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Professional Boxers Association Inaugural Dinner And Awards Ceremony Programme Which Also Featured A Special Posthumous Presentation To Phil Martin

Professional Boxers Association Inaugural Dinner And Awards Ceremony Programme Which Also Featured A Special Posthumous Presentation To Phil Martin

The Professional Boxers Association Inaugural Dinner and Awards Ceremony 30 page programme which also featured a special posthumous presentation to Champs Camp, Moss Side, Manchester, guru Phil Martin. 21st June 1994, The Nine Kings Suite, Royal Lancaster Hotel, Lancaster Terrace, London W2.

Phil Martin R.I.P.
What should of been a celebration of how tenacity can break down walls of prejudice has instead become a memorial to a man who brought Britain's second city of Manchester back to boxing respectability. Phil Martins tragic death in May 1994, at the age of 44, marks the end of an era.

In little over 10 years Martin overcame obstacle after obstacle, just one of which would have persuaded lesser men to throw in the towel, as the vernacular of the sport he is now lost to puts it.

The whole range of negative factors - jealousy, the thickest of bureaucratic red tape, the absence of television backing - all of these he had to contend with as he built up the Champs Camp gymnasium in Moss Side. And he did so well enough to have, for a period in 1993, the British champions at light, middle, light-heavy (a title he just missed out on himself during his fighting days) and cruiserweight.

But what he achieved in that first floor area above a Co-op went beyond mere boxing excellence. He reminded the inhabitants of one of Britain's most notorious inner cities that success and self-respect need not necessarily be a privilege of the few. Many who would otherwise have been sucked further down into the ghetto were given a finger hold on the ladder of escape. For that he deserves the gratitude of everyone, not just those of us in the sport he loved.

Condition very good (minor soiling to front cover white top edge)

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Phil Martin (aka Philip Martin Adelagan) (April 5, 1950 – May 27, 1994) former English professional light-heavyweight. He fought during the 1970s with career statistics of won 14 (KO 6) and lost 6 (KO 4).

He went on to become a respected trainer.

Biography
Martin was born in Moss Side, Manchester, England, in 1950.

Martin had a record of 14 wins and six defeat. The highlight of his career was beating former British Light Heavyweight Champion Gypsy Johnny Frankham over 10 rounds at Belle Vue, Greater Manchester, in November 1975. His professional career ended when he retired after the Ennio Cometti fight in 1978.

Martin went on to become a successful boxing trainer, after meeting with Chet Alexander who convinced him to return to a career in boxing as a trainer. Martin was involved and frustrated as a left wing political activist at the time of their first meeting and moved quickly into his more successful role as a trainer at the Alexander Foundation in Princess Road in Moss Side Manchester. After a fast growth teaching classes at the Alexander Foundation in Moss Side, Phil moved into his own premises a few buildings away, starting his own gym, taking disused premises in Princess Road, Moss Side, scene of rioting in 1981, and building the Champs Camp Gym. He steered numerous boxers, such as Tony Ekubia, Frank Grant, Maurice Core, Ossie Maddix, Ensley Bingham and Steve Walker, to British European and Commonwealth title bouts.

He died in 1994, aged 44, from cancer. The Champ Camp Gym was renamed the Phil Martin Centre in his honour.