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Boxing Trainer Brian Hughes’ Sudden Death Shocked Fans


We are sad to announce the great boxing trainer Brian Hughes’ death at the age of 82. He was MBE boxing coach for 45 years from the Collyhurst & Moston Lads Club and author of many sporting books.

On Tuesday, January 25, 2022, Brian Hughes’ death news was firstly revealed by BBTV BOXING, saying: “Legendary Manchester boxing coach Brian Hughes MBE passed away today. Brian created the famous Collyhurst and Moston Boxing Club originally.”

Unfortunately, nothing has been reported clarifying Brian Hughes’ cause of death and US day News doesn’t confirm or refuse any reason for his death, but we are waiting for more official information, so stay with us. However, he had unclearly talked about an illness many years ago in 2007.

Brian Hughes has died at the age of 82

Brian Hughes was born and raised in Collyhurst, Manchester. He boxed amateur but trained with the professionals in Jack Bates’ gym, where he saw his idols, Johnny King, Jock McAvoy, and Jackie Brown there; he wrote books about them.

He started coaching boxing at Collyhurst Lads Club in Manchester when he was 21. He had been Chief Coach here for 45 years.

He had produced Schoolboy, Youth, and Senior ABA champions at that time and two of his lads were in the Olympic Games and as a professional trainer produced British, European, Commonwealth, and eight world champions.

He founded the Collyhurst Lads Club in 1964. In the early 1970s, the Collyhurst Lads Club was moved to its present premises in Moston. Brian achieved even greater success, producing several British, European, and World boxing champions.

In 2000, he was honored by Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip for his services to the community and received an MBE. He had been titled “The Godfather of Manchester boxing” before he finally hung up his gloves in 2011.

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Reactions to Brian Hughes’ Death

Several fans, friends, and supporters reacted and stated their condolences on social media websites following this tragic news.

“RIP TO BRIAN HUGHES MBE. Fittingly dubbed “The Godfather of Boxing” Brian’s impact in the game is well known throughout the trade and his legacy will continue with the talented boxers at @collyhurstmostonabc under the tutorage of Pat Barrett and Thomas Macdonagh. We had the pleasure of interviewing Brian over the years and implore you to check out some of his wise words if you have time. A true teacher of the game who will be missed deeply. Our thoughts are with his friends and family and everyone he had a profound impact on.”

British Boxers

Paul Smith tweeted: “Thoughts and condolences to the family and friends of Brian Hughes. Massive influence on the fight game in Manchester & beyond. Helped mould many champions and even more good, decent people. Rest in peace x.”

Joe Gallagher wrote on Twitter: “Such Sad news to hear the passing of Brian Hughes a coach and mentor to so many that passed though his gym door. Thoughts and prayers to his family, loved ones & the team @CollyhurstABC.”

One wrote: “Shame to hear about the death of Brian Hughes. Manchester has a wealth of quality boxing gyms and he will of had at least some small influence over that becoming the case down the years. Farewell, Brian.”

Please kindly scroll down and use the comment box to share your feelings about the heartbreaking news for tributes and prayers. Please keep in mind that the family needs privacy; please respect them during this difficult time.

Mr. Hughes had married his wife Rosemarie, and they shared four children. Our thoughts are with @LiquidThinker and the family and close friends.

We are eagerly waiting to get your words if you have more information. More information will be updated as we receive it.

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  1. Anonymous January 25, 2022

    Rest in piece brian

  2. Paul Gunning January 26, 2022

    Looked after me as an eleven year old kid when I fought in the Manchester schoolboy championships at Willert St Collyhurst . Had some great kids at his club . Inspirational coach and father figure to many .

    1. US day News January 26, 2022

      So sorry for your loss, dear Paul Gunning. Brian Hughes was a legend and he will truly be missed. Our condolences to you, his family, and his friends.


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