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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