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News Archive > Sport > Boxing enthusiast Clint pays tribute to ‘quiet man’ Johnny

Boxing enthusiast Clint pays tribute to ‘quiet man’ Johnny

By Gareth Davies 3rd February 2021

Boxing enthusiast Clint pays tribute to ‘quiet man’ Johnny
Former boxing professional Johnny Millington´s gloves and all his associated memorabelia have been donated to local enthusiast Clint Osborne to display in his shops

Tributes have been paid to former professional boxer Johnny Millington who passed away recently aged 88, writes Gareth Davies.

He was born and raised in the Channel Islands, but moved to these shores before the Second World War. After turning professional, Johnny fought seven bouts at middleweight during the 1950s.

After hanging up his gloves, Johnny returned to his home town of Alderney, Guernsey before leaving for a second time and in recent years, moved to Cornwall and lived in Tregony until his passing.

He struck up a friendship with local boxing enthusiast Clint Osborne, who also owns two barbers shops - one of which is in St Austell.

Speaking to the Voice, Clint described how their friendship rekindled Johnny’s love of boxing.

“Jonny was a very quiet man and had lived his life as a very quiet man,” Clint began. “Meeting up with me nearly a decade ago really reignited his passion for boxing and talking about it.

“He could talk to me about  boxing but people in his family were probably not interested in boxing. His knowledge of boxing was 50 years ago and he talked about people like Joe Louis or Randolph Turpin and he was stuck in that era. I thought that was great though as I would then spend the next couple of days googling who he was talking about.

“Johnny had fought some tough fighters on some amazing shows and he fought in an era where there was some hard men about. He fought in a time where people worked during the day and then trained in the evening.

“He came from an amateur era and even though he was professional, he wasn’t really fighting for much more than a few quid. Nowadays, good fighters are handled better by building them up so they can earn money further down the line. Back in Johnny’s day, you were matched up with a fighter and you fought them.”

Johnny’s family have donated all his boxing memorabilia to Clint and he is planning to display this in his shops as a permanent reminder of how sport brings people together.

“We had a great respect for each other,” Clint added. “Sport breaks barriers down and in this case, it breaks down generations because we were both into the same thing and very respectful of each other.”

By Gareth Davies 3rd February 2021

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