J.A. "Alex" Lambert, 1887-1962
At the turn of the 19th-20th century Belgrave Harriers had embraced the noble art of Boxing and had three delegates at the Amateur Boxing Association.
Alex (or Alec) Lambert was the son of Boxing Promoter and British Boxing Board of Control's first Chief Inspector Jimmy Lambert. With his club listed as Belgrave Harriers ABC and weighing 57 Kg, J.A. "Alex" Lambert became English Featherweight Champion at the 29th ABAE Tournament in 1909 and thus Belgrave Harriers' first ever national champion. He beat A. Arnold of Polytechnic ABC.
Alex fought on as a professional, mostly at Covent Garden and Southwark, winning thirteen of his twenty-seven fights but losing his last two in Ireland to Tommy Connolly and Peter Cullen.
He is pictured here in later years as a trainer at the Bull Hotel training camp, possibly at Hoddesden, Hertfordshire, on 5 August 1927.
The Amateur Boxing Association of England.