Mar 4, 2015
British Boxing Beefcake
But in Britain, you could always go to a boxing match, and see biceps and bulges as muscular guys punched, pounded, grabbed, hugged. It was a quasi-homoerotic ritual that millions of men watched every week.
Boxers became superstars, both for their prowess and their physique.
I like guys who are short, and British featherweight Dick Corbett (1908-1943) was only 5'4".
Actually, many of the early 20th century boxers never married. They were most comfortable in a masculine world of boxing rings and gyms.
Scottish light heavyweight Bert Gilroy (1918-1998) won 88 of 121 fights in a long career that lasted for 13 years, then retired to be a manager and trainer, spending the rest of his life near the ring.
Welsh boxer Johnny Basham (1890-1947), known as the Happy Wanderer, became the European welterweight champion.
Welterweight Brian Curvis (1937-2012) fought in the 1950s and 1960s, when awareness of gay identity made immersion in a male-only world suspect. He got married.
See also: Jerry Quarry, Boxer with Something Extra.