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The start of boxing in Manchester

By clicking on the text below in red, this will open a recording of a 15 minute talk on how boxing started in Manchester pre 1900.

The talk was given by Mr Miles Templeton from http://www.boxinghistory.org.uk

Miles has carried out extensive research into boxing in the U.K. from its inception up until around 1970.

The recording was made at a recent meeting of the Manchester ex-boxers at The Derby Arms pub, Cheetham Hill, (3rd February 2012)

Boxing beginnings in Manchester

R.I.P. Billy Marshall

It is with great sadness that we report the death of Mr Billy Marshall. Billy passed away on Friday the 1st February.

Billy was a very well known and active member of The Manchester Ex-boxers association. Funeral details and a full obituary will follow.

Next M.E.B.A. meeting

The next meeting of the Manchester ex boxers is on Sunday 2nd June 2013 at the Derby Arms, Cheetham Hill road, Manchester.

Proceedings commence at 12.30, all are welcome, ex-boxers, current boxers and non boxers.

A tribute to Mr Kenny Baker R.I.P.

It is with sadness that I inform of the passing of Kenny Baker the Manchester Ex Boxers treasurer who passed away peacefully this morning December 25th in Glasgow. Kenny lost his beloved wife Gwen in early November and since then found himself in Hospital and after receiving various scans found himself with various ailments all of which were too much to bare, particularly the broken heart. Kenny was transferred to a hospice in Glasgow on Saturday 22nd and I received a text from his son Raymond today saying Kenny had passed away peacefully this morning.
I shall miss Kenny greatly, when I first joined MEBA in 1993 (we were then based in the Railway Club, Store Street). Kenny was on the door and my Father in law Roy Richardson introduced me to Kenny and Kenny gave me a warm handshake and a big smile and he knew of my career etc and I will never forget the warmth that Kenny had for people, he made you feel that you counted.
In 1998/99 I joined the MEBA Committee to which Kenny was already a member, the Secretary and acting treasurer at the time was John Fleming. John died suddenly and Kenny and I became treasurer and secretary respectively. We sorted out the accounts and from then on we worked successfully as a team particularly when it came to collecting monies for the NBF Blackpool gala which was held every year and involved collecting and accounting for large sums of money.
Kenny was well known by all at MEBA and also through Kennys association with the Scottish Ex Boxers Association. Ken was friends with Dick McTaggart to which Kenny was responsible for inviting Dick McTaggart to the NBF Blackpool Gala to which he has attended every year since.
Kenny was elected to be the NBF president for 2012/13 and received his chain of office (and well deserved) at our Gala in June this year, a proud moment for Kenny and also his wife Gwen who was with us at the time.
I must mention Kennys son Raymond and his wife Wilma who attend the Blackpool Gala every year, since the passing of Kennys wife they have supported Kenny in his time of need, they live in Paisley Glasgow and have looked after Kenny in so many ways, travelling weekly to Manchester, staying in hotels, organising care packages, Gwens funeral and ensuring Kenny had everything he needed whilst in Hospital. A result of Kenny’s condition was confusion and Kenny was unable to tell visitors the status of his condition, Raymond not only cared for Kenny but kept myself and others updated with Kennys condition. Raymond you would have made a great cornerman.

Although I and many of us at MEBA will miss Kenny terribly he is at peace and with his beloved Gwen. Rest in peace Kenny and give our Love to Gwen.

Eddie Copeland

Norman Mercer

We have had an enquiry from a relation of ex Manchester boxer Norman Mercer, he boxed for the navy in 1958/59.
His daughter Dawn is anxious to find information about him and his career.
Can anyone help? Does anybody have information about Norman, however little it may be ❓

Jack Edwards

It is with great sadness we report the death of one of our oldest members Jack Edwards.

Jack was involved in Manchester boxing since he was a young boy, taught by his father Jack Edwards senior there wasnt much Jack didnt know about boxing.

A full obitury will follow.

Rest in peace Jack

Prize fighter – Terry Flannigan

Manchester’s Terry Flannigan defied the odds to maintain his unbeaten record and win the the lightweight competition at the Liverpool Olympia on Saturday night.

Flannigan, a 10-1 shot at the start of the night, claimed the £32,000 winner’s cheque with a split decision victory over Gary Sykes in the final, having overcome Patrick Liam Walsh in his quarter-final and a bloodied Derry Mathews in the semi-final.

It was a razor thin decision with all three judges scoring 29-28 or 2 rounds to one round, 1 judge went for Sykes and two for Flannigan.

This was a great achievement by Terry and could land him a European title shot against experienced Welsh champion Gavin Rees.

The Next Manchester Ex Boxers meeting

The next meeting of The Manchester Ex Boxers Association will be held at the usual venue The Derby Arms, Cheetham Hill Road, Manchester on Sunday the 4th of November 2012.

The meeting starts at 12 noon with proceedings commencing at 1pm, all old and new members are welcome.

Olympic Bantam-Weights 64 years apart

A great day was had by all at Septembers (Sunday 2nd September 2012) monthly meeting of the Manchester ex- boxers meeting at the Derby Arms, Cheetham Hill, Manchester. The meeting was well attended by lots of friendly faces and ex boxers too numerous to mention to do them all justice. However a great story was told by Manchester’s 1948 Olympic bantam-weight representative of the G.B. squad from that event. Tommy Proffitt (ABA Champion 1948) had been invited to the Olympic boxing finals at the Excel arena London on Saturday 11th August 2012 some 64 years after he had completed as a young bantam weight at the last Olympics all those years ago. Prior to the Olympics starting Tommy had been given the opportunity of meeting this years G.B. boxing squad by invitation of the Olympic games organizers. Tommy met all the squad members and in particular he struck a cord with his compatriot and colleague Luke Campbell from Hull who was also representing Great Britain at Bantamweight as Tommy had done 64 years earlier. As they departed Tommy wished Luke the best and said “I’m coming to watch you, make sure you have the gold medal around your neck when we next meet” Guess what happened next? Tommy was in that arena and saw young Luke Campbell win the Olympic bantam-weight final against Irelands John Joe Nevin! Upon receiving that Olympic gold medal the first person Luke went to sharing his celebrations was Tommy Proffitt! What a great story! Many, many thanks to The London Ex boxers association who’s representatives were kind of enough to collect Tommy and his wife at the train station, take them to their hotel, collect them and take them to the venue and return them to the hotel following the boxing, not to mention collecting them at their hotel the next day making sure they were fed and watered before putting them on the train home. What a lovely gesture which made this such a special occasion, Tommy and his wife thoroughly enjoyed the experience and we are grateful for the hospitality of the London ex boxers association.