Simon Euan-Smith can pay tribute to the 1966 Commonwealth Video games gold medallist
ROGER TIGHE, who died on July 1 elderly 77, used to be a effective newbie who couldn’t achieve the similar heights as a professional. Southpaw Tighe received the ABA light-heavyweight name in 1966, and used to be selected as English workforce captain for the Commonwealth Video games in Jamaica that yr. He and light-middleweight Mark Rowe turned into England’s first gold medallists since 1954. Each became professional quickly afterwards, with Rowe occurring to turn out to be British and Commonwealth middleweight champion.
Up at heavyweight, and controlled through former British and Eu welter champion Eddie Thomas, Tighe received his first 4 earlier than forgetting to duck towards big-hitting George Dulaire and getting stopped in 3 rounds. He went unbeaten in his subsequent 10 (one draw), together with two issues wins over Dulaire, earlier than a travel to Gothenburg led to a issues defeat through Sweden-based American Ray Patterson (who had inspired in visits to Britain with wins over main British heavies Carl Gizzi and Johnny Prescott). 5 extra wins, together with a sixth-round KO of long term British and Commonwealth champion Bunny Johnson and a tenth-round stoppage of Belgian Lion Ven in Ghent, satisfied promoter Sid Gould to carry professional boxing again to Tighe’s birthplace, Hull, after an 11-year absence – and Tighe naturally crowned the invoice, towards Leicester’s Rocky Campbell.
However Campbell received obviously on issues, with Eddie Thomas telling BN that Tighe had are available too heavy – 14-1 towards his highest preventing weight of 13-7. He would were a cruiser through lately’s requirements.
A travel to South Africa introduced a fifth-round stoppage of Jape Pretorius, and Sid Gould put Tighe on in Hull once more, this time towards former sufferer Bunny Johnson. The latter had discovered from his KO loss, and saved out of the best way for the whole 10 rounds. Tighe received obviously.
Returning to South Africa, Tighe scored an overly creditable draw with prospect Jimmy Richards. However he wouldn’t field once more for just about a yr – and when he did it used to be as “the opponent.”
In a nine-bout spell between 1970 and 1972 Tighe received one win and a draw, the latter towards former conqueror Campbell (who had scored a repeat issues win in Tighe’s earlier bout). He misplaced to former sufferer Johnson, long term Eu, Commonwealth and British champion Richard Dunn and long term British and Eu challenger Billy Aird – no longer taking a around from any of them.
After 3 years out Tighe got here again and had 3 extra bouts – all defeats. In his 2d bout he misplaced a quite shut verdict to Peter Freeman, BN reporting that “it used to be ceaselessly the 31-year-old Tighe who appeared the extra spectacular.” That earned Tighe a go back a couple of weeks later, for the vacant Central House name – however after being knocked out in six rounds (his handiest blank KO defeat, professional or newbie) Tighe introduced his retirement.
A skilful boxer and helpful puncher, Tighe completed with 21 wins (11 inside-schedule) towards 13 losses and 3 attracts.
Like many ex-boxers, Tighe turned into a publican. In later years he used to be landlord of the King’s Hands in Bridlington, the place his Commonwealth Video games gold medal used to be proudly displayed in the back of the bar. If his professional exploits couldn’t fit his unpaid, he nonetheless scored some excellent wins, met the most productive in Britain and taken professional boxing again to Hull.
Roger’s funeral takes position at midday on July 22 at Bridlington Prior Church.