Whatever Happened to Britain’s Chris Finnegan?
By Robert Brizel, Head Real Combat Media Boxing Correspondent
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Of Irish descent, British southpaw middleweight and light heavyweight Chris Finnegan won the 1968 Olympic Gold Medal in Mexico City for Great Britain. Fighting professionally from 1968 to 1975, the native of Iver Heath, Buckinghamshire, United Kingdom, posted a record of 29-7-2 with 16 knockouts. A BBB of C British, Commonwealth British Empire, and European Light Heavyweight champion, Chris Finnegan is best remembered for his September 1972 loss by fourteenth round knockout to Bob Foster at Wembley in London for the WBA and WBC World Light Heavyweight title in the Ring Magazine Fight of the Year.
After regaining the BBB of C British Light Heavyweight title by 15 round decision over Johnny Frankham in October 1975 at Royal Albert Hall in Kensington, Chris retired after surgery to repair a detached retina. Chris’ younger brother Kevin followed in his brother’s footsteps, fought between 1970 and 1980, and won the British and European Middleweight titles. Kevin, who lost twice to world future world middleweight champions Marvelous Marvin Hagler and Alan Minter, in 2008. Chris later wrote the book ‘Finnegan: Self-Portrait of a Fighting Man’. Chris passed away at age 64 in 2009.