Feature | Premium | Apr 30 2019

Dennis Andries, the career of a cult hero

On the anniversary of winning his first world title, Dennis Andries looks back on a career that made him a British legend
Dennis Andries
Dennis Andries , Emanuel Steward and Steve Collins at party  |  Action Images

IN 1978, Dennis Andries became a professional boxer.

“I was told: ‘You’ll win the Southern Area title, forget about the British title.’ But I’m the kind of guy that doesn’t listen too well. The more they say: ‘You can’t do it,’ the more I say: ‘OK, I’ll show you.’ Don’t ever tell me that I cannot.”

As predicted, Andries, born in Guyana and based in Hackney in East London, mauled his way to the Southern Area light-heavyweight title, but fell short in two attempts at the British championship.