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British boxer, one of Britain's most exciting feather/lightweights of the 1930s.
Born in Clerkenwell - then London's Little Italy – Crowley, who was half Italian, turned pro in 1929.
He had to box 86 contests before he earned his first British title fight, against Nel Tarelton in 1934. Dave lost to the brilliant Liverpudlian but two years later, during a USA tour, he boxed a draw with reigning world featherweight champion, Mike Belloise, to earn a shot at Belloise's title. Unfortunately, Crowley was stopped in the ninth round of his world title bid and never received another shot; but he did become British lightweight champion in May 1938.
In 180 fights he boxed 34 times against men who at some stage were champions. Among them were world champions Jackie Brown, Panama Al Brown, Petey Sarron and Freddie Miller.His last fight was in January 1946.
This is a fine signature in blue ink on a 4.5" x 3.5" album page. In very good condition.