Steve Collins

Ireland's Greatest Professional Boxer

Steve Collins

Steve Collins is the most successful Irish boxer in professional boxing history, having held the WBO middleweight and super middleweight titles.

Also known as ‘The Celtic Warrior’, the Dublin-born pugilist is one of the finest boxers produced in the British Isles. He took on Chris Eubank and Nigel Benn twice – and beat them twice.

Winning 26 amateur titles before turning professional in Massachusetts in October 1986, Steve got his debut fight against Julio Mercado, knocking him out in the third round.

All in all Steve had 39 fights in his professional career, winning 36 of those – and 21 by knockout. He was also in line to fight Joe Calzaghe and Roy Jones Jr, but injuries and brain damage scares caused him to hang up his gloves prematurely.

In 1998 he appeared in the film Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels as a boxing gym bouncer, and a year later he made a cameo appearance in U2’s video for ‘Sweetest Thing’.

Other media appearances followed, on reality show Commando VIP on Channel Five and The Weakest Link on BBC2, and to this day he continues to appear in exhibition boxing fights.

Steve’s rise to fame and peak performance is a topic discussed often by Steve as a boxing speaker, discussing the intricacies of the process along the way. A wonderful orator, he mixes anecdotal tales of his times in the ring with invaluable advice learnt from a career in a brutally competitive environment.

To book ‘The Celtic Warrior’ to make a personal appearance at your next event or conference, simply contact the Champions Motivational Speakers agency via our online contact form. For further information, call a booking agent directly on +44 1509 85 29 27.

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