Phil Martin (boxer)

Phil Martin
Real name Philip Martin Adelagan
Rated at Light-heavyweight
Nationality England English
Born (1950-04-05)5 April 1950
Moss Side,
Died 27 May 1994(1994-05-27) (aged 44)
Boxing record
Total fights 20
Wins 14
Wins by KO 6
Losses 6
Draws 0
No contests 0

Phil Martin (aka Philip Martin Adelagan) (5 April 1950 – 27 May 1994) was an English professional light-heavyweight boxer. He fought during the 1970s with career statistics of won 14 (KO 6) and lost 6 (KO 4).[1] He went on to become a respected trainer.


Martin was born in Moss Side, Manchester, England, in 1950. He had a record of 14 wins and six defeat. The highlight of his career was beating former British Light Heavyweight Champion Gypsy Johnny Frankham over 10 rounds at Belle Vue, Greater Manchester, in November 1975.[1] His professional career ended when he retired after the Ennio Cometti fight in 1978.[1]

Martin went on to become a successful boxing trainer, after meeting with Chet Alexander who convinced him to return to a career in boxing as a trainer. Martin was involved and frustrated as a left wing political activist at the time of their first meeting and moved quickly into his more successful role as a trainer at the Alexander Foundation in Princess Road in Moss Side Manchester. After a fast growth teaching classes at the Alexander Foundation in Moss Side, Phil moved into his own premises a few buildings away, starting his own gym, taking disused premises in Princess Road, Moss Side, scene of rioting in 1981, and building the Champs Camp Gym. He steered numerous boxers, such as Tony Ekubia, Frank Grant, Maurice Core, Ossie Maddix, Ensley Bingham and Steve Walker, to British European and Commonwealth title bouts.

He died in 1994, aged 44, from cancer. The Champ Camp Gym was renamed the Phil Martin Centre in his honour.

Professional record

Won 14 (KOs 6) Lost 6 Drawn 0 Total 20
Date Opponent Location Result
1974-12-02 Pat Thompson
London, England W tko 7
1974-12-09 Steve Walker
Manchester, England W KO 1
1975-01-13 Harry White
Nottingham, England L Pts 6
1975-02-05 George Gray
Salford, England W KO 7
1975-02-17 Tony Allen
Manchester, England W Pts
1975-03-19 Frank Lucas
London, England W tko 4
1975-04-17 Pat Thompson
Caister-on-Sea, England W Pts
1975-04-29 Pat Thompson
Salford, England W Pts
1975-06-30 Pat Thompson
Glasgow, Scotland W Rtd
1975-11-11 Johnny Frankham
Manchester, England W Pts
1976-01-19 Danny Fontillio
London, England W Pts
1976-02-11 Carl Watson
Bradford, England W Pts
1976-04-28 Tim Wood
vacant British light heavyweight title
London, England L Pts 15
1976-12-14 Bunny Johnson
West Bromwich, England L tko 10
1977-02-25 Michel Dylbaytis
Saint-Nazaire, France W Pts
1977-04-23 Jannick Dufour
France W tko 3
1977-09-05 Rab Affleck
London, England L tko 3
1977-10-06 Harald Skog
Copenhagen, Denmark W Pts
1977-12-12 Louis Pergaud
Hamburg, Germany L tko 5
1978-07-01 Ennio Cometti
Milan, Italy L KO 7


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