ICONIC music venue, the Wolverhampton Civic, celebrates another of its uses very soon — that of the longestablished home of professioinal boxing shows.
In fact, it was during the last war, on Monday 8th March 1943, that the first “All Star” boxing tournament was orgainised at The Civic Hall by Wolverhampton Sportsmen’s Committee, and the seventieth anniversary of this inaurgural show comes up in around five weeks time.
To mark this milestone, The Central (Midlands) Ex Boxers Association, in conjunction with LEBA, are running a major event on Saturday March 9th at the Civic Hall, to celebrate 70 years of professional boxing shows held at the venue.
Proceeds from the first professional show, which was held in March 1943 were donated to the 'comfort fund', to help those who had suffered as a result of the war effort.
‘Since then”, Paul Nutting of the organising committee told us, “there have been 179 boxing shows held at the venue, with 70 future British champions, and 8 future world champions having fought there. Some of these were destined to become household names, such as Henry Cooper, Jack Bodell, Brian London, Richard Dunn, Pat Cowdell and Joe Calzaghe to name but a few”.
“Many boxing experts rate the Civic Hall as one of the best small hall venues in the country”.
Visitors are expected to attend the event from across the UK, with a coach party arriving containing members from the London Ex Boxers Association.
“Any professional boxer who fought at the Civic and can attend the event, will be entitled to a commemorative medal to be presented on the day”, added Paul.
Memorabilia will be on display, as well as stalls containing items that will be of interest to all boxing fans, and it is hoped that several exhibition bouts will take place throughout the day.
Paul explained its wide ranging appeal: “This will be a great family day out, that will delight both ex boxers and boxing fans alike. Doors open at 1.00pm, the event will run until 5.00pm, and admission is £5 payable in advance or on the door”.
More details are available on 07917 142409 and if anyone requires information updates, they can visit Facebook page:- Wolverhampton Civic - 70 Years of Boxing.
Following the afternoon event, the doors re-open at 6.00pm for music tribute acts and cabaret, followed by a full bill of professional championship boxing, topped by an English middleweight title fight featuring Tom Costello from Birmingham and Tony Hill from Southampton. Tickets for this evening event start at £35. More details for this are available on 0870 320 7000.