Gordon (Pop) Day with other boxers at Ely club.
How I Became a boxer by Gordon (POP) Day
At the age of five I started at Wilburton school. All was well until I was about eight when, I started being bullied, by the time Iwas 10yrs old I decided I had had enough and would retaliate. when another boy at school started to bully me I answered him back. He then says he would give me a good hiding so I said come on then. He then hit me and I then hit him back. That started a fight to the amusement of the school who gathered round to watch. From then on I didn’t look back.
At the age of 15yrs I joined the Ely Amateur Boxing Club where I was trained to box by Wally Reditt who was the Eastern Area Champion. I had my first boxing match at the age of16yrs & won a number of cups from then on I had a number of bouts by the time I was between 18 and 19yrs I turned professional. Again I was trained by Wally Reditt and my manager was Fred Green from Chatteris. I had a number of boxing matches during my professional life one of which was fought at Wembley Stadium.
When I was called into the army I was not allowed to box as I was professional so I trained an amateur army team. On leaving from the Army I again joined the Ely Amateur Club where I helped to train and to this day I’m still interested in boxing.