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Fighting talk from former champions

Left to right: Schoolboys Bob Fisher, Brian Davis and Barry Doyle who were featured in The Bristol Evening Post in 1961.

Three former Knowle West national boxing champions met up in October after decades apart to reminisce about the glory days of their fighting careers.

Bob Fisher and Brian Davis both (71) and Barry Doyle (72) were featured in The Bristol Evening Post in 1961 outside Connaught Road Secondary Boys School – which produced a record number of champions – with six titles in three years.

As youngsters, Brian and twin brother Michael, the fourth boxing champion, were Barry’s near neighbours in Cossington Road – with Bob around the corner in Crediton Crescent.

Barry was Great Britain Schoolboy Champion in 1959 at the age of 12 and the following year Bob and Brian were also given the accolade. And in 1961 all three gained the title.

Bob says: “It was due to Roy Brimble our sports teacher at Connaught Road and the school. The Davis twins, Barry and myself won eight Great Britain Schoolboy Championships between us …

“The school was a sporting academy and we also had football, cricket and running…”

Barry, who moved to Australia 36 years ago, still has relatives in the area. He says: “It’s never been emulated by anyone else. We also used to train twice a week at Robinsons Boxing Club in St John’s Lane.

“I started at eight in Old Market, my mum sent me so I could look after myself on the streets…If you win a title it quietens you down, you can’t go around causing trouble…”