Scott Welch

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Scott Welch
Welch at Brighton & Hove ABC, in 2010
Real nameScott Welch
Nickname(s)The Brighton Rock
Height6' 2" / 188cm
Reach75" / 191cm
Born (1968-04-21) 21 April 1968 (age 50)
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.

Since his retirement in 1999, Welch has worked alongside his old coach Dave Brown, as head trainer at the Brighton and Hove ABC.[1]

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."

Early years[edit]

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[edit]

Professional boxing record for Scott Welch from BoxRec

22 Wins (17 knockouts, 5 decisions), 4 Losses, 0 Draws[2]
Res. Record Opponent Type Date Location Notes
Loss 22-4 United Kingdom Julius Francis PTS 26 Jun 1999 United Kingdom New London Arena, Millwall, London, United Kingdom BBBofC British heavyweight title, Commonwealth (British Empire) heavyweight title
Win 22-3 United Kingdom Micheal Murry PTS 30 Jan 1999 United Kingdom York Hall, Bethnal Green, London, United Kingdom
Win 21-3 United Kingdom Peter Oboh PTS 1 Nov 1997 United Kingdom Kelvin Hall, Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom
Win 20-3 Ukraine Yuriy Yelistratov TKO 28 Jun 1997 United Kingdom Sports Village, Norwich, Norfolk, United Kingdom
Loss 19-3 United Kingdom Henry Akinwande UD 11 Jan 1997 United States Nashville Arena, Nashville, Tennessee, United States WBO heavyweight title
Win 19-2 Argentina Daniel Eduardo Neto UD 9 Nov 1996 United States MGM Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 18-2 United States Mike Sedillo KO 8 Jun 1996 United Kingdom Telewest Arena, Newcastle, Tyne and Wear, United Kingdom
Win 17-2 United Kingdom Joe Bugner TKO 16 Mar 1996 Germany Deutschlandhalle, Charlottenburg, Berlin, Germany vacant WBO Inter-Continental heavyweight title
Win 16-2 United Kingdom James Oyebola TKO 27 Oct 1995 United Kingdom Brighton, Sussex, United Kingdom vacant Commonwealth (British Empire) heavyweight title, BBBofC British heavyweight title
Win 15-2 United Kingdom Julius Francis KO 1 Jul 1995 United Kingdom Royal Albert Hall, Kensington, London, United Kingdom BBBofC Southern Area heavyweight title
Win 14-2 Spain Eduardo Antonio Carranza KO 13 May 1995 United Kingdom Kelvin Hall, Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom
Win 13-2 United Kingdom Michael Murray PTS 10 Dec 1994 United Kingdom G-Mex Leisure Centre, Manchester, Greater Manchester, United Kingdom
Win 12-2 United Kingdom Roger McKenzie TKO 17 Sep 1994 United KingdomLeisure Centre, Crawley, Sussex, United Kingdom
Loss 11-2 United Kingdom James Oyebola KO 6 May 1994 United StatesBoardwalk Convention Center, Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States WBC International heavyweight title, Oyebola down in the 3rd round.
Win 11-1 United Kingdom Steve Garber TKO 15 Mar 1994 United KingdomMayfair, London, United Kingdom
Win 10-1 United Kingdom Carl Gaffney TKO 21 Dec 1993 United KingdomMayfair, London, United Kingdom
Win 9-1 United Kingdom Chris Coughlan KO 30 Nov 1993 United KingdomCardiff, Wales, United Kingdom
Win 8-1 United Kingdom Joey Paladino TKO 6 Nov 1993 United KingdomYork Hall, Bethnal Green, London, United Kingdom
Win 7-1 United Kingdom Cordwell Hylton TKO 5 Oct 1993 United KingdomMayfair, London, United Kingdom
Win 6-1 United Kingdom George Carmen TKO 28 Sep 1993 United KingdomYork Hall, Bethnal Green, London, United Kingdom
Win 5-1 United Kingdom Des Vaughan TKO 18 Sep 1993 United KingdomGranby Halls, Leicester, East Midlands, United Kingdom
Win 4-1 United Kingdom John Harewood TKO 29 Jun 1993 United KingdomGrosvenor House, Mayfair, London, United Kingdom
Win 3-1 United Kingdom Denroy Bryan TKO 11 May 1993 United KingdomSports Village, Norwich, Norfolk, United Kingdom
Loss 2-1 United Kingdom Gary Charlton TKO 23 Feb 1993 United KingdomDoncaster, Yorkshire, United Kingdom Welch stopped on cuts
Win 2-0 United Kingdom Gary Williams PTS 6 Oct 1992 BelgiumArenahal, Antwerp, Belgium
Win 1-0 United Kingdom John Williams TKO 8 Sep 1992 United KingdomSports Village, Norwich, Norfolk, United Kingdom

Current activities[edit]

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 [3][4] 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.

Welch purchased and restored Thorington Gate Lodge in Suffolk, which had been derelict for 20 years. The project was featured on the television series The Restoration Man in 2010.[5]


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  2. ^ "BoxRec - Scott Welch".
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  5. ^ "The Restoration Man Series 1 - 6. Thorington Gate Lodge, Suffolk". Radio Times. Retrieved 8 October 2015.

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