Benny King: Tributes paid to renowned cuts man after he passed away this week | Boxing News

“He gained everyone’s respect as well as their friendship.”

Tributes have been paid to renowned cuts man Benny King after he passed away this week on the age 78.

A outstanding determine in Scottish boxing for a variety of many years, King firstly labored the nook as a coach after which turned a cuts man for an extended listing of fighters, together with Craig Docherty, Kevin Anderson Jawaid Khaliq, Tony Dodson, Mark Hobson, James Hare and Kris Carslaw.

Scottish promoter and supervisor Tommy Gilmour praised the loyal service and dedication of the Greenock man, his long-term good friend.

“He’s been my pal for 40-odd years,” stated Gilmour. “All the locations I went on the planet, Benny got here with me.

“There’s been a number of memorable nights. Craig Docherty obtained badly reduce and he’s saved so many fighters going. He was all the time effectively revered, irrespective of which aspect of the fence he labored for.

“His loyalty was past query, I assume that was considered one of his strongest factors. He was so loyal to me and the remainder of my household, that you would not have wished for a greater good friend, or a greater colleague.

“We took him everywhere in the world with us, and he all the time saved everybody collectively, and the fighters cherished him. He gained everybody’s respect in addition to their friendship.”

Gilmour revealed how King’s medical abilities have been even utilised throughout a late-night site visitors accident.

“We might see this lorry turning over, obtained out of the automobile, and Benny at that stage, he’d had a number of hassle together with his again, however the adrenaline should have been pumping.

“He jumped up onto the cabin, got the fella out. He had a cut eye and Benny says to me ‘Go and get my cut gear out of the back of the car.’ Benny patched the guy up at the side of the road until the ambulance arrived.”

Ring Announcer Craig Stephen recalled how King’s calm instruction as a cornerman helped Kevin Anderson to a British title win over Young Mutley in 2006.

“Benny told it like it was,” stated Stephen. “Kevin Anderson in opposition to Young Mutley, I wasn’t working the battle, however I was there and really shut to the nook. Kevin was in hassle, however Benny was simply cool within the nook as all the time.

“Kevin regarded up and went ‘he’s broke my tooth’, and Benny simply checked out him and stated ‘I’ll purchase you a brand new one’ and obtained on with it. He saved him going and Kevin finally stopped Young Mutley.”

Billy Nelson, who has educated a variety of Scotland’s most profitable fighters, hailed King’s professionalism.

“Benny was a popular and calm man. He had time for everyone, from amateurs to world champions.

“A wealth of knowledge about boxing. Just an all-round nice guy. You knew you had a solid, dependable man working in your corner, if he was doing your cuts, and he always gave you good advice after the fight.”

Fellow coach Colin Belshaw additionally benefited from the sensible phrases of King, who passed on his experience earlier than bowing out of the game.

“He worked with Kris Carslaw and myself in the British title fight against Brian Rose,” stated Belshaw. “Kris had a nasty reduce early on and Benny held that collectively from the third till the 12th spherical.

“He talked me by means of, helped me to do cuts myself, and I went on to work in that space myself.

“I think he will go down as an iconic name, a real legend. He put an awful lot of his life into boxing.”


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