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.
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.