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EBA newsletter – July 23

Simon Euan-Smith pays tribute to Harry Doherty, the president of Kent EBA, who sadly passed away on July 13 at the age of 78
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Josh Taylor is the new IBF super-lightweight champion (Action Images/Reuters/Lee Smith)

I WAS very sorry to hear of the death of my old friend Harry Doherty on July 13. He was 78. Harry was President of Kent EBA in its last years, and a staunch supporter of the EBA movement and boxing generally. I’d often see him at shows and EBA functions – not so much recently, because he had health problems, including having been involved in a car crash. He was very knowledgeable – his views on today’s boxers were always worth listening to, and his reminiscences of past fighters were fascinating. And his love of the game was paramount. He was also a very funny man, with a new joke every time one saw him.

His son-in-law, Paul, phoned me with the sad news, explaining Harry had had a stroke two days before – and then another. “He didn’t suffer,” Paul said. I’m sure all BN readers will join me in sending condolences to Harry’s wife, Vivienne (who often accompanied him to EBA functions), and all his family and friends. He will certainly be very much missed.

A minute’s silence was held at July’s London EBA meeting for members and other fight people who had passed on, and Stephen Powell paid tribute to them in his President’s Report. He described Ernie Hatton (aged 90) as a lovely man and a staunch LEBA member, even after moving to Norfolk. Bob Draper, too, was a good member and supporter. He said Isola Akay did a lot for the local youth, and helped many young offenders go straight. He spoke of Connor Law’s tragic suicide at just 26 – a good amateur, unbeaten as a pro, and seemingly with a good future. He said Jack Lindsay had been a fine trainer who had worked with several champions, including Billy Schwer, and reminded the meeting that Wille “The Worm” Monroe was the only man to have beaten Marvin Hagler without controversy.