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Birth Name: Derrick Charles Vernon Vann
Birthplace: Shoeburyness, Essex, United Kingdom
Died: 2012-07-29 (Age:83)
Nationality: United Kingdom
Hometown: Shoeburyness, Essex, United Kingdom
Height: 6′ 2″ / 188cm
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- Born in Shoeburyness on 4th April, 1929
- Worked as a barman in Chatham in between fights
- Was working as a potman at the age of 17 at the Shoebury Hotel when he was spotted by Larry Gains.
- Had six months coaching and was entered into one of Jack Solomons' novice heavyweight competitions. Was beaten in the semi finals of the competition.