- One Of The Most Inspirational Sports Speakers
- Awarded An MBE In 2004
Olympic Representative 1968 Mexico City
British Welterweight Champion 73,74,75
European Welterweight Champion 74 – 75
World Welterweight Champion 75 – 76
John H Stracey will always be one of Britain’s greatest World Boxing Champions of all time. He achieved the ultimate in December of 1975, when he became the undisputed Welterweight Champion of the World in Mexico City.
Before he reached the age of 18 John won no less than five national championships. When he turned pro, he had an unbeaten run of 28 fights in three years, winning the British and European and World Welterweight Championships in a career spanning 17 years.
Once his professional career had ended, John began touring the Country as an After Dinner Speaker, and is still very much in demand for personal appearances at corporate events such as Golf Days, Company Dinners, etc., He still enjoys his T.V. and film work and has appeared in such shows as “Minder” “Brushstrokes”, and “Eastenders”. He also appeared in the film “Hamlet” with Mel Gibson.
John played a major part in the success of the film “The Krays”, acting as Boxing Trainer to Gary and Martin Kemp for a full six months, before going on to choreograph the boxing scenes, which were acclaimed by the critics as the most authentic fight scenes ever used in a British film.
John tells stories of his East End upbringing and his exploits in the ring and his personality, combined with his natural Cockney charm and humour make him a joy to listen to. He always takes along his cherished World Title Belt for everyone to see.
“Last of the true World Champions. Always nice to hear about the greats that John met in his heyday”
– Gareth Chilcott, England RU International.
“To speak for 40 minutes is a feat. To keep the punters interested for so long a time underlines the extent of his talent. One of my favourites ”
– Emlyn Hughes, England Footballer.
“He makes you feel like you’re in the ring with him”
– Neil “Razor” Ruddock..
“John has the gift to keep the audience interested all the way through”
– Tommy Smith, ex England and Liverpool.
“Tells it as it happened. Doesn’t pull a punch and his London humour goes down a treat”