THE CATTOUSE IS OUT THE BAG
Croydon EBA are happy to welcome a new member
CROYDON were delighted to see former light-heavyweight Trevor Cattouse at their October meeting. He was made very welcome, and was soon chatting to fellow ex-pros including former Commonwealth lightweight champion Pat Doherty and the three Micks – Hinton, Hussey and Lock.
“I’ve always been meaning to come along, but never got round to it,” Trevor said. By the end of the meeting he’d decided to join.
Trevor boxed professionally from 1977 to 1985, finishing with a record of 20 wins and three draws in 40 outings. In 1982 he challenged Tom Collins for the British title, but was beaten in four rounds.
“I had just six amateur bouts, then I got suspended,” Trevor recalled. “So I turned pro with Charlie Shorey. And for my first bout he put me in with Pat Thompson – the former Central Area champion!” Not surprisingly, Trevor lost (on points).
Trevor quickly became popular on the small-hall circuit, including regular appearances on manager Shorey’s promotions at Wimbledon Town Hall (now Merton Civic Hall). “But I boxed on the dinner shows too,” he said. “All the London hotels, and some in the Midlands. They don’t seem to have those shows any more – I think it’s a pity.”
He was always billed from Streatham, where he lived originally – “but I moved to the Croydon area about 35 years ago, and I’ve been there ever since.” That brought a chuckle from Mick Hussey. “When I was boxing, I was living in Wallington [about three miles from Croydon],” he said. “But they always billed me from Islington!”
During the meeting, tributes were paid to departed champions Jake Lamotta, Terry Downes and Larry Paul. Hussey had a special memory of Terry Downes.
“I boxed Pat Brogan at Grosvenor House, and Terry Downes was in the audience,” he said. “I thought I won, and so did most people. But Brian Anders was the referee, and he gave it to Brogan.
“Some time later I was boxing at Cliffs Pavilion, Southend – I forget who against. And as I was coming into the ring, Terry shouted out: ‘Mick, you’ve got your favourite referee!’ I thought – great!”
Croydon meet at 11am on the last Sunday of the month at The Orchard, Cherry Orchard Road (no December meeting). This month’s meeting (November 26) will be the AGM.
The day after the meeting, Larry Paul’s funeral was held at Croydon Crematorium. Larry was born in
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