Today In History: Roy Ankrah Wins British Empire Featherweight Crown


Roy “The Black Flash” Ankrah (25 December 1925 – 28 May 1995) was a Ghanaian professional feather/super feather/lightweight boxer of the 1940s, ’50s and ’60s who won the Gold Coast flyweight title, Gold Coast bantamweight title, Gold Coast featherweight title, Gold Coast lightweight title, Gold Coast welterweight title, and British Empire super featherweight title on April 30, 1951 by defeating Ronnie Clayton at Empress Hall, Earl’s Court London.

His professional fighting weight varied from 121 1⁄2 lb (55.1 kg; 8 st 9.5 lb), i.e. featherweight to 128 3⁄4 lb (58.4 kg; 9 st 2.8 lb), i.e. lightweight.

Ankrah turned professional in the Gold Coast in 1941 with an official professional record of 34 wins and 7 defeats.

He then made his début in Great Britain in 1950 on the recommendation of Freddie Mills, he recorded 10 further wins before losing to Jimmy Murray on a foul. He later worked with Ghana’s boxing squads for the Olympic Games and Commonwealth Games.

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