John H. Stracey and Dave Boy Green (silver sharpie) DUAL SIGNED Boxing News BIG FIGHT SPECIAL front cover photo image 1st April 1977 edition. Measuring 12" x 8".
Green W TKO 10
29th March 1977, Wembley, London.
One of the most ferocious wars ever staged at Wembley saw the Cockney ex-champ Stracey, his left eye closed, rescued from the clubbing fists that country boy Green called his "muckspreaders" in the 10th round of a final eliminator for the World welterweight title.
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John H. Stracey (born September 22, 1950 in Bethnal Green, London) former World Welterweight champion. He also had, at one point, a boxing school in London.
Stracey began his professional career on September 17, 1969, knocking out Santos Martins in two rounds. Stracey won his first twelve fights, eleven by knockout, but against obscure opposition. Fight number thirteen was against Teddy Cooper, on January 19, 1971. Cooper was not a big name in boxing either, but this fight ended in controversy when Stracey won by a fifth round disqualification.
On October 5 of 1971, Stracey drew (tied) in ten rounds against Frankie Lewis.
Stracey had five more wins in a row before being matched with Marshall Butler, on May 25, 1972. Stracey suffered his first defeat when outpointed by Butler over ten rounds. He then put a string of four more wins in a row before facing Bobby Arthur for the British Welterweight title on Halloween night, 1972. He lost the fight for the regional title with another controversial ending: This time, Stracey found himself disqualified, in round seven. Stracey then won five more in a row, and he met Arthur in a rematch on June 5, 1973, this time winning the title with a fourth round knockout of Arthur.
After five more wins and another loss, Stracey had his first fight abroad, fighting Roger Menetrey in Paris, France, on May 27, 1974 (at the Stade de Roland Garros, where the French Open is played). The fight was for the European union Welterweight title, and Stracey proceeded to win that belt with an eighth round knockout.
During the 1970s, it was a common practice in boxing to give World title shots to boxers that held continental titles.
For example, the OPBF (Oriental Pacific Boxing Federation) champion would be given priority over other challengers for World title fights and so on. Stracey was not the exception, and, after winning five more fights in a row (including a win over Ernie Lopez), he received his first World title shot challenging WBC World Welterweight champion Jose Napoles at Napoles' adopted home-town of Mexico City, Mexico, Stracey was sent down in round one, but he recuperated to close Napoles' eye and have referee Octavio Meyran stop the fight in the sixth round, Stracey winning the World championship by a technical knockout. The new champion declared "he could have knocked me down in every round but I'd have won it anyway". It was Napoles' last fight.
On March 20 of 1976, he retained the title against perennial World title challenger Hedgemon Lewis by a knockout in round ten, but on June 22, at Wembley, he lost the World title, being knocked out in twelve rounds by California based Mexican Carlos Palomino.
In his next fight, he lost to future Palomino and Sugar Ray Leonard World championship challenger Dave Boy Green, by a knockout in round ten.
Stracey retired as a winner, when he knocked out George Warusfel in nine rounds at Islington, May 23 of 1978.
Stracey currently does autograph and private speaking tours with friends and fellow former World champions Alan Minter, Lloyd Honeyghan, Jim Watt and John Conteh, among others.
He had a career record of 45 wins, 5 losses and 1 draw, with 37 knockouts.
Dave "Boy" Green (born David Robert Green on 2 June 1953) from Chatteris, Cambridgeshire, a small fenland town and boxed as the "Fenland Tiger".
In his youth at Cromwell School he was keen on football and cross-country but took up boxing in 1967 joining the Chatteris Amateur Boxing Club. His trainer was Arthur Binder who had taught Eric Boon, a famous local boxer. In 1969, Green won the National Federation of Boys' Clubs championship. Green had 105 amateur contests winning 74 with 33 inside the distance.
In 1974, Green turned professional under the guidance of Andy Smith his manager. It was the same year (26 October 1974) he married Kay Curson of Sutton.
On 1 June 1976, Green entered the ring in a tiger-skin dressing-gown to win the British light-welterweight Championship (Lonsdale Belt) against Joey "The Jab" Singleton of Liverpool with powerful hooks to the head and body. Though receiving stinging jabs all the while. Singleton was the better boxer, but Green's power began to show. The crowd wanted Green to deliver his "muck spreader" punch but his boxing lead to a retirement in 6th round.
On 7 December 1976 Green took on the Pride of Paris Jean-Baptiste Piedvache for the European light welterweight championship. Green was staged in the 8th round but Piedvache's left eye was closing. With a strong right and left hooks Green retired Piedvache in the 9th round while ahead on points. It was Green's 22 straight win with 18 inside the distance.
Dave "Boy" Green fought John H. Stracey on 29 March 1977 at Wembley as a final eliminator to challenge for the WBC title. Stracey was a former WBC World champion from the tough East End of London and it was anybody's fight. But Green's desire for victory won through as Stracey's left eye started to close. There could be no doubt Green had earned a shot at the WBC title.
Dave Boy Green took on Henry Rhiney a Jamaican who boxed out of Luton winning with a 5 RSC. It was an all British fight with all the tickets sold. The bout started at a terrific pace both men going toe-to-toe. A solid right to the head of Rhiney lead Mr Nathan to stop the fight. Green was a dual European Champion the first Englishman since Ted "Kid" Lewis in 1920.
Due to money the WBC Champion Wilfred Benitez contracted to fight Sugar Ray Leonard. That meant Green had to defend his European title against the experienced 36 year old Dane Jorgen Hansen on the 28 June 1979. Looking for a quick finish Green left himself open being KO in the 3rd round by a vicious right. Being a true sportsman Green applauded Hansen when the belt was presented.
Dave Boy Green's first WBC welterweight bout was on 14 June 1977 against Carlos Palomino of Los Angeles at Wembley London. Fortunes swayed with Green digging deep his left eye closing but Palomino boxed superbly to win by a left-hook KO in 11th round. It was the first time Green had been floored as a professional.
The final challenge for the WBC welterweight belt happened on 31 March 1980 against the holder Sugar Ray Leonard at the Capital Centre Landover, Maryland USA, which Green lost by a KO in the 4 round. The Times Newspaper reported " Leaning forward, dipping to left and right so that either hand could hit with equal venom, Leonard struck Green with a left and followed up quickly with a right-left-right, that started a clangour in Green's head, and the Briton crashed on to his back at the same place in the ring where Carlos Palomino had sent him topping backwards" Green showed lots of spirit but he did not have the answer to Sugar Ray Leonard's masterly boxing skill and timing.
Dave Boy Green's final bout 3 November 1981 was at the Royal Albert Hall against Reg Ford a New York based Guyanan who was a one time sparring partner to Thomas Hearns. Andy Smith retired Green in the 5 round with cuts and closing left eye. It was the correct decision to end Green's career when his fans remembered him as one of Britain's most popular and exciting fighters. Green was active when Leonard, Hearns and Duran fought at any other time he would have most likely been a World Champion.
Currently Green is Chairman of Renoak Limited in Chatteris, a company he founded with Bob Emerson. Dave takes part in charity golf events and is a respected member of the local community. His success can be summed up by Sugar Ray Leonard, "Dave was a brave fighting man who never gave less than one hundred per cent whenever he put the gloves on. He is a warm human being who does tremendous work for charity, and I'm thrilled he has made such a success in business".