Peter Waterman

Peter Waterman (8 December 1934 – 16 January 1986) was an English boxer and a British and European welterweight champion.[1]

Peter Waterman
NationalityUnited Kingdom
Born(1934-12-08)8 December 1934
Stepney, Tower Hamlets, East London, England
Died16 January 1986(1986-01-16) (aged 51)
Islington, London, England

Waterman was born in Stepney, East London, England, one of nine children of Rose Juliana (née Saunders) and Harry Frank Waterman.[2] His brother Dennis Waterman became an actor and singer. His father had been an amateur boxer and made all of his sons box.[3]

He began boxing at the age of 11 and had an amateur career winning 121 of his 130 bouts.[1] In 1952 he represented the United Kingdom at the 1952 Summer Olympics at Helsinki, Finland, in the light-welterweight class.[1]

When Waterman was 18 he became a professional and won the British welterweight title in 1956.[1] In 1957 he beat Emilio Marconi to gain the European welterweight title.[1] In April 1958 after a fight with British lightweight champion Dave Charnley he had to be helped to the dressing room, a few months later Waterman underwent brain surgery and never fought again.[1][4][5]

He died suddenly in Islington at the age of 51.[1]


  1. "Peter Waterman", The Times, London, England: The Times Digital Archive, p. 14, 17 January 1986
  2. Waterman, Dennis & Jill Arlon (2000), ReMinder, Hutchinson, p. 1, ISBN 978-0-09-180108-3
  3. Waterman and Arlon. - p.13-14.
  4. Professional boxing record for Peter Waterman from BoxRec
  5. Bio: Peter Waterman,
Preceded by
Wally Thom
British Welterweight Champion
5 June 1956 — 17 December 1956
Succeeded by
Tommy Molloy
Preceded by
Emilio Marconi
European Welterweight Champion
18 January 1958 – 26 December 1958
Succeeded by
Emilio Marconi
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