Toy Bulldog: The Fighting Life and Times of Mickey Walker

By John Jarret

This can be a cradle-to-grave biography of Mickey Walker, former welterweight (1922-1926) and middleweight champion (1926-1931) of the realm, one of many maximum warring parties in ring background. He fought at a time whilst boxing was once an immense recreation with merely 8 championships, and he held of them over a nine-year interval. He fought at a time while every one weight department used to be jammed with solid warring parties, and he fought all of them from welterweight as much as heavyweight, usually being outweighed 20 to 30 kilos. Walker was once additionally an excellent character who enjoyed existence and lived it to the fullest. He used to be married seven occasions to 4 various girls, and he cavorted with motion picture stars and mobsters. while his boxing profession led to 1935, Walker ran saloons in quite a few destinations and at last turned an artist of a few status. He died in 1981 at age seventy nine.

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