Phil Bloom
Name: Phil Bloom
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Nationality: United Kingdom
Birthplace: London, England
Hometown: New York, New York, USA
Born: 1894-10-24
Died: 1979-02-08
Age at Death: 84
Height: 5′ 7″
An outstanding lightweight from London, Bloom fought every great lightweight of his era (1912-1923), including Benny Leonard, Jack Britton, Leach Cross, and Lew Tendler, but never got a shot at the title.
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Runcorn and Widnes

 

 

abc runcorn

19 March 1997
 
TWO Runcorn brothers turned out champion performances in the Warrington ABC boxing tournament at the Parr Hall last week.
Before a packed house, Robert and Glynn Turner from Windmill Hill, both won their contests in convincing fashion.
Light-middleweight Robert, 28, stopped West Lancs ABA finalist, Scot Garrett, after controlling the action with his cool, calm approach.
The former Norton Priory pupil shook Garrett to such an effect that the doctor terminated the action following an eye injury in the second round.
Younger brother Glynn, 19, had a more demanding examination of his talents in his heavy weight encounter with the powerful Alan Byrne, alias the 'Preston Red Rose.'


For the first time in his career, the teenager was called upon to do four two-minute rounds. Coach Mike Rowan said: "The strong, bustling Byrne pushed the fight all the way, but the speed and versatility of Glynn saw him win with a unanimous decisions in the most convincing fashion.


"Time is on Glynn's side in his quest for honours and he is capable of making rapid strides."

 

15 May 1997

 

ROBIN Reid punched a huge hole in the cynics' argument that he was "just a pretty face" with a magni

In front of an 11,000 crowd at the Manchester Nynex Arena on Saturday, the Runcorn boxing hero took challenger Henry Wharton the full 12 rounds, beating him on points.   And the critics who thought - or perhaps hoped - that Robin was purely a champion by luck rather than by ability were treated to a spectacle that must have made them eat their words at last.


Robin, 12 stones of extraordinary fitness, was defending his title for the second time and was considered to be the underdog against Yorkshireman Wharton, making his third bid for the title prize following defeats by Nigel Benn and Chris Eubank.
One critic, describing Wharton as being blessed with the heavier single punch and having too much strength for his opponent, believed a late stoppage was likely.


Another wondered whether Reid might have reached his boxing heights too early. Even Wharton's manager, Mickey Duff, was so confident of victory that he challenged Reid's mentor Frank Warren to a £25,000 bet. But certain of a Reid triumph, Warren was prepared to double it.
His belief in his protege paid off - and the boxer, whose main "disadvantage" appears to be that he looks good and is a nice sort of guy as well, treated the crowd to an exhilarating spectacle which should go down as one of the most exciting bouts of the year.


The crowd-puller at Nynex was ostensibly the Naseem Hamed-Billy Hardy billing - but with that only lasting 93 seconds, it was the Reid v Wharton clash which turned out to be the fight of the night.   The 12 rounds were, for the most, gruelling and - at times - brutal. A brave Wharton had blood spurting from a cut on his nose which may have been broken for the last four rounds.


He took his punishment like a hero from a cool Reid who dealt some devastating shots at the Yorkshireman who did not take long to realise that this was probably the toughest challenge he had ever faced.   Keeping Wharton at arms' length, Reid was the one in charge and appeared to dictate which way the fight was going.   But the undaunted challenger kept pushing and was a constant danger - until the eighth round when a series of Reid shots sent him reeling just before the bell.   Still, Wharton came back for more and a right cross in the ninth would surely have laid out a lesser fighter.
The tenth had him in serious trouble yet he fought back against another crashing right hand and pushed Reid against the ropes, constantly throwing punches.


At the end, both were on their feet and it was a clear decision by the judges - or at least two of them - that Reid was still the champ.
Amazingly, Mexican judge Ray Solis made it a 114-114 draw. Londoner Richie Davies put Reid ahead at 118-111 and Daniel Van De Viel, of Belgium, made it 117-113. After the fight, Robin announced: "I have now proved that I am prepared to go to war to retain my title.


"Critics have called me Pretty Boy. But I was born with this face - and there is nothing I can do about it!
"Perhaps I will now be judged on what I can do."


 Runcorn ABC

18 March 1998

BOXING

WIDNES Boxing Club, sponsored by Grice Haulage and Ceramics By Design, took part in a Charity Boxing Dinner with a cabaret show on behalf of the Children's Adventure Farm Trust Charity at The Village Hotel, Warrington. For the second time in a month David Heaton was let down, his opponent failing to0. turn up. John Kelly making his debut lost by a majority vote against a local boy who was on the retreat most of the time after John hurt him in the second-round. The highlight for the club was when the officials asked Jack Ryan and coach Paul Booth to enter the ring through a cloud of smoke with Kevin Grice. Kevin won on points after a thrilling contest against a tough boy from Manchester.


18 March 1998

CHARITY

WIDNES Boxing Club, sponsored by Grice Haulage and Ceramics By Design, took part in a Charity Boxing Dinner with a cabaret show on behalf of the Children's Adventure Farm Trust Charity at The Village Hotel, Warrington. For the second time in a month David Heaton was let down, his opponent failing to0. turn up. John Kelly making his debut lost by a majority vote against a local boy who was on the retreat most of the time after John hurt him in the second-round. The highlight for the club was when the officials asked Jack Ryan and coach Paul Booth to enter the ring through a cloud of smoke with Kevin Grice. Kevin won on points after a thrilling contest against a tough boy from Manchester.

Wednesday, 1 April 1998

BOXING CLEVER

RUNCORN Boys Boxing Club's most promising star, Ritchie Prescott, takes on the best of the north east later this month in the National Championships.
Ritchie, 18, the current light-welter weight champion of the north west, was given a bye into the next round after his next opponent, the cream of Manchester, dropped out.


Ritchie goes into the fight on the back of a resounding victory against highly-acclaimed Wavertree boxer, Neil Bradshaw, 20, in Warrington last week.
The Murdishaw teenager, who also gave away three pounds in weight, won on a unanimous decision. He had already beaten his Liverpool opponent in a contest earlier this year.


Runcorn Boys coach, John Lally, said: "Ritchie is really making a name for himself on the circuit and the fight against the north east champion, who has yet to be decided, should be exciting.


"He's earned a lot of respect for beating Bradshaw twice because he already had a good reputation." John is also delighted with another promising young hopeful from his Boston Avenue club.   Frannie McHugh, 15, took to the ring in his first ever competitive fight against Warrington's Alan Webb. He gave away four pounds in weight but still went on to win on a unanimous decision.


"The lad was brilliant and is a real hope for the future," said John. "He only joined the club 12 months ago so it shows how much progress he's made in such a short space of time."

 

6 May 1998

BOXING CLEVER

TWO boys from the Widnes Boxing Club made their debut on Friday night at Ellesmere Port. Eddy Nolan gained a comfortable points win and nearly pulled off a knockout win in the second round when he hit his opponent with a left and right to the chin that made him very groggy, but the bell saved him.


Another lad, young David Hull lost on points, many thought he had won and coaches Jack Ryan and Paul Booth where so pleased with his performance are trying to get a return contest.

 

15 October 1998

BOXING CLEVER

THREE boys from Widnes Boxing Club have gained representative honours - two representing the North West against Knowsley and Merseyside and one Merseyside against Yorkshire at the Kirby sports centre.


David Hull won unaminously against a local boy P Flynn. He proved he had the fighting spirit but it was his nice footwork and boxing skills that proved to be the winner at the end.   David Heaton was way ahead on points boxing another local boy but, in the last 20 seconds of the last round, he hurt his hand and had to retire but everyone said David had won. Lee Bennett was representing Merseyside and he did not let them down.


He proved he had no intention of losing by showing his true boxing skill and stamina to win by a unanimous decision against B Rogers from Bradford (rep) decision against B, Rogers Bradford (rep) Yorkshire.   This proves that boxing is still alive in Widnes and hoping for higher honours in the future, so come on lads, training nights for under 15, 6pm-7.30pm, 15 and over 7pm-9pm.
We also welcome anyone who just wants to do their own fitness training on Monday, Wednesday and Friday above the Cornerhouse Pub.

 

25 November 1998

BOXING CLEVER

UP-AND-COMING young boxer David Dowman was pleased as punch after winning his bout at last week's schoolboy open championships at Orrell Park Ballroom.


David, age 14, beat Alan Higgin of Cavendish, Wirral who threw in the towel after the second round. Both fighters went into the ring having only one previous fight under their belt, which they both won.


Runcorn Boys Boxing Club coach, John Lally, who rates his young prodegy as a bright prospect for the future, said: "David fought so well the other lad decided not to come out for the third round!


"David weighed in at 7st 3lbs and Higgin was five pounds heavier. Normally I wouldn't have let the fight go ahead with such a big weight difference but David's a good lad and I decided to let him have a go.
"David did really well. He's a bright propsect for the future."

 


 
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