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|Real name||Charles Nash|
10 May 1951 |
Derry, Northern Ireland
|Wins by KO||9|
Charlie Nash, born in Derry, Northern Ireland, in 1951, is a retired boxer. As an amateur he held an Irish national title and represented Ireland in the 1972 Olympic Games. As a professional he won the professional British and then European lightweight titles but lost to Jim Watt, when he challenged him for the World Boxing Council title. He has given several interviews about having to check several bodies laid out in a hospital morgue in order to identify that of his brother William, who was killed during the Bloody Sunday incident.
Nash was a member of his local St. Mary's boxing club, and won the junior championships at provincial level. After winning the senior title in Ulster in 1969 Nash then won the Irish National Senior Title in 1970.
He was travelling back from a fight in Dublin where he represented St Mary's at the time his younger brother, Willie, was shot dead and their father, Alex, was shot and wounded during the Bloody Sunday incident.
Eight months later, Nash was part of the Irish Olympic Team for the 1972 Summer Olympics in Munich, Germany. Nash fought well at the 1972 Olympics and was knocked out of the competition by the eventual winner.
- 1st round bye
- Defeated Erik Madsen (Denmark) 5-0
- Defeated Antonio Gin (Mexico) TKO 1
- Lost to Jan Szczepański (Poland) TKO by 3
In 1975 Nash was faced with the choice to keep on fighting as an amateur or turn professional and decided to become a professional boxer in order to provide a living for himself.
His base of Derry was to prove a problem as many fighters used it as an excuse not to fight Nash.
Nash won the British and then European lightweight titles by fights arranged in the wake of abandoned vacant titles. The titles were left vacant by Jim Watt, whom many saw as running scared of Nash. It wasn't until 1980 that Nash finally got the chance to fight Watt - this time for the World Boxing Council lightweight title. The death of his manager Jack Solomon very close to the bout almost caused the fight to be called off. However, Nash found a new manager in Mickey Duff. This enabled the match to go ahead. Nash lost the match, and was bitterly disappointed.
Later that year he successfully defended his European Title against Francesco Leon. This gave Nash a chance to answer his critics after the defeat to Watt earlier that year, but he then lost his next defence to Giuseppe Gibilisco after being knocked out in the 6th round.
Nash fought four more times, retiring in 1983 after being stopped in 5 rounds by Rene Weller in Germany. He remained in the Derry area and stayed involved with the sport at Derry's Ring Boxing Club.
- Andrew Quinn "Charlie Nash - The Sunday Interview" The Sunday Journal, 2 January 2008.
- Peterkin, Tom "Inquiry into Bloody Sunday 'poised to reopen old wounds'", The Scotsman, 13 June 2010