born: 17/03/1932, Birkenhead, Merseyside
The eldest member of the McAteer dynasty, Pat McAteer moved to the paid ranks in 1952. He won the first 40 fights of his professional career, and at the Liverpool Stadium in 1955, became British and Empire champion, albeit in rather unsatisfactory circumstances: the champion, Johnny Sullivan, was disqualified for a low blow in the ninth round, though the Birkenhead fighter was convincingly in front on points at the time. Nevertheless, McAteer proved he was a worthy champion by defending his title twice to win the Lonsdale Belt outright. In 1956, McAteer outpointed the Liverpool fighter Billy Ellaway in a non-title "derby", marred at the end when the referee mistakenly raised Ellaway's hand, before realising his error. In 1957, while defending his Empire title, McAteer knocked out Jimmy Elliott in the sixth round, and, tragically, Elliot subsequently died as a result of the fight. Later, McAteer unsuccessfully tried to become European champion, and in 1958, in his penultimate contest, lost the Empire crown to Dick Tiger - he retired as British champion.
Pat McAteer v Dick Tiger
Liverpool Stadium 27 March 1958
⊕ Pat McAteer v Dick Tiger