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Boxing Swansea – Short History of Cornelius Carr


John Carr was born on April 9 1969 and quickly learned to look after himself on some of the toughest streets in Teeside. He first put on the boxing gloves at Grangetown Amateur Boxing Club and gym founder Martin Turner soon spotted his potential and took the punching prodigy under his wing. Carr became one of the nation’s leading schoolboy boxers before bursting into the senior scene in 1987. He won his England vest in a multi-nations tournament in Sardinia and took the gold against tough opposition.

Then he blasted his way to the ABA middleweight final when he was barely 18 and gave experienced international Rod Douglas a scare in a furious bout that many thought Carr had won. With an impressive 40 wins and just 3 defeats he turned pro.

Professional Career

He signed to Frank Warren, moved to London with the new name of Cornelius to train under Ernie Fossey.

Cornelius trimmed down to Light Middleweight and made a terrific start of 9 unbeaten bouts, his tenth fight to African Bocco George in reading was his first professional loss, but he was soon back on track, back at Middleweight and picking up the tricks of the trade, not least from a spell in the US that included some tough sparring sessions inside Louisiana State Penitentiary.

Cornelius then left the Warren Camp and went to the States for 4 months, he then came back home and teamed up with one of the best trainers in the Country Howard Rainey and went on to win British Super-Middleweight Championship and after a series of convincing wins his big chance came as he stepped back up at Super-Middleweight and was pitched in against WBO world champ Steve Collins in front of a 7000 crowd at the Point Dublin in November 1995.
After a furious bout Collins just edged out the Teesider on points but the Irishman knew it had been close and afterwards prophetically said; “Carr has got a lot of heart. He could be World Champion.”

Carr had a series of of set backs with 1 opponent pulling out of a World Title fight due to injury and then an unfortunate loss. But dogged Carr bounced back, worked his way back into contention with London based trainer Chris Hall then earned another chance with a crack at former double world welterweight champ Simon Brown for the vacant WBF crown.

But disaster struck as Brown withdrew through injury. A hasty replacement was found in Steve Foster, an experienced scrapper delighted to get the chance and determined to take it, but Carrs hunger was greater and he battled his way to the ultimate prize in a memorable night of fighting passion.

Carr sucessfully defended his crown against Dingaan Thobela, beating the South African legend on a majority decision. Unfortunately due to injury, at the top of his career Cornelius had to hang up his gloves and retire from the ring.

02-02-2001Sam SolimanTBC, Kensington, EnglandLPTS 6
08-12-2000Gary BeardsleyNational Sports Centre, Crystal Palace, EnglandWPTS 4
31-10-1999Dingaan Thobela
David Lloyd Club, Raynes Park, EnglandWPTS 12
20-08-1999Jason BarkerRoyal National Hotel, Bloomsbury, EnglandWRSF 3
20-02-1999Steve Foster
Pavilion, Thornaby, EnglandWPTS 12
25-11-1998Jimmy VincentCeasars Nightclub, Streatham, EnglandWPTS 6
27-10-1998Danny JumaFountain Leisure Centre, Brentford, EnglandWPTS 6
10-09-1998Darren CovilTown Hall, Acton, EnglandWTD 2
14-03-1997Dean Francis
TBC, Reading, EnglandLRSF 7
02-03-1996Danny JumaTBC, Newcastle, EnglandWPTS 8
25-11-1995Steve Collins
The Point, Dublin, IrelandLUPTS 12
07-07-1995Barry ThorogoodIce Palace, Cardiff, WalesWRSF 6
13-05-1995Chris RichardsKelvin Hall, Glasgow, ScotlandWRND 3
04-02-1995Colin MannersNational Ice Rink, Cardiff, WalesWPTS 8
11-03-1994James Cook
York Hall, Bethnal Green, EnglandWPTS 12
22-09-1993Horace FlearyTBC, Wembley, EnglandWPTS 8
19-05-1993Stan KingTBC, Sunderland, EnglandWPTS 8
24-04-1993Graham BurtonTBC, Birmingham, EnglandWPTS 6
29-10-1992Alan RichardsTBC, Bayswater, EnglandWPTS 8
06-09-1991Marvin O`BrienTBC, Salemi, ItalyWRSF 7
18-05-1991Paul BurtonPallazzo dello Sport, Verbania, ItalyWRSF 3
02-03-1991Carlo ColarussoTBC, Darlington, EnglandWRSF 8
16-02-1991Frank EubanksPavilion, Thornaby, EnglandWRSF 5
27-10-1990Jerry NestorTBC, Greenville, United StatesWKO 1
26-09-1990John MaltreauxTBC, New Orleans, United StatesWKO 1
21-04-1990Franki MoroCrowtree Leisure Centre, Sunderland, EnglandWPTS 8
20-02-1990Peter GornyLondon Arena, Millwall, EnglandWRSF 4
24-10-1989Carlo ColarussoTBC, Watford, EnglandWRTD 4
22-03-1989George BoccoTBC, Reading, EnglandLRSF 3
20-12-1988Kevin HaydeTBC, Swansea, WalesWPTS 6
15-11-1988Skip JacksonTBC, Norwich, EnglandWKO 1
10-05-1988Andy CatesbyTBC, Tottenham, EnglandWRSF 5
12-04-1988Franki MoroTBC, Cardiff, WalesWRSF 6
29-03-1988Darren ParkerYork Hall, Bethnal Green, EnglandWRSF 1
29-01-1988Kesem ClaytonYork Hall, Bethnal Green, EnglandWRSF 6
12-01-1988Shamus (Seamus) CaseyTBC, Cardiff, WalesWRSF 6
28-11-1987Dave HeaverTBC, Windsor, EnglandWRSF 2
22-09-1987Paul BurtonYork Hall, Bethnal Green, EnglandWRSF 5

Fight Record

Corney’s professional career spanned from 1987 to 2001. Winning The British title in 1994 against the excellent James Cook and WBF World Middleweight title in 1999 against a strong Steve Foster (with a successful defence at the end of 1999 against the very talented Dingann Thobela).

Cornelius narrowly missed out on gaining the WBO title against the very tough legendary Steve Collins in 1995.



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