Titles: Never a world champion Record: 111-13-9 Born: July 11, 1907 in Stoke Climsland, England Years active: 1920-1942 Nickname: none Harvey was the embodiment of the "British Style" of boxing. He relied on his defensive skills and accurate counterpunching skills to set traps for his offensive minded opponents. It was brains over brawn for the master boxer who could however punch when forced to the ropes as his 51 knockout victories suggest. A monument to his defensive skill was a face that had almost no scar tissue even after 22 years of fighting against the best the world had to offer. Only two times in his official 133 bouts (historians are sure he fought many more unrecorded fights, Harvey claimed 418 ) did Harvey not hear the final bell. One of those fights was against British heavyweight champion Jack Petersen when the fight was stopped due to the swelling and bleeding around his eyes and in his last fight he was belted through the ropes and could not reach the ring in the allotted time. Harvey to this day remains the only man to win the British middle, lightheavy and heavyweight title. Harvey began his career at the age of 12 and outpointed Young Kid over 6 rounds, by the time Harvey was 18 he was already a veteran of 61 fights. This is also the time where he first challenged for the British middleweight crown and was held to a draw against the well regarded Harry Mason. In his second attempt of the crown he defeated the Scotsman Alex Ireland by knocking him out in the 7th round. Len's 6 title defenses at middleweight included a 3 highly charged battles with toughman Jack Hood, all three went 15 rounds with Harvey wining two and fighting to a draw in the other. While his pure boxing was admired in England it did not please the American fight crowds when Harvey ventured to America. As a outsider of sorts Harvey lost on three occasions in America to Vince Dundee and Ben Jeby (both would win versions of the middleweight title in the future) but his style worked against him as the sole judge seemed to favor the free swinging Americans over the reserved but accurate Harvey. In England Harvey defended his title against Jock McAvoy and Len Johnson before fighting for a world title against Frenchman Marcel Thil. A tough Thil used his head as much as his fists during the bout but successfully fought his way inside racking the body of Harvey. The fight was close and was awarded to the defending champ Thil. After a loss to Jock McAvoy at middleweight Harvey moved up to light heavyweight and won the British crown by outboxing Eddie Phillips. In a unprecedented move Harvey challenged the British heavyweight champ Jack Peterson after his title wining effort at light heavyweight. He won the fight over the much bigger Peterson but was not paid after his wife said he would fight Peterson for nothing in order to challenge for the title. Harvey added to his impressive resume when he won a tough fight over the talented black heavyweight Larry Gains, again he outweighed by 20 pounds. A rematch with Jack Petersen was lost after his eye was too badly damaged to continue. By now however the 14 years of fighting was catching up with Harvey, still he fought on with some success. A loss to Petersen at heavyweight and another loss to John Henry Lewis which was disputed with many thinking Harvey won for the world light heavyweight title ended his days as a contender. In a testament to the popularity of Harvey 82,000 (to this day a record in England) came to see him fight his old rival Jock McAvoy, and Harvey did not disappoint reaching in his reserves for one last brilliant performance. As in their other bouts it was close and featured the hard punching McAvoy trying to hit the elusive Harvey, and almost knocking out Harvey in a classic 14th round. Harvey held on and won a points decision. Harvey now 32 joined the Army at the outset of World War II. In his last bout after a 3 year layoff Harvey was defeated by Freddie Mills who was also 12 years his junior. After the war Harvey ran several pubs houses until he retired at the age of 63 and died in 1976.