Mersey Fighters 3: More lives and times of Liverpool's boxing heroes
The third volume in the popular series showcasing the depth of fighting talent in the region, The Mersey Fighters 3 details the lives, times and careers of a further 14 of the area’s former boxing stars. Interviewed at length by sports writer and historian Gary Shaw and boxing writer Chris Walker, the in-depth stories of these proud fighting men are revealed here for the very first time.
Champions such as Richie Wenton, Paul Edwards, David Burke and Sugar Gibiliru jnr. stand side-by-side with challengers and contenders from the past four decades of Merseyside boxing history; Noel Quarless, Ronnie Hough, John Naylor jnr., Billy Seasman, Ste Harkin, Tony Cunningham, Alan Levene, Stan Atherton, St. Helens’ Ian Chantler and Olympic bronze medallist George Turpin.
Few cities have as fascinating a boxing history as Liverpool and this third instalment of The Mersey Fighters is essential reading for boxing and sports fans alike.
It was surreal boxing while the hostages were still being held, but if the athletes didn’t carry on then we wouldn’t get a medal...It sounds bizarre saying that now but that’s what we did, we just carried on.
Two-time ABA champion George Turpin describing the 1972 Munich Olympics that saw 11 Israeli athletes kidnapped and killed by terrorists. He won a bronze medal at the Games and went on to have 16 contests as a professional, 1973-77.
I’ve learnt the hard way but I’m willing to make a stand now and I’ll fight any heavyweight because I want to be the number one. Tonight I have proved that I am the most dangerous [heavyweight] in this country. They say [Frank] Bruno’s got punching power, I believe that [in reference to his recent win] is punching power.
Heavyweight contender Noel Quarless following his 1st round KO of future European champion Anders Eklund in October 1983. A fight with Bruno never materialized.
When I got to the ring I felt really confident and I went to the ropes punching the air and shouting at the crowd who, almost to a man, were booing me. I was revelling in it. No way was I losing this, I thought. Not after everything that had happened. Not here. Not now.
Former British champion Richie Wenton describing the prelude to his March 1995 defence against Ellesmere Port’s Paul Lloyd in Chester’s Northgate Arena.