30th December 2011

40 minutes Documentary on Herol ‘Bomber’ Graham and Brendan Ingle in 1981 (including the 2006 update)

The program documents the relationship between Graham and Brendan Ingle and follows the early career of ‘Bomber’ focused around his fight against Kenny Bristol for the Commonwealth title in 1981 – It also shows Ingle’s relationship with Sheffield and his work with the young boxers. – The pairs relationship soured after Herol signed with promoter Barney Eastwood and they never spoke again for many years, due to a financial disagreement. – In the 2006 episode of the series the pair meet up for the first time in years to put the past behind them. Part 1 above, other parts below…

Errol ‘Bomber’ Graham

It could well still stand that Herol ‘Bomber’ Graham is the best British boxer never to win a version of a world title.


The Bomber was born in Nottingham on the 13th September 1959 and was taught to box by Alan and Roy Smith in Sneinton, under the big glass roof of the Radford Boys Boxing Club, which was above the White Horse pub in Nottingham.

As an amateur Graham was a Junior World Welterweight Champion and also won a Senior ABA Middleweight Championship in 1978. – The middleweight stylist soon turned professional that year with Brendan Ingle at his Winkobank Gym in Sheffield, just up the M1 from his Nottingham home. – Graham lived and then settled in the steel city.

Unbeaten in his first 38 fights, before being outpointed by Sumbu Kalambay in defence of his European middleweight title in 1987. He won young boxer of the year, British, Commonwealth and European titles as well as claiming a WBC international belt during that period, between middle and super-middleweight. – But ultimately it was the world crown that forever eluded him in a 20 year career. 

Graham challenged for the world title on three occasions. He first took on ‘The Body Snatcher’ Mike McCallum for the vacant WBA World middleweight title in May 1989, losing a split decision, the third judge had it by only one point to McCallum, handing him the belt and leaving Graham gutted. 

Brendan Ingle

He then got a second shot at the world crown this time the vacant WBC version against the dangerous Julian Jackson in Benalmadena, Andalucía, Spain, November 1990. – Graham was boxing Jackson ears off. The Americans eyes were closing from the leather he was taking from the Brit. and the referee was close to stopping the fight. – Jackson could barely land a glove on the elusive Graham. But in the fourth he landed the one that counted and the one that saw Graham counted out.

After the loss to Jackson, Herol had three fights, winning one and losing two against again Sumbu Kalambay for the European belt and then to Frank Grant in a British title fight. – After a lifetime in boxing, he decided to call it a day and retired in Septemder 1992.


But the Bomber announced his comeback in 1996 and after wins over Terry Ford, Craig Joseph, Chris Johnson and then Vinny Pazienza he earned a third world title shot against IBF Super-middleweight champion Charles Brewer at the Boardwalk Convention Centre in Atlantic City on March 28th 1998 – It proved to be Herol’s last professional fight.

After leading on all the judges scorecards and outboxing the champion for most of the fight and even dropping Brewer twice in the fight, again it was the fists of fate that were written and in round ten, hurt Herol backed to the ropes and a flurry of big shots, saw referee Earl Morton jump in to stop the fight, ending ‘The Bombers’ dreams and his boxing career.


Professional Boxing Record
Fights: 54 ~ Won: 48 ~ KO’s: 28 ~ Lost: 6 

Part 2

Part 3

Part 4

Part 5
  • Anonymous

    The White Horse pub where Bomber used to box has now been turned into an Indian restaurant. If you are interested in the history of this iconic pub that was once the setting for Alan Sillitoe’s Saturday Night and Sunday Morning, take a look at this http://thespace.org/items/e0000e4j?t=kycf