Gordon Ferris (born 21 November 1952) is Northern Irish
boxer who was both Irish and British champion in the early 1980s.
Born in Enniskillen
, Northern Ireland, and a lock-keeper
[Jack Magowan: Great Irish heavyweights are few and far between]
, ''Belfast Telegraph'', 6 December 2008. Retrieved 28 September 2014
Ferris had a distinguished amateur career, winning a bronze medal at the 1974 Commonwealth Games
and five Irish amateur titles.
['Boxing stopped me going off the rails']
", ''The Impartial Reporter'', 22 October 2010. Retrieved 28 September 2014
After missing out on selection for the 1976 Olympic Games
, Ferris took the decision to turn professional and made his pro debut in December 1977 with a win over Keith Steve Johnson. He won 14 of his first 18 pro fights, leading to a final eliminator for the British heavyweight title in September 1980 against Tommy Kiely
, with the Irish and Northern Ireland Area titles also at stake; He won on points over 12 rounds, leading to a fight with Billy Aird
for the vacant British title. He won by a 15-round points decision to become British champion.
[Ferris the New Champion Heavy]
, ''Glasgow Herald'', 31 March 1981, p. 28. Retrieved 28 September 2014
He lost the title in his first defence, against Neville Meade
in October 1981, losing by a first-round knockout.
He attempted to get another shot at the title but was beaten in a final eliminator in June 1982 by David Pearce
, after which he retired from boxing.
He subsequently ran pubs in Gloucester
Category:Male boxers from Northern Ireland
Category:People from Enniskillen
Category:Boxers at the 1974 British Commonwealth Games
Category:Commonwealth Games bronze medallists for Northern Ireland
Category:Commonwealth Games medallists in boxing