three loneliest places in the world - the boxing ring, at the bottom of the ocean as a deep-sea diver (defusing mines) and at the bottom of an 8ft hole defusing a 1,000lb bomb - and survived to tell the tale.'
He remained in the army reserves until 1964 and retired from British Steel after 20 years' service following a stroke. He died three years later in 1984, aged 65.
The trophy is being sold by Stanner's son John, a former miner at Point of Ayr, now living in retirement in Prestatyn.
John Stanner, 68, said: 'I'm the last member of my family with the Stanner surname and I have no children.
'I've looked after it all these years but I've no-one to leave the trophy to, so I've decided now's the time to sell it.
'I'm really proud of my dad. At 20, he had achieved more than today's boxers achieve at 30.
'He was a good man but he was a hard man both physically and mentally.
'I hope the trophy goes to a boxing fan or a club or perhaps even a boxing museum who will look after it.'
* For details of the auction, phone Rogers-Jones on 01492 532176.