Next week marks the anniversary of the birth of one of South Yorkshire’s greatest ever boxers - James William ‘Iron’ Hague.
Born on November 6 1885, the Mexborough fighter would later become British Heavyweight Champion between 1909 and 1911.
He rose to prominence by defeating a steady stream of English contenders before knocking out Gunner Jim Moir in the first round for the British title.
Thousands of people lined the streets of Mexborough town centre to give him a heroes’ welcome back.
In his next fight he took on Canadian Sam Langford, who is often credited as being one of the best boxers of all time. Hague put his opponent down early in the fight, but Langford managed to rally and eventually knocked Hague out in the fourth round.
Hague lost his British title to Bombardier Billy Wells in 1911. He retired with a record of 20 wins, nine losses and one draw.
Shortly after the outbreak of the First World War he joined the Grenadier Guards and saw military action in several battles. He died in his daughter’s arms aged in his mid 60s in 1951. He is buried in Mexborough Cemetery.