British boxing was rocked back on its heel this past weekend with the news that it’s boxing hero had sadly passed away, ‘The Thames Barrier Warrior’ Errol Christie succumbed to cancer at the age of 53.
Best known for his amateur exploits, Christie captained the English team between 1980-83, becoming European amateur champion in ’83 also.
He entered the Guinness Book of Records for being the only British boxer to win ten amateur titles.Christie had been battling his illness for some time.
Christie had been battling his illness for some time, fighting until the very end as he done throughout his career.
His nephew and Republic of Ireland footballer Cyrus Christie broke the news that of his passing.
He told the Mirror: “My uncle’s got over 100 tumours in his body, he’s had it for quite a while now – no one has survived that long with what he’s got.
“The tumours are that strong they’re pushing through his body.
“I went down to visit him because he’s only got a while left and he could pass while I’m away with the national team. It could have been the last time I see him. I had to go and give my wishes.
“He told me he can’t fight any more, it’s too much for him now — and he’s always been positive. That’s the first time I’ve heard anything negative coming from his mouth.
“It’s been a tough time for my family, but we carry on and they’ll support me and look forward to these games. His career was phenomenal and there were some records that can’t be beaten.”
His professional career wasn’t able hit the heights that his amateur career had found retiring with a record of 32-8-1.
Infamous Punch-Up with Mark Kaylor
Probably known to most was his infamous tear-up with Mark Kaylor at a pre-fight press conference in 1985 before their British title eliminator.
Christie accused Kaylor of a racial slur which Kaylor denied but didn’t stop them from trading blows in a rain-soaked car park before carrying on the drama into the restaurant at the Stakis Regency Casino in London.
In the contest that followed, Kaylor was dropped twice before landing a vicious right-hand in the eighth which stopped Christie in his tracks.
Kaylor proceeded to race into the corner to check on Christie, proving the animosity was over.
Christie went on to a be a stand-up comic, a market trader and a white-collar boxing coach and his 2010 autobiography “No Place To Hide” was longlisted for the William Hill sports writer prize.
Thoughts and Prayers are with Errol’s Family and Friends at this Time.