Walter White was the Scottish amateur lightweight champion in 1923 at the age of 19. He also impressed by winning events in Sweden, Denmark and Netherlands before stepping up a weight in 1924 to became the ABA national lightweight champion after beating the defending champion [George Shorter] in the final.
Both Shorter and White went to the 1924 Paris Olympics and White was one if the favourites but he suffered a first round knockout in his opening bout against Argentina’s [Alfredo Copello]. It is reported that as Walter stepped forward at the start of the contest for the customary touching of gloves, Copello threw a punch and caught White on the jaw from which he never recovered.
White turned professional and made his début in November 1925, losing in 15 rounds to Glaswegian [Jim Cater]. Between then and 1933 White had 26 contests at lightweight and welterweight, winning 18 and drawing two. Of his six defeats, four were to Cater.
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