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06-05-2009

The hunt is on for the oldest surviving member of one of Brum’s most distinguished boxing clubs, who’ll be celebrated at a forthcoming dinner. Dave Wodhall checks out the history.

Aston Amateur Boxing Club is one of the oldest and best-known in the city. Based for many years in the Holte Hotel, in the shadow of Vila Park, Aston ABC has produced a string of fine fighters.

Celebrating their centenary this year, the club is hosting the Owen Moran Charity Dinner and Boxing Event on Friday 8th May at Villa Park's Holte Suite, to commemorate this event.

The three-course dinner, hosted by Professor Carl Chinn, will be followed by a series of boxing bouts featuring some of the best young amateur talent in the region.

The Club is proud to present this very special evening to raise funds for the Birmingham Children's Hospital Kidney Kids appeal and the Owen Moran Restoration Fund, an appeal to restore a glorious old oil painting of this iconic Birmingham-born boxer.

Owen Moran, known as the 'Fearless', was born in Birmingham and spent much of his career fighting in the USA, becoming one of the first British boxers to appear at Madison Square Garden. He won a disputed version of the world bantamweight title and is regarded as one of the finest British boxers of the pre-war era.

A splendid old painting of Moran used to hang in the Holte Hotel and was rescued following the closure of the pub during the late 1980s. It is hoped to restore the painting to its former glory, raise the profile of Moran as a local sporting legend and ensure the painting – and the name Owen Moran – is preserved for generations to come.

During the build-up to the dinner, the club has been trying to locate its oldest surviving former champion. If anyone can help in this search, please get in touch (see details at bottom).

Tickets for the event, sponsored by Carson & co solicitors, are priced at £40 per head. Details about sponsorship and table packages are available on request. Tickets can be booked by calling 0845 527 6291 or emailing info@carson-solicitors.com.

For further information about the event, please contact David Carson on 07976 647563 or John Homer on 07973 639815.

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