This photo shows tragic boxer Freddy Mills being mobbed by fans in Weymouth.

In this 1946 photo Freddy was at the Sidney Hall in Weymouth to present prizes in a boxing tournament.

It was taken 19 years before light-heavyweight champion of the world Freddy was found dead in the back seat of his car.

In these happier times Freddy was presenting the prizes in a boxing tournament between Weymouth, Dorchester and Bridport Boxing Clubs in May 1946.

He broke training in London from his world title fight with the Russian American Gus Lesnevich. The referee stopped the fight in the 10th round in Lesnevich’s favour.

Freddy avenged the savage beating he had taken in 1946 to win the World Light Heavyweight title back from Gus Lesnevich in July 1948.

Freddie presented the prizes for the first half of the show but had to get the train back to London.

Fans jogged back to the station with him and stopped on the way to get him fish and chips.

Weymouth Boxing Club was in Barrack Road behind the Military Arms pub

Mills was crowned light-heavyweight champion of the world in 1948 and was a darling of the media and a hero to millions.

He committed suicide in July 1965.

He was found dead in the back seat of his car and had been shot once in the head; a rifle rested between his knees. It later emerged that, in the days before his death, Mills had asked several prominent figures in London's gangland whether they could provide him with a pistol, seemingly aware that his life was in danger.

He wasn’t able to get a proper gun and ended up acquiring a gun from a friend who ran a rifle range at Battersea fun fair. It is believed that the boxer took his own life through a combination of his own depression and fears that he was about to be killed by the Kray twins.

Author James Morton, who wrote Fighters about Mills’ life, said: “The Krays didn't actually kill him, but the threat that they were about to move against him was enough to push him over the edge.

“He was having problems at home with his relationship with his wife and he was suffering from the most dreadful and persistent headaches as a result of too many punches to the head.

“There is some evidence that he was also developing speech difficulties, which had put an end to his broadcasting career. He had been suffering with dizzy spells and bouts of depression for some time, but by then it had got much worse.”