Boxing families meet up

David Goldring and Peter Vine
David Goldring and Peter Vine
Looking down London Road circa 1903. The Horndean Light Railway tracks are on the right.  Picture: Barry Cox Collection

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Last year David Goldring enlisted the help of Remember When readers to try to piece together the boxing career of his father Steve, uncle Rob and grandfather Frederick.

At the peak of his boxing career, in the 1920s and 1930s, Steve was fighting between 30 and 40 bouts a year – more than some modern professionals have in a lifetime.

Steve with the belt he won in 1934

Steve with the belt he won in 1934

In all, the welterweight stepped into the ring nearly 400 times during his years in the fight game, either as an amateur or professional.

Goldring (1908-1981) was born in the Charlotte Cellars pub in Charlotte Street, Portsmouth, where his father Frederick was licensee and also a pro-fighter.

At his peak he won the Clayton Lloyd Gold and Silver Challenge Belt for the middleweight championship of the South of England and held it from 1934-1935, after which he retired.

One of his last fights was against Harry Vine of Hayling Island, at The Ring, Charlotte Street, for a purse of £8.

David said: ‘He was never knocked out and was regarded as a tough, durable competitor, always giving good entertainment as well as displaying good ringcraft.’

As a result of the Remember When article, David is now in touch with Harry Vine’s son.

He continued: ‘One interesting sideline of this research is the contact I made with Peter Vine, who is the son of one of my father’s boxing contemporaries, Harry Vine, part of the well-known Havant area butchery business.

‘Dad and Harry not only fought each other three times, but shared many other opponents, too, during boxing careers that had many parallels.

David added: ‘Harry’s son Peter now lives in North End and we have met several times, sharing information and comparing family experiences.’