I, 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
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.
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.
aka Clubber Langley