Local boxing clubs were mourning last month with the news that former coach Chris Sievwright had died aged 83 after illness. His passing was confirmed in early April, immediately being met with tributes and an outpouring of respect for a man who inspired so many over the generations.
Sieywright was born on the Isle of Wight in the late 1930s and founded Gosport Amateur Boxing Club in 1964 after a stint in the Army. Founding his first club helped the coach help Glyn Rees rise to become Welsh heavyweight champion.
Chris also worked with well-known city fighters ‘Spud’ Vince and Tony Knowles during his time coaching in Gosport and Portsmouth, also guiding Mark Ballard to national titles and oversaw his progression to securing international status with England.
He had heavy involvement with the Schools Amateur Boxing Association and was instrumental in bringing the England v Wales schoolboy international to the Mountbatten Centre. After spells coaching at Hillside ABC and Portsmouth ABC, Chris graduated to senior levels of coaching to work with county and regional boxing squads.
His boxing career of over fifty years was much appreciated by many aspiring boxers across Hampshire, and every founded club is grateful for his determination to grassroots / amateur sports over the generations. The Globe team would like to offer our support to the family of Chris Sievwright at this difficult time and hope that his legacy for the sport lives on.