FRED POT­TER, R.I.P.

FRI­DAY Oc­to­ber 6, 2017

Boxing News - - The Week -

BOX­ING NEWS are sorry to read the fol­low­ing from John Jar­rett: “North-east box­ing leg­end Fred Pot­ter died Thurs­day Oc­to­ber 5, aged 86. Born and bred in a Hartle­pool pub named the Malt and Hops where his fa­ther was the li­censee, Fred loved all sports. Foot­ball, horse rac­ing, bil­liards but pri­mar­ily box­ing. He would be­come a ref­eree in 1958 and of­fi­ci­ated all over the North East as well as in Scot­land. Re­tir­ing from the ring at 65 he be­came a hard-work­ing of­fi­cial for the BBBOFC, serv­ing on the North­ern Area Coun­cil as Rep­re­sen­ta­tive Stew­ard.

“On Fri­day June 23, Fred ar­rived at the Walker Dome in New­cas­tle upon Tyne where he had been ap­pointed Stew­ard in Charge. Trag­i­cally, be­fore he could take his ring­side seat he fell on his face, vic­tim of a heart at­tack. Im­me­di­ately at­tended to by Dr. Mike Ki­pling, the Area Chief Med­i­cal Of­fi­cer, he was re­vived and rushed to hospi­tal. Last week he lost his last fight. RIP.”

Photo: TOM COLLINS

FOND MEM­O­RIES: Pot­ter [right] con­grat­u­lates Michael Hunter in 2005

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