Born in Leicester, UK, in March of 1911, Len Wickwar in October of 1928 made his professional debut at the age of 17. He was the winningest boxer in the history of the sport with 340 wins!
It was at the Spinny Hill Club in Leicester Wickwar in a six round debut scored a fourth round knockout over Jim Young Shepherdson, 2-2. In his second year in boxing in 1929 he fought 30 times going 24-3-3, with all his wins by decision. In December he won the Leicester Flyweight title.
In 1930 Wickwar went 24-10-6 in some 40 fights scoring 5 knockouts. On October 22 he defeated Siki Coulton, 71-47-16. Just 6 days later knocked out Coulton in 3 rounds. In his last fight of that year he defeated Arthur Boddington, 51-35-14 over 8 rounds.
In 1931 Wickwar went 23-14-6 in some 43 fights. He reversed a knockout loss to Billy Mellor with a win over 12 rounds. In 1932 Wickwar went 44-3-2 in some 49 fights. In May of that year he knocked out Billy Cain, 59-29-19, who he lost to the previous year.
In January of 1933 Wickwar had 5 fights , all wins including defeating Jack Kirby, 76-53-28, over 10 rounds. In February he defeated Jimmy Rowbotham, 70-17-6 over 12 rounds in the Semi-final in the Midlands Featherweight competition. Just 3 weeks later he won the competition defeating George Reynolds, 8-16-5.
In March in the Percival Lightweight Competition he won his first 2 fights before losing in the Semi-final to Jim Learoyd, 171-42-24, over 12 rounds. In June he defeated Ted Cullen, 79-52-33. In July he was knocked out by George Odwell, 54-8-5, but in September he defeated Harry Kid Farlo, 56-22-18, over 15 rounds. Just 4 days later drew with Jim Wheeler, 60-21-19, over 12 rounds. In November he drew with Arthur (Ginger) Sadd, 31-1-4, over 10 rounds. He went 2-3-2 that month.
At the end of November he lost to George Daly, 66-10-12, on to win just one day later over Seman Frank Read, 4-8-1, over 10 rounds on December 1st having his only fight that month.
In 1934 Wickwar went 40-9-7. He drew with Harry Brooks, 56-30-11, and 8 days later defeated Joe Donnelly, 50-13-4. In 1935 he went 42-9-1, some 52 fights. Again he defeated Harry Kid Farlo, 60-28-22, over 12 rounds in January. In March he defeated Harry Mason, 131-40-15, over 12 rounds. In November Jack Kirby, 99-36-34, was going for his one hundreth win when Wickwar defeated him.
In 1936 Wickwar went 31-10-7. In his first fight that year he again defeated Harry Mason, 139-45-15. In March he knocked out Sonny Lee, 149-50-5, and George Rose, 189-33-4. In May he knocked out Ivan Drew, 40-18-7, in the first round. In June in a rematch with George Odwell, 106-19-8 he defeated him who had knocked him out.
In June he lost to Tommy John, 40-15-8, only to defeat him in August. A week later he drew with Elfryn Morris, 55-16-12. In his next fight he defeated Sam Boy Smithson, 26-14-11, and 6 days later defeated Cuthbert Taylor, 103-46-16. In a rematch with Sonny Lee, 153-53-5. At the end of November he defeated Chuck Parker, 101-42-15.
In 1937 Wickwar went 39-2-1, including a 20 winning streak through the end of the year. In 1938 he had his 23 winning streak stopped by Freddy Miller, 197-22-6, over 12 rounds. He went 28-4 in 1938. In May he knocked out George Kelly, 54-21-9. He had a 14 winning streak stopped by DQ against Tommy Hyams, 88-44-18.
Wickwar started 1939 off with a draw against George Daly, 102-27-15, on January first and on the twenty-seventh knocked out Johnny Kilburn, 68-15-3, in 5 rounds. He went 8-4-1 that year. In 1940 he went 3-0, before retiring. He came back in 1946 stopping Mick Gibbons, 89-50-18, winning the first of 3 fights.
In February of 1947 in Wickwar’s final fight he lost to Danny Cunningham, 7-9, by knockout ending his career at 340-87-42 with 93 knockouts and stopped 37 times.