Errol Christie Explained

Errol Christie
Realname:Errol Christie
Nickname:Thames Barrier Warrior
Weight:Middleweight
Nationality: British
Birth Date:29 June 1963
Birth Place:Leicester, England
Home:Lewisham, England
Style:Orthodox
Total:41
Wins:32
Ko:26
Losses:8
Draws:1
No Contests:0
No Place To Hide
Author:Errol Christie and Tony McMahon. Foreword by Steve Bunce
Country:United Kingdom
Language:English
Genre:Biography
Publisher:Aurum Press
Release Date:2010
Media Type:Print (hardback & paperback)
Isbn:978-1-84513-513-3

Errol Christie (born 29 June 1963) is a former professional British boxer and currently a boxing trainer. He was the captain of the English boxing team from 1980 to 1983 and European champion in 1983.

Christie, born in Leicester and raised in Radford, Coventry, was a regular fixture on ITV Fight Night in the eighties. He earned the right to wear the Kronk Gym golden shorts after impressing its promoter Emanuel Steward. Christie won the overwhelming majority of his amateur and professional bouts up to 1985 when he was defeated by Mark Kaylor. After that his career went in to a tailspin until he hung up his gloves in 1993 after an eminently forgettable fight with Trevor Ambrose. He has since become a trainer to City executives engaged in the current craze for White Collar Boxing. One of his regular students is TV presenter Dermot O'Leary.

In March 2010, Christie published his biography No Place To Hide, about racism in both the boxing game and seventies/eighties Britain in collaboration with former BBC TV producer, Tony McMahon. The book has now been longlisted for the William Hill sports writer prize for 2010.[1] Both Christie and McMahon are registered with the Blake Friedmann literary agency.[2]

Amateur boxing career

At the age of eight, Errol Christie started boxing at the Standard Triumph gym in Coventry managed by Tom McGarry. Out of eighty fights in his early career, Christie lost only two and gained a reputation for early knockouts. He was Warwickshire champion in 1976, schoolboy champion in 1977, NABC champion in 1979 and senior ABA (Amateur Boxing Association of England) champion in 1981.

In the senior ABA semi-finals, he beat Joey Frost which led to Christie being appointed England boxing captain. In the finals, he defeated Cameron Lithgow to take the trophy.

In 1982, he became European champion after defeating Ossubek Kilimov in the semi-finals and Moe Gruciano in the finals at Schwerin in what was then East Germany. Christie was listed in the Guinness World Records, then known as The Guinness Book of Records, for notching up the most amateur title wins.

Professional boxing career

A series of seemingly effortless wins followed Christie's decision to go professional in 1981 with new manager Burt McCarthy. He triumphed against Terry Matthews, Jimmy Ellis, Harlen Holden, Sam Leonard, Lino Cajinas, Vince Gajny, Robert Thomas, Fred Reed, Doug James, Joel Bonnetaz, Dexter Bowman, Stacy McSwain and Stan White. But in September, 1984 - Jose Seys delivered a surprise knockout which shook the young man's confidence. Seven more wins followed however before a disastrous bout with Mark Kaylor in November, 1985.

White collar boxing

Christie now teaches white collar boxers at Gym Box in Holborn, London. In 2005, The Guardian and other newspapers reported an incident where one of Errol's white collar boxing students, film distributor Simon Franks, hit Hollywood actor George Clooney at the premiere of his film Good Night, and Good Luck.[3] [4] [5] An argument between the two men was alleged to have got out of control. Christie was quoted in The Guardian asking whether his student, Franks, had used his left hook.[5]

Royal Court Theatre: "Sucker Punch"

In 2010, Christie was taken on as the fight consultant to the play Sucker Punch written by Roy Williams (playwright) and directed by Sacha Wares, performed at the Royal Court Theatre in Chelsea, London.[6]

External links

Notes and References

  1. Web site: = Sports Journalists' Association] From Agassi to Nazi, via “gonzo”: prize’s mixed bag]. 2010-10-01. 2 October 2010.
  2. Web site: Book Clients: Errol Christie. Blake Friedmann. 8 December 2007.
  3. News: Clooney is a box office hit. The Sun. 2005-11-05. 8 December 2007. London. James. Clench.
  4. Web site: Clooney brawl - the facts. George Clooney. Cosima. Marriner. 8 December 2007. http://web.archive.org/web/20080501153904/http://www.maxboxing.com/Groves/Groves081506.asp. 1 May 2008.
  5. News: Clooney 'brawl' - the facts. Guardian Unlimited. 2005-12-29. Cosima. Marriner. 8 December 2007. London.
  6. Web site: = Time Out] Sucker Punch]. 2010-06-23. 2 October 2010.