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Alan Minter

Former undisputed World Middleweight Champion boxer. Given the nickname “Boom Boom” for his incredible knock-out record. Alan Minter turned professional in October 1972 and went on to win the British middleweight title in 1975, adding the European title in 1977. He also won the bronze medal at the 1972 Munich Olympic Games. Alan won five fights in a row by knockout in 1972, and, in the following year, Pat Dwyer became the first boxer to go the distance with him, over eight rounds in London. Minter won his next five fights, three by knockout. In 1975, he won four fights in a row, including another bout in Hamburg, and by the end of the year, he challenged Kevin Finnegan for the British Middleweight title, winning it by a 15 round decision. In 1976 he won six fights, to extend his streak to Continue Reading »

Amir Khan

Amir Khan

Amir is the youngest British Olympic boxing medalist, winning silver at the 2004 Athens Olympics at the age of 17. He is also one of the youngest British world champions ever, winning the WBA Light Welterweight title at age 22. He began to box competitively at the age of 11, with early honours including three English school titles, three junior ABA titles, and gold at the 2003 Junior Olympics. In early 2004 he won a gold medal at the European Student Championships in Lithuania, and in South Korea several months later he won world junior lightweight title after fighting five times in seven days. Khan qualified for the 2004 Summer Olympics by finishing in first place at the 1st AIBA European 2004 Olympic Qualifying Tournament in Plovdiv, Bulgaria. On 18 July 2009, Khan moved up to the light welterweight division to fight Andreas Kotelnik at the MEN Arena Continue Reading »

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Audley Harrison MBE

Audley won the Super Heavyweight Gold Medal representing Great Britain at the 2000 Olympics in Sydney, Australia, and later became European heavyweight champion after knocking out Michael Sprott in April 2010. In 2001, Harrison released his autobiography Realising the Dream and set up his own company, A Force Promotions, to manage his career and concluded several high profile sponsorships deals and became the first boxer in Britain to sign a direct broadcast deal. In the 2003 November issue of the Ring Magazine, Harrison was tipped to emulate Lennox Lewis and become a dominant world champion. Audley Harrison also took part in the 2011 series of Strictly Come Dancing. On 15 November 2011, during an interview on BBC Breakfast following his departure from Strictly Come Dancing, Harrison announced that he would return to boxing for one last time. He stated that Continue Reading »

Barry Davies MBE

Barry Davies MBE

Barry is a legendary commentator with one of the most-recognisable voices in Britain. He has covered a wide range of sports in a long career, primarily for the BBC. Although he is best known for his football commentary, Davies has commentated on numerous other sports, including badminton, beach volleyball, cycling, ice hockey, ice skating, tennis, gymnastics, hockey and athletics, and primarily in the BBC’s Olympics coverage, where he twice (Sydney 2000 and Athens 2004) commentated on the opening and closing ceremonies of the Summer Games. He was also the ‘Voice of the Boat Race’ between 1993 and 2004, until the BBC lost the rights to cover the event, and the presenter of Maestro in the 1980s, a series of interviews with retired sporting legends. About Barry Davies was educated at Cranbrook School—which also numbers commentators Brian Moore and Peter West Continue Reading »

Barry McGuigan MBE

Barry McGuigan MBE

Barry rose to fame in the 1980s as WBA featherweight boxing champion and a non-sectarian sporting ambassador. He has worked as a Daily Mirror columnist and TV sports commentator, having also been the winner of ITV’s Hells Kitchen reality show in 2007. He  won a multitude of titles as a junior. At the age of just 17 he represented Northern Ireland at the 1978 Commonwealth Games, winning the gold medal, and he also represented Ireland at the 1980 Summer Olympics in Moscow. As a Professional he won the British, European and World Titles. McGuigan was voted into the World Boxing Hall of Fame in 2000 and the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 2005. Barry has also been writing a successful weekly column for the Daily Mirror for over 10 years. He has commentated throughout the world; in the USA for Continue Reading »

Chris Eubank

Chris Eubank

Chris is a British boxing legend and a much-loved media personality. His sporting talent and quirky sense of humour have kept him in the limelight for a number of years. Christopher Livingstone Eubanks (later opting to delete the ‘s’ from his surname) was born on 8 August 1966, in South London and spent his early days in Jamaica, from two months old to six years old, when he returned to England. When he was 16 he went to live in New York with his mother. In his spare time he trained at the Jerome Boxing Club. He won the 1984 Spanish Golden Gloves Tournament and also got to the semi-final stage of the main Golden Gloves tournament at Madison Square Garden at aged 18. Chris won the WBO middleweight title against Nigel Benn (and the odds) in a classic encounter. Continue Reading »

Des Lynam OBE

Des Lynam OBE

Des has hosted television coverage of high profile events for many years. He has presented the popular shows, Grandstand, Match of the Day, Holiday, How Do They Do That? and Countdown. In the late 1960s, he began freelance work in radio, more as a hobby than a job, but it soon became apparent that broadcasting was what he truly wanted to do. His first job was with Radio Brighton in 1968, presenting the Saturday night sports report. He worked for the now defunct Radio Caroline before beginning his BBC career as a boxing commentator, moving on to host ‘Sports Report’ on Radio 2 from 1969 to 1978. Switching to television in 1978, he presented BBC’s Grandstand on Saturdays. It was in 1984, when David Coleman left the BBC, that Lynam truly became the face of BBC Sport. He also presented Continue Reading »

Ed Chamberlin

Ed Chamberlin

Ed first appeared on Sky Sports in 1999 as the resident bookie stats expert alongside Matthew Lorenzo and Kirsty Gallagher every Friday night on the Sports Centre. From there Ed went on to co-host the betting show The Full SP with Jeff Stelling before joining the Sky Sports News team on a full-time basis. He joined Sky Sports in August 2000 and is now considered one of their elite presenters. Ed regularly presents in the summer when Gillette Soccer Saturday is replaced with Sports Saturday. He also hosts the midweek Soccer Special, and he presented coverage of the UEFA Champions League and the World Cup draws. He has also presented rugby union and athletics on Sky Sports as well as shows like Football First and Goals on Sunday. At the beginning of 2011, Ed took on a role as one Continue Reading »

Geoff Shreeves

Geoff Shreeves

Geoff started as a booker on the long-running football discussion show The Footballers Show presented initially by Richard Keys, and Geoff went on to produce the show. The Footballers’ Football Show was widely regarded as the main football discussion show at the time and featured an impressive cast of over 500 guests during its run including the late Bobby Moore, FA Chief Executive Graham Kelly and Arsenal Chairman David Dein. As an on-site producer for all live football coverage Geoff became the Match Director’s eyes and ears on the ground for every game, and this was the role he performed until the end of the 1998-1999 season. In 1999 Geoff made the move to reporter alongside Claire Tomlinson on live Premier League and FA Cup coverage for both Sky Sports and Sky Sports News. The deal signing live coverage of Continue Reading »

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