Steve packed a real punch

Steve Goldring proudly poses with his boxing belt
Steve Goldring proudly poses with his boxing belt
A little fuzzy perhaps but here we see Portsdown Hill Road where it meets London Road. The George pub would be on the right behind the soldiers. 'Picture: Barry Cox Collection

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Goldring. The name could not be more pertinent.

At the peak of his boxing career Steve Goldring was fighting between 30 and 40 bouts a year. More than some modern professionals have in a lifetime.

Steve Goldring in a boxing pose for the camera, while on the left is Steve's contract

Steve Goldring in a boxing pose for the camera, while on the left is Steve's contract

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 is father Frederick was licensee and also a pro fighter.

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But now Steve’s son David is researching his father’s career and is appealing to Remember When readers for any boxing-related memories or mementoes which might relate to his father in the 1920s and 1930s.

By day Goldring dug trenches for Portsmouth Water Company, work which was as good, if not better, than any modern circuit training in the gym.

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, as the contract here shows, 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.’

There was something of a family tradition for boxing, for his father Frederick (1874–1966), the pub landlord, was also a highly-regarded and tough fighter, with a large number of contests to his credit. He had won Hampshire lightweight championship and, according to David, numerous successful fights against much heavier opponents. These were the day when competition was not regulated with much rigour.

David added: ‘Dad’s older brother Rob, though having fewer fights, was another popular and successful sportsman, earning a championship of Hampshire and Dorset in his time.

‘My quest is to establish links with any family members of former boxers of those years, when there were very large numbers of fighters in Portsmouth.

‘Are there any records of fights for either my father Steve, Uncle Rob, or grandad Fred that I have not found, any posters or photographs to share?

David Goldring is happy to be contacted at or information can be passed on via this page.