Born in West Ham on March 29 1933, Terry Lawless first took out a boxing manager’s licence after completing his National Service in the mid-1950s. During the following 45 years, he managed more than 50 boxers and guided four boxers to world titles – John H. Stracey, Maurice Hope, Jim Watt and Charlie Magri. Throughout his managing career, Lawless was based at the Royal Oak gym in Canning Town, close to where he was born. He worked closely with promoters Mickey Duff, Jarvis Astaire, Harry Levene and Mike Barrett when they were the powers in British boxing throughout the 1960s and into the 1980s.
He retired to Spain and died there on December 24 2009.