Black Ring Legend: Errol Christie

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Born June 29, 1963, in Leicester, England and fighting out of Coventry, Errol Christie was a boxer whose professional career spanned almost eleven years. Most of his accolades would come in the amateur ranks. He began boxing at eight years old. Christie developed an affinity for knockouts during his amateur career which would transfer to his time as a pro.

Before that, he would win several amateur championships between 1976 and 1981. Errol Christie also served as team captain for Team England between 1980 and 1983. In his amateur career, he was entered into the Guinness World Records for being the only British boxer to take all of the amateur titles.

When 1982 rolled around, he turned his sights towards making his name in the professional ranks.

 

Professional Career

At 19, Errol Christie began his career with a win over Terry Matthews in November 1982. He would follow up his debut with a 13-win streak. Most of his victories at this time came by way of knockout. Christie suffered his first professional loss against Joey Seys in September 1984.

He returned two months later and embarked on another winning streak with seven wins. His second loss came as he failed to get a British Middleweight opportunity with Mark Kaylor knocking out in the eighth round in November 1985.

Following this, a four-win streak was halted in December 1986 by Charles Boston. After that bout, he was no longer in the same form where he could mount lengthy streaks. While he won several bouts, a knockout loss to Jose Quinones in November 1987 and James Cook at the end of January 1989 saw him out of any major title picture.

Coming off a corner stoppage victory in May 1990, Christie suffered another loss a month later.  As it happened, 1990 proved to be a mixed year for Christie. He managed two wins that entire year before stepping away from boxing after a loss to Michael “The Force” Watson in November of that year. The bout went three rounds.

Christie returned after almost two years against Trevor Ambrose, a young fighter really just starting his career. Prior to Christie, Ambrose had been on a five-bout losing street and managed a second round KO against him. After this loss, Christie hung up the gloves and retired.

 

Post Boxing

After retirement, Christie pursued stand-up comedy and also worked as a trainer. He also worked the market for several years. He released his biography No Place To Hide in 2010.

In March 2017, weeks before his 54th birthday, Errol Christie passed as a result of lung cancer. His record stood at 32-8-1 with 26 knockouts.

Reference
http://boxrec.com/en/boxer/17926
-https://www.mirror.co.uk/sport/boxing/errol-christie-dead-british-boxing-10607041

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  • Ismael Curry May 27, 2019 - 8:42 pm Reply

    Good post. Thanks.

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