Harry Perry

Vikt: Weltervikt
Professionell: Nej
Motståndare Klubb/nation Resultat Ort, Land Datum Tävling Kommentar
2 Stig Waltersson BK Akilles 3 - 0 Nyköping 1958-10-05
1 Helge Lundin Upsala IF W Dublin, IRL 1957-03-08
Sammanfattande statistik

Irland. British Railways Boxing Club.

9 x irlänsk mästare
1959 EM-Brons.

Deltog på OS 1956 i Melbourne och 1960 i Rom.


By Patrick Myler

Harry Perry – One of the all-time greats of Irish amateur boxing died after a long illness in his native city of Dublin on January 22, 2021 at age 86. In a career comprising around 300 fights, he was nine times an Irish champion from featherweight to welterweight, represented his country in two Olympic Games and won a bronze medal in the European amateur championships in 1959. Perry made an impressive entry into senior ranks while still a 17-year-old college student by capturing the Irish featherweight title in 1952. Lauded as a bright prospect for a medal at that year's Olympic Games in Helsinki, Finland, his hopes were dashed when the Irish Amateur Boxing Association decided he was too young to be risked. He did qualify to wear the Irish green vest for the next Olympics, at Melbourne, Australia, in 1956, but made an early exit against the Frenchman Claude Saluden. Once again, he represented his country at the 1960 Olympics in Rome, but was eliminated on the tightest of split decisions against Korea's Kim Ki Soo. On the domestic front, Perry was best remembered for a series of thrilling encounters with Fred Tiedt, a 1956 Olympics silver medallist. Often asked why he never turned professional, Harry admitted he was tempted by an offer from British big-time promoter Jack Solomons but decided he was happiest boxing as an amateur, travelling around the world and getting chances to win medals at major tournaments. Satisfied after capturing his ninth Irish title, Harry announced his retirement from the ring in 1962. Employed in the Irish ferry company Sealink's passenger sales division, he was later promoted to public relations officer. Married to Ann for 60 years, he is also survived by three children, seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.