Boxer Steve needed a day job too...

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Clarence Pier pre-1936. ''Another view of Clarence Pier, this time from where the trams terminated at the end of Pier Road, Southsea. 'Picture: Robert James Collection

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David Goldring’s pictures of his father, the Portsmouth boxer Steve Goldring, provoked a fair bit of interest last week.

He is researching his father’s career in the ring in the 1920s and 30s and has sent another photograph of his dad doing his day job.

Although he had nearly 400 fights during his amateur and professional career, Steve still needed a day job to make ends meet.

But it was work which kept him super-fit – digging trenches in and around Portsmouth for Portsmouth Water Company.

Here he can be seen on his way to work somewhere in the city.

If you remember Steve or his brother Rob, who was also a boxer, David is happy to be contacted via e-mail at or information can be passed through this page.