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kips 12:02 Thu Feb 13
New book on history of East End boxing
I’ve a good mind to send a copy of this to our current team. Let them know what East End grit and determination is all about!!

If there are any WHO’ers out there that have an interest in boxing as well as the history of East London, then you may like to read a book that I have written that is being published and released for sale this Saturday 15th February.

It is called “EASTbEND – BORN and BLED” and tells the story of Boxing from its earliest bare-knuckled days in the docks, pubs and streets around East London 300 years ago until recent times. It is interwoven with the development of the area and is packed with great facts, stories and images of all aspects of the sport and its links with the social history of the East End.

It has been a huge project for me and has taken three years to put together and includes interviews with some East End boxers. Harry Redknapp has kindly supplied a foreword for the book as there is a small section on the connection with the sport and West Ham football club.

Anyway, if you are interested, it can be ordered or purchased either direct from the publishers – Amberley Books or from most retailers including Amazon, Waterstones, W.H.Smiths and Foyles. It should also be in most of the indie book shops in the East London area and the City.

I am booked in to do a book signing at Waterstones in Romford on Saturday 22nd at 1.00 pm.

Kips

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kips 9:06 Sat Feb 15
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Thanks Wanstead,

Yes, very sad about Sammy but given his life, he got to good age. Went the full 15.

As you may know Sammy spent his later years living in Wanstead. So too does another boxer, Eddie Quill. The Quill family feature a bit in the book as well.

Sadly, nothing about the TKO gym. The amount of information I gathered doing the research was huge and there was still a lot more out there.

Could easily write a second similar length book but having spent 3 years on this one I think the Mrs would walk out the door if a started another one!! She's not into boxing history.

Look forward to seeing you.

wanstead_hammer 8:33 Sat Feb 15
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All the best with the book, Kips.
I’ll bring me old man along. He’s nearly 90, still goes up the LEBA on first of each month. He’s gutted about Sammy. We’re all originally out of Stepney/Bethnal green, so even me mum remembers Sammy, as he was one of their own. (The whole east end followed him. Like so many other fighters over the years)
Also, wondered if you went up me cousins gym (TKO) and whether it gets a mention somewhere along the line.

Anyway, good luck and I’ll get the old man along. (He’s not on the ropes just yet!)

madhammerette 1:22 Sat Feb 15
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This is awesome kips and good on you!

Sounds a bit weird but in my childhood I lived opposite St Mary's Church and would spend an great deal of time at the gravestone if Tom Cribb in Woolwich. Was very much my "place to go" when I felt a bit shit.

Would love to find out more about the characters and boxing pioneers of that time and will definitely be purchasing.

kips 11:43 Fri Feb 14
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Thanks Percy,
Yes Ralph is in the book. He fought Napoles just as Napoles was reaching the very peak of his powers.
A very tough ask.

kips 11:40 Fri Feb 14
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Toe Rag
Thanks
I'll check out the Spitalfields Life obituary
I met Sammy a couple of times. Lovely, quietly spoken and a very gentle man. I spend a good couple of hours with him talking about boxing in the 50's and early 60's
Bright as a button he was.

Percy Dalton 11:32 Fri Feb 14
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Congratulations Kips.
I know how hard it is to get a publisher to take on that dream of yours.
Hope you have lots of success with it.
A bit of nostalgia years ago I was at East Ham Tech college with a Keith Charles whose brother was Ralph Charles.
It was at the same time when he fought Jose Napoles for the world title.
I met Ralph on numerous occasions he was completely unaffected and a real nice bloke.

Toe Rag 9:40 Fri Feb 14
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Nice obituary on Sammy McCarthy on the Spitalfields Life blog.

https://spitalfieldslife.com/2020/02/13/so-long-sammy-mccarthy/

Will definitely pick a copy of this book up. Good luck with it kips.

kips 12:39 Fri Feb 14
Re: New book on history of East End boxing
Eastside,
Thanks,
Jimmy Tibbs is featured quite a bit.

Eastside surge 8:56 Thu Feb 13
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Best of luck with the book kips , will def purchase for my dad as he's a big boxing fan and boxed for west ham as a youngster .
He knew jimmy tibbs quite well and jimmy gave him some tickets on the night of his fight on the undercard of the Ali cooper fight at highbury , its his go to story when he's had a pint or two !

Tomshardware 5:28 Thu Feb 13
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My Grandad boxed for West Ham boys in the 1940's then in the RAF. Got one of his trophies from when he competed in the Greater London boxing championship.

kips 5:01 Thu Feb 13
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J Riddle.
Yeah Terry Spinks is there along with his manager, The great boxer Sammy McCarthy who very sadly passed away just three days ago, aged 88.

Up until Monday he was the oldest living British Boxing champion. Fortunately I managed to interviewed Sammy before he died and there is a great picture of him in the book with him and Terry together

Far Cough 4:41 Thu Feb 13
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kips, cheers, yeah I knew they moved out but didn't know why?

J.Riddle 4:20 Thu Feb 13
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Good luck kips, my mates dad was best mates and sparring partner at West Ham to Terry Spinks RIP who won Olympic gold at 18. Expect he is in there somewhere?

Northern Sold 3:48 Thu Feb 13
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A cousin of mine (Pete Weekes) boxed out of West Ham Boys back in the 90's... pretty sure he made pro... think he's a coach now over at Dagenham last I heard?

kips 3:25 Thu Feb 13
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Far Cough
The West ham Boxing club was situated next door to the Black Lion. It was part of the original pub building and was sub - let to the boxing club. The Pub landlord wanted more rent apparently and the boxing club moved out about 6/7 years ago and now situated near Plaistow underground station

Leeshere 3:23 Thu Feb 13
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My Dad will love this, that's my Father's day present sorted!

kips 3:03 Thu Feb 13
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Terry h

Lots on Billy and his big brother George.
Billy lived on the Channel Islands for several years but is back in Essex. now

kips 3:01 Thu Feb 13
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Yes there is an e book version available.

Jimmy Flint aka The Wapping Asssasin is covered in the book with many from that era.

Hope some of you can make the signing at Waterstones Romford on 22nd Feb.

terry-h 2:59 Thu Feb 13
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kips
Is Billy Walker featured in the book? I know he keeps a low profile nowadays but I believe he lives in Essex somewhere. He and his brother George had a garage in Plaistow before he started boxing.

Pub Bigot 2:49 Thu Feb 13
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Will there be a digital version?

Northern Sold 2:48 Thu Feb 13
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DLSl6cmTw6w

Clip here... got in some old VHS at home will have to dig out...

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