Manchester Boxing trainer Brian Hughes MBE has not only been a coach to the boxers who entered his Collyhurst and Moston Lads Club above the Co-op in the tough North Manchester district of Moston. 

Hughes has been a father figure a friend, confidant, youth correction officer and a guiding light for many talented pugilists and wayward strays who have climbed the stairs to his boxing domain on Lightbowne road. 
 
The 71-year-old last month announced his retirement from the game after 50 successful years in the hurt business. From his humble beginnings Hughes left the Merchant Navy to embark on a career teaching boxing.
 
Hughes took local lad Pat Barrett from his first amateur fight onto win the British and European light-welterweight titles and a world title challenge and was the person over the years responsible for keeping Barrett on the straight and narrow, from personal problems out of the ring, like he had done before and continued to for many many others. read more about Brian Hughes…

I visited Brian at his home where he is enjoying his retirement, spending time with his family and writing new books on boxers Bruce Woodcock and Peter Kane. He spoke to me about his career in boxing, how it all began for him.

With some great memories from the boxing historian, he recalls the characters, some funny and sad stories from along the way. Including the time Henry Cooper tapped him on the shoulder at the Royal Albert Hall and said he wanted a word. Hughes thought it was the Kray’s, such was Cooper and his acquaintances attire, long overcoats and dark glasses and they didn’t look pleased!

Brian Hughes is a legend in Manchester, but his name is echoed throughout the world of boxing, such is the respect and stature the game holds him in.

The video interview is long and so we will showcase it here on www.britishboxers.co.uk in a three Part Series over the next month. Please enjoy number one, sit back and have a trip down memory lane with the Godfather of Manchester boxing.

Part 2

Part 3

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