He was considered a good quality domestic fighter but he seemed (I was a teenager I guess) far too nice to be a boxer. He looked physically sick at 168 challenging Benn.On a side-note - how good was Nicky Piper considered back in the day? Just wondering what people thought, as I caught some of his WBO title fight against Leeonzer Barber on Boxnation the other day.
Terrific post mate all round. Haven't given a thought to Colin Dunne since he was activeBilly Schwer - I could safely say if he was around now he'd be a world title holder at LW. Lovely textbook boxer with bottle to have a tear up.
Michael ''Shaka'' Ayers - Again another LW from that fabulous generation of LW's. Born in the same hospital and same area i remember roaring him on as a kid against Rigby and Sarmiento and co.
Richard Williams - Met him as a shy 10 year old boy. Kind man with a warm smile but a real class act inside the ring. The Secret sadly was derailed by a unknown Argentine called Sergio Martinez. Sad really because if he was managed with possibly more care he could of done more..
Howard Eastman - The man was a legend in my eyes. My trainer at the time claimed to of smashed him up in a car park brawl but he was imo bitter that Howard was a top class MW at the time. Shame the bastard saw it fit to piss around but tbh even though he lost to Joppy and tbh probably could of done more the defining moment of him putting his foot on the bottom rope and chilling during a round will stick with me .
Wayne Alexander - Never met Wayne but spoke to him on FB. Really nice guy and not the sort of guy you wanna mess with. World class punch power believe me world class!!.
Jason Booth -- One of the most tragic stories in Boxing his brother Nicky. I remember them both fighting on Sky on Monday nights at the Harvey Hadden. One would watch the other. Jason was a truly beautiful boxer and one of my saddest thoughts is he never won a European title let alone a world!. If only his hands held up vs Molitor and it come a few years earlier.
Scott Harrison - One man who worked with Scott said he was the hardest training man and nastiest bastard he ever worked with. Said he was looking for a tear up at anytime. Said he was eat the hill runs in Torquay alive!. My hero the Real McCoy Scott Harrison.
Colin Dunne - What another world class LW?. The times of Stevie Johnson are long gone but sadly for Schwer and Colin the LW division wasn't as weak to win a world title in as it is now. Dunne was a dynamic tough little stable boy from Liverpool but based in Islington. Class act was Colin!
Jon Thaxton....remember he took out a one page BN ad calling out Khan?!I like the 'domestic danger men' that every once in a while knock over someone who is getting touted and have all the DKSAB groupies with them at fights.
Thaxton was a good one, shame he never got a fight against Khan back then, he'd have levelled him inside three rounds.
Shame how the end of his career panned out, the loss of the European title despite nearly winning by first round stoppage, and then the British stoppage against Murray.
Remember that Arron was brave as fuck.John Duddy never gets mentioned much on here. Had a massive following in New York and used to love watching his on RTE when they were big on boxing. I remember he smashed up a young and terrified Prince Arron when he came in as a late replacement.
Not surprising to me Chinny. Id be willing to bet that a lot of posters are as jealous of his porn star status than they are of boxing pundits. In fact more so. Much more lets say,job satisfaction.I tell you who never gets a mention on here.....surprising given he was an Olympic medalist, "proper" world champ and a legit hard core porn star
I met him at York Hall many years ago and he is very down to earth
Jones is a good one. I thought somebody would mention Laing,while forgetting the man who stopped him twice.A couple from the late 70's to early 90's
Colin Jones - Would of been top 10 in most era's(Would love to see him v Khan just for the comedy value).
Steve Robinson - Out does the Rocky films as a fairy tale.
Pat Cowdell - Technically as good as any UK fighter of the last 30 years.