Welch at Brighton & Hove ABC, in 2010
|Real name||Scott Welch|
|Nickname(s)||The Brighton Rock|
|Height||6' 2" / 188cm|
|Reach||75" / 191cm|
|Born||21 April 1968|
Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, England, UK
Scott Welch (born 21 April 1968) is a retired British professional boxer. As an amateur, Welch became one of the UK's ABA Heavyweight Champions. He travelled the world as a professional boxer, winning the Southern Area belt, the British, Commonwealth and WBO Intercontinental titles.
In 1997, he contended the WBO World Title fight in Nashville, losing to Henry Akinwande by a wide points margin. In the course of his career Welch had 26 professional fights, with 22 wins and an impressive 17 knock-outs.
In Guy Ritchie's bare-knuckle movie Snatch (2000) Welch played Horace 'Good Night' Anderson. His big fight scene with Brad Pitt has achieved notoriety, famously sending Pitt skyward a round before being 'knocked out'. Welch takes his acting fame with a big pinch of salt: "A film star lifestyle would be great if I hadn't done anything in my life, but I'm very pleased with what I've achieved. I've had my career. My career was boxing."
Welch's formative years were spent in the seaside resort of Great Yarmouth. Welch got into boxing at a local club.
Welch moved to Brighton when he was 16 and found it "a massive wow factor after Yarmouth." At 86 kilos, he was just too big to find a match on the amateur circuit. It took a couple more years, and some intensive coaching at the Hove ABC (Amateur Boxing Club) under Dave Brown, before his amateur career started. Over the next few years, Welch racked up an impressive amateur record of 30 wins against 8 defeats (5 of which he later reversed), culminating in the ABA Heavyweight title of Great Britain in May 1992. "In amateur boxing, every fight was a tough fight as we were all so well matched," Welch remembers.
Professional boxing record
|22 Wins (17 knockouts, 5 decisions), 4 Losses, 0 Draws|
|Loss||22-4||Julius Francis||PTS||26 Jun 1999||New London Arena, Millwall, London, United Kingdom||BBBofC British heavyweight title, Commonwealth (British Empire) heavyweight title|
|Win||22-3||Micheal Murry||PTS||30 Jan 1999||York Hall, Bethnal Green, London, United Kingdom|
|Win||21-3||Peter Oboh||PTS||1 Nov 1997||Kelvin Hall, Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom|
|Win||20-3||Yuriy Yelistratov||TKO||28 Jun 1997||Sports Village, Norwich, Norfolk, United Kingdom|
|Loss||19-3||Henry Akinwande||UD||11 Jan 1997||Nashville Arena, Nashville, Tennessee, United States||WBO heavyweight title|
|Win||19-2||Daniel Eduardo Neto||UD||9 Nov 1996||MGM Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Win||18-2||Mike Sedillo||KO||8 Jun 1996||Telewest Arena, Newcastle, Tyne and Wear, United Kingdom|
|Win||17-2||Joe Bugner||TKO||16 Mar 1996||Deutschlandhalle, Charlottenburg, Berlin, Germany||vacant WBO Inter-Continental heavyweight title|
|Win||16-2||James Oyebola||TKO||27 Oct 1995||Brighton, Sussex, United Kingdom||vacant Commonwealth (British Empire) heavyweight title, BBBofC British heavyweight title|
|Win||15-2||Julius Francis||KO||1 Jul 1995||Royal Albert Hall, Kensington, London, United Kingdom||BBBofC Southern Area heavyweight title|
|Win||14-2||Eduardo Antonio Carranza||KO||13 May 1995||Kelvin Hall, Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom|
|Win||13-2||Michael Murray||PTS||10 Dec 1994||G-Mex Leisure Centre, Manchester, Greater Manchester, United Kingdom|
|Win||12-2||Roger McKenzie||TKO||17 Sep 1994||Leisure Centre, Crawley, Sussex, United Kingdom|
|Loss||11-2||James Oyebola||KO||6 May 1994||Boardwalk Convention Center, Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States||WBC International heavyweight title, Oyebola down in the 3rd round.|
|Win||11-1||Steve Garber||TKO||15 Mar 1994||Mayfair, London, United Kingdom|
|Win||10-1||Carl Gaffney||TKO||21 Dec 1993||Mayfair, London, United Kingdom|
|Win||9-1||Chris Coughlan||KO||30 Nov 1993||Cardiff, Wales, United Kingdom|
|Win||8-1||Joey Paladino||TKO||6 Nov 1993||York Hall, Bethnal Green, London, United Kingdom|
|Win||7-1||Cordwell Hylton||TKO||5 Oct 1993||Mayfair, London, United Kingdom|
|Win||6-1||George Carmen||TKO||28 Sep 1993||York Hall, Bethnal Green, London, United Kingdom|
|Win||5-1||Des Vaughan||TKO||18 Sep 1993||Granby Halls, Leicester, East Midlands, United Kingdom|
|Win||4-1||John Harewood||TKO||29 Jun 1993||Grosvenor House, Mayfair, London, United Kingdom|
|Win||3-1||Denroy Bryan||TKO||11 May 1993||Sports Village, Norwich, Norfolk, United Kingdom|
|Loss||2-1||Gary Charlton||TKO||23 Feb 1993||Doncaster, Yorkshire, United Kingdom||Welch stopped on cuts|
|Win||2-0||Gary Williams||PTS||6 Oct 1992||Arenahal, Antwerp, Belgium|
|Win||1-0||John Williams||TKO||8 Sep 1992||Sports Village, Norwich, Norfolk, United Kingdom|
Still a fitness fanatic, Welch has raised huge sums for charity, completing the gruelling 250-mile Marathon des Sables in the Sahara, climbing Kilimanjaro and has tackled the Atacama desert.
Welch is Head Trainer at the Brighton and Hove ABC, working alongside his old coach Dave Brown. "I really enjoy it," he says, "I'm putting it all back in. We've got a few good prospects, and there's a lot of younger lads coming through, too".
iBoxing Trainer  is Welch's smartphone app designed to help youngsters get into boxing and is approved by the WBC (World Boxing Council) and the BBBofC (British Boxing Board of Control). By keeping things simple but comprehensive, Welch covers everything an aspiring boxer needs to get started and progress. "Learning the basics properly is vital. I wish I had something like this when I first started".
Welch is proud of his work with young boxers and has been recognised for his efforts with a WBC honorary belt.