John H Stracey created one of the biggest shocks in British boxing ever, when he ended Jose Napoles’ boxing career in the heat and intensity of a Mexican Bullring. A former world welterweight boxing champion, John has experienced life at the top of his game and the training and preparation needed in order to do this, making him one of the leading boxing speakers on the after dinner speaker circuit.
Turning professional in 1969, John knocked Santos Martini in to rounds in his first bout. John went on to win his first twelve fights with eleven by knockout, proving his consistency and hard hitting punches were a formula for success. Stracey talks of his early career as a sports speaker, attributing much of his later success to his early preparation. John continued impressive form up to 1974, when he beat Roger Menetrey for the European Welterweight title with an eighth round knockout. Common practice in the 1970s was for continental champions to have a chance at the World title, and so John got his big break against Jose Napoles in Mexico City.
Despite being knocked down in the first round, Stracey recovered to close one of Napoles’ eyes and win the fight by technical knockout in the sixth round. A consummate professional, John arrived three weeks before the fight in order to acclimatise to the altitude and environment to ensure he had the best chance of beating Napoles. The desire to achieve and realise ambitions is often covered during John’s talks, creating an engaging and compelling mixture of anecdotes and advice as a boxing speaker.
In 1976, John retained his title against Hedgemon Lewis with a knockout in round ten. However later that year lost his crown as the best Welterweight in the world by losing to Carlos Palomino at Wembley Stadium. Stracey retired as a winner in 1978, knocking out George Warusfel in nine rounds. John enjoyed an illustrious career, beating legends of the sport and enjoying his time as the world’s best. As a boxing speaker, John speaks of the mindset needed to realise ambitions and achieve goals consistently.
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