THE CATTOUSE IS OUT THE BAG

Croy­don EBA are happy to wel­come a new mem­ber

Boxing News - - Yesterday’s Heroes - Si­mon Euan-smith

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

Photo: LARRY BRAYSHER

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