Does anyone know if anything will be done for to remember Benny during the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow? The event has a boxing tournament included, surely a great opportunity to honour of finest boxing hero?
Glenn Alistair Elder – Glasgow, Scotland
April 14, 2012 - 20:31
My Grandfather John "Puggy" Morgan - trained Lynch at the time of his World title fights, (he is the man all dressed in white you see jumping into the ring at the end of the fights on the old newsreel films) his omission , here, appears rather odd. Fortunately, I have many photographs of Puggy with Benny, often these are a training camps in the Campsies or running in Cathkin Braes. Copies of some of these photos now reside in the 'Famous Glaswegians' section in the upper floor of The People's Palace Museum, in Glasgow Green only a few minutes walk from Benny's birth place..
Sharon Lynch Howard – Toronto
April 03, 2012 - 17:39
Happy 99th Birthday Granda, always in our thoughts and prayers
grace mckinnon – glasgow
March 19, 2012 - 04:58
my dad has always mentioned to me that i was related to benny lynch so i thought i would google it and ive found this page can anyone help me out?
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April 02, 2012 - 05:15
I am his Grand daughter ....Have never heard that you are related to him...sorry
your last name was not ever mentioned from my family
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Josephine – Glasgow
May 17, 2012 - 11:06
I've been working on my family tree, and Benny Lynch is in it as he was a first cousin of my gran, Rose Mullan (Lynch). If you want to provide me with details of your dad or his parents I'll be happy to see if I can find anything for them.
Theresa, if you are interested in providing me with information to help with my family tree, that would be great, or if there's anything you think I can help you with if you're doing a family tree, please let me know.
ann fullerton – picton ontario canada
March 11, 2012 - 01:31
My Dad's name was James (Jimmy) Fullerton. He often spoke of Benny Lynch, he knew him before he became famous and thought highly of him My dad was a boxer in the army and boxed at the Glasgow Green.
Francis Lynch – England
February 15, 2012 - 21:57
I remember my father John Lynch talking about him when I was a wee boy. My father grew up in Glasgow in Crown St in the Gorbals. They would have been about the same age as my dad was born in 1914. They may have been related, i just dont know enough to say either way. All I can say is dad said he was a great boxer, and an inspiration to all the boys growing up in Glasgow. I would have loved to see him box......a true legend from what I have been told
Paul Dixon – Lancaster
February 13, 2012 - 21:14
I had heard so much about Benny Lynch from my older peers so i decided to read up on him. What a tragic end to a man with such talent,heart and bravery and with such a monumental boxing record. Would have been a world superstar today, no doubt. So sad
kay – spain
February 03, 2012 - 11:32
Benny's is a sad story.
Joe Ritchie – uk.
January 05, 2012 - 17:38
i have been told by my brother that my alleged grandfather was one of Bennys corner men, i am waiting for verification from a family member, does anyone know of any details of these guys ,the corner men Benny had, just for my own curiosity of course, ty, joe
December 24, 2011 - 11:23
In my view Benny is the best flyweight ever and could have ruled the bantamweight division too. He'll never be forgotten by fight fans and ex-fighters such as myself from all over the world. He is a Great Briton !!!!!
December 14, 2011 - 23:38
Been coming to this site for a few years now. Touched every time I visit. I haven't read all 201 comments however I'm sure there's been calls for a movie to be made or even a statue to be erected there was a recent neon sign put up on an old tenement in the Gorbals but it has since been removed. Surely if we all grouped together we could make something happen e-mail me on firstname.lastname@example.org if you're willing to take action.
david edmondson – kendal cumbria
October 29, 2011 - 08:37
benny lynch without doubt with howard winstone and ken buchanon was the greatest there will ever be within the boxing ring from the british isles
a tregedy indeed but nonetheless let this take nothing away from the brilliant boxer benny was david edmondson
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Phil – Tinton Falls, New Jersey, USA
April 09, 2012 - 16:42
The Great Scottish Flyweight: Benny Lynch. Was He the Best Boxing Brit Ever?
The greatest has Flyweight of all-time is generally touted as the Welshmen Jimmy Wilde whose KO record is staggering for any weight class, but especially eye popping for a Flyweight. Other great British Boxers that must be rated ahead of Benny Lynch include the undefeated Joe Calzaghe, wbleepedeasily had the fastest hands of his Era in any division. Calzaghe lightening quick fists combined with the voluminous punch out that was of elite accuracy make him arguably the Greatest Light heavyweight of All-Time. Kenny Buchanan was a Boxing master wbleepedgreatest asset was his amazing foot speed in the ring that he utilized to its fullest degree by his constant pendulum antics, back & fourth left and right, seeking opening while making him a very difficult target to hit. He of course was an accurate punch with good head movement, a fast nifty jab, He also was terrific with a classic one-two, jab /cross combination that is elementary but very difficult to execute with the effect intended, which Buchanan had excelled at. Had he not been fouled and mauled relentlessly by Roberto Duran, a second bout would have been compelling, with a Referee wbleepedwas of a higher grade than Tony LoBianco. If Buchanan had a ref wbleepedwasn't so tolerant of the dirty tactics of Duran, certainly British Buchanan, as he was known in his day, would have had a much better chance of prevailing, but quite honestly, I do not think he was as good as Duran. The only Lightweight I think better than Duran was probably the immortal Benny Leonard. Benny Lynch, but for, his chronic Alcoholism, would have definitely exceeded his already great ring achievements. If Lynch was more dedicated, and eschewed alcohol, and instead, had not been afflicted with the cursed disease, his performances may very well have brought him to the pinnacle of the sport, but now, it cannot be realistically argued that Lynch was neither the best British Flyweight, as certainly that status was earned by the indomitable Jimmy Wilde.
Margaret Brown – Rutherglen
October 18, 2011 - 15:18
I remember my Uncle talking about Benny, he was a boxer too & I am almost sure he fought Benny Lynch. His name was Owen Durkin, and he often spoke of Charlie Kerr. He was I think a promoter.
gary weightman – geriston
October 10, 2011 - 20:13
im looking for a boxing jim that is not to dear to take my boys and my self to train
Ian Adlington – London
September 23, 2011 - 21:56
I have a post card photo of BL signed with world champion written on and dated 7-2-38. Also and autograph book with two entries as follows: "Will lots of Gus Hart Trainer of Benny Lynch 7-2-38". the second entry is as follows: "yours aye" Benny Lynch Worlds' Champion 7-2-38
My father was a fan and I believe he obtained these. He died in 1965 and my mother has just passed them on to me.
The 'Gus Hart' bit looks like a signature so appears to be his trainer. If anyone is interested I could scan them in.
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george blair – glasgow
March 13, 2012 - 12:52
thanks very much
O'Cahan – Derry
September 16, 2011 - 11:21
I often wonder how Benny would have performed in present day... I have no doubt he would have ruled the flyweight division as he did in the 30s...would undoubtably moved up and won world titles at 3 weights.
Being from Derry, thats where his parents departed from to settle in Glasgow. The town land where they lived Iskaheen Co. Donegal is only about 6/7 miles from Derry.
May the legend that is Benny Lynch live on for ever.
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Phil Matsikoudis – Tinton Falls, NJ, USA
April 09, 2012 - 19:19
HOW WOULD BENNY LYNCH FARE IN THE FLYWEIGHT DIVISION IN 2012?
Benny Lynch (known as “OUR BENNY” would hold his own in any ERA without question. In fact, it cannot be ruled out that he wouldn't have been the World Champion in any ERA, especially sans Alcohol. Certainly if he were around today, his chances of a recovery would at the very least been greater of being cured as the awareness and treatment of the Alcoholism disease has dramatically improved, however, there's no guarantee of recovery as the proof of the waste of the extremely talented Scott Harrison unfortunately show. Harrison never realized his wealth of his ample talents due to his alcoholism. What should have been a career of historic proportions, but he clearly should have achieved so much more.
I have studied Boxing for many decades and in my opinion I believe that Benny Lynch was most definitely in Nonito Donaire's class. As such, his chances to being ranked the overall #1 Flyweight are very likely, especially with Donaire's rising in weight. Lynch dominated the division during his era due to his terrific power punching, which was enhanced with tremendous timing. Overall, Lynch had prolific skills with nary a weakness in the ring, only outside of it. Inside the squared circle he had no equal during his reign. His destruction of English Champion Jackie Brown is still regarded as one of the most impressive of Flyweight World Championship bouts as Lynch totally dominated Brown by knocking him to the canvas 8 times in two rounds. Brown had ruled the division for 3 years, when there was only one Champion. Lynch obtained the opportunity by fighting Jackie Brown to a 12 round draw 6 months before demolishing Brown in Manchester, England, in the battle for the Crown. Back in his day, as today, there was a segment that believed that Brown wasn't the best Flyweight despite his hold on the linear Championship. Many argued that the great Philippine, Small Montana was in truth the world's best Flyweight. Unlike today with Floyd Mayweather's obvious ducking of the world's best Philippine, Lynch quickly gave Montana an opportunity to prove his backer's arguments. Lynch met the highly touted Philippine in London in less than a year from conquering Jackie Brown's Crown in September of 1935 and defended against Small Montana in March of 1937 with a decision victory. Before the year was out Lynch successfully took on the next best challenger by defeating England's highly touted Peter Kane. It was the following year of 1938 that his battle with the bottle began. A battle he sadly didn’t win. Nevertheless, Lynch's greatness will forever be acknowledged. He is still ranked by Ring Magazine as the Greatest Scottish Champion in history. I think it's more than fair to say that Lynch would undoubtedly, and would probably be not only a Flyweight Title Holder, but vie for overall best pound-for-pound Boxer if he were reincarnated and engaged in Boxing today. Lynch reasonably would have a very good chance of defeating today's best Flyweights, including the great Nonito Donaire, Pongsaklek Wongjongkam, Koki Kameda, Vic Darchinyan and/or any other world class Flyweight active in 2012.
I will have been just 3 months old when Benny Lynch drew with Jackie Brown. Coming as I do ,from Birkenhead with its proud boxing tradition, thanks to the likes of the late Johnnie Campbell and his team of scrappers-Pat and Les McAteer, Wally Thom ,Joe Bygraves, and others. Boxing has always been a big interest in my life. Benny Lynch was one of the names that were often mentioned in our home. It was always done with the respect due to a boxer of his ability and achievment. I came upon this site as I searched the internet looking for info. on the Birkenhead scrappers that I have mentioned above. Then I remembered others. First Rinty Monaghan. Then the name of the great Benny Lynch came to mind, and from that, I came upon this wonderful site.What a pleasure it has been to read the Guestbook comments about a man, whose memory is still alive and well, in so many peoples memory as his is today.65 years after his death. He is well worthy of it. Thanks especially to Martin Smith for having set up this site. I shall be reading long into the night. I have never seen a site so full of personal memories .
Thanks to everyone, for sharing those memories. R.I.P Benny Lynch, small in stature, but a giant of a man in every other way.
David Lynch – London
May 23, 2011 - 14:15
A true legend,
I remember his name in our house since the early 1950's, my late father was born in Ireland Co. Cork 1914 about the same age as Benny always mentioned him and the memory has always stuck with me,
God Bless him
thomas toner – west yorkshire
May 09, 2011 - 16:53
I have an original photo of benny lynch and his father.His father is seated and he is standing.This was passed to me by my father was also a boxer.