Welcome to the Clubber Langley Boxing Blog

Chris boxing clubberlangley as a youngsterI, like many other young people, first got into boxing after seeing the Rocky movies. Aged 9, I first saw the 80’s classic Rocky 3, with Sylvester Stallone playing the iconic boxer Rocky Balboa. (Hence the name Clubber Langley) Immediately after seeing this, I took a real interest this great sport during what was going to be known as ‘ The Golden Age of Boxing’, with some of the most exciting fighters the sport has ever had, such as Marvelous Marvin Hagler, Sugar Ray Leonard, Roberto Duran and Thomas ‘the hitman’ Hearns. I was privileged enough to be allowed at the age of 12 to see the greatest 3 rounds in boxing history between Hagler and Hearns live in the early hours of a Sunday morning and I was totally hooked on Boxing.

I loved boxing so much,  I even constructed my own ring made out of bamboo sticks and twine string for the ropes and invite my 2 childhood friends Matthew and Charlie to come and ‘practice’ boxing with me. Soon their parents banned them from coming over as I was a bit too ‘keen’ and basically pummelled them:)  I also joined a boxing club in South East London in Downham, but only lasted a year until the trainer shouted at me, so I decided to leave. Clearly I didn’t have the heart of a future champion so decided to take more of a back seat and enjoy the sport as a spectator.

I found out that I had a distant relative called Dan Sullivan who managed the great Len Harvey  in the 1920’s and 30’s who was one the finest English boxers of this era, so I heard allot of stories about the old school fights in circus tents, and in front of crowds of 90.000 plus fight fans, which really fascinated me a as young boy. Harvey still holds the 2 highest ever British Boxing gates of the history of the sport. Read more here

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I took a real interest in the history of boxing which I discovered dates back to Greek Gladiatorial times when fighters fought with bandaged hands with spikes positioned between the thumb and forefinger for added damage. I went onto finding out about the bare knuckle fights which lasted for over 100 rounds before the Queensbury rules were implemented in 1867 as modern boxing as we now know and love was born in the east end of London.

Len Harvey was inducted into The Boxing Hall of Fame in 2008.

 

 

 

In the later years I followed English fighters and realised that we had some great champions of my generation such as Nigel Benn, Chris Eubank, Lennox Lewis, Barry McGuigan and Frank Bruno. My favourite fighters of all time have to be Hagler, Sugar Ray, Duran, Ricky Hatton who had the most amazing following of British fans and the great Joe Calzaghe.  I am also a big fan of Sergio Martinez and of course Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Money Mayweather.

With my blog, I’m going to write about all the upcoming fights from the UK, USA and the rest of the world, and will be remembering the classics from yester year, and I hope that as a fight fan you will want to join in with me in promoting this great sport.

Thanks for checking out my site, and please get in touch with any of your views, reports, memories and even pictures and links to anything boxing. Feedback is always gratefully received.

Best wishes

Chris

aka Clubber Langley

 

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10 Comments

  1. Best knock out punch of all time?….got to be when Tommy the Hit Man Hearns dropped Roberto Hands of Stone in 2 rounds…Duran hit the canvas flat on his face…..peach of a punch from Tommy…

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    • I agree fella;) A genuine shock ko by The Hitman.

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  2. Hi Chris, great site, expert job. Will be visiting more often.

    Keep up the good work.
    Mark Heffernan

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    • Thanks Mark. I really appreciate you looking. Sorry for late reply, but I am now going to be on here weekly from now on. Best wishes.

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  3. Great site Chris, I enjoyed your explanation of how you got into boxing, because I was pretty much the same ! Rocky 1 was my actually my first introduction to the sport.. (I’m probably a bit older than you). I got here because you followed me on Twitter. What a grand age we live in ! From one UK based boxing fan to another.

    Best Regards,
    Steven

    http://www.sports-media.info

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    • Hi Steven
      Thanks so much for your message and I am sorry for late reply! I need to be a bit more active on my own blog 🙂 Yes indeed, the Rocky movies were a real motivation for many fight fans and was responsible for my initial love of this great sport. I was also fortunate enough to be brought up with tales of boxing from a relative of mine who’s dad was Len Harvey’s manager and I just loved hearing about the older day’s of boxing.
      Thank’s for your nice comments about my blog, I really appreciate it mate. I started it after I got ill in 2010 after my Mrs suggesting it to keep me out of her hair and to keep me focused on something, and it’s kind of grown from there. Thanks for the follow on Twitter as well. Much appreciated.
      Hope you enjoyed the weekends fights, and thanks again!
      Chris

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  4. Okay this YouTube video is much enhanced than last one, this one has pleasant picture feature as well as audio. gabacegccdeg

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    • Hi Johne.
      Many thanks for the message. Unfortunately there was no link. Please feel free to re send this over to me.

      Thanks again! Chris

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