Gary Stretch

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Gary Stretch

Statistics

Real name

Gary Stretch

Rated at

light middleweight

Nationality

British

Birth date

November 1968 or April 1968

Birth place

St Helens, Lancashire, England, UK

Stance

Southpaw

Boxing record

Total fights

25

Wins

23

Wins by KO

14

Losses

2

Gary Stretch (born in St. Helens, Lancashire) attended Cowley High School before becoming a British boxer and male model and actor.

During the early 1990s, Gary Stretch was the glamour-boy of British boxing. His good looks coupled with KO power in his fists ensured he was big box-office. He also made money as a male model on the catwalk. Some[who?] said he earned more as a model than actually fighting, and his appearances in the British tabloid newspapers made sure that he was never out of the headlines.

Despite winning the British light-middleweight championship, his big moment came in 1991 when he challenged Chris Eubank for the WBO world middleweight championship in London. “Beauty V The Best” attracted the big celebrity crowd, and it was a major sporting event.[citation needed] Stretch did not really train for the fight and despite a gutsy performance, fighting one weight class above his usual light-middleweight division, was ultimately outclassed by the iron-chinned champion; Stretch suffered a cut behind the ear in the first round and was shaken by an uppercut in the third. Eubank was down twice in the fight, in the second and third rounds, but on both occasions was judged to have slipped by the referee. In the sixth round Stretch had a point deducted for pushing Eubank onto the canvas; Stretch was then shaken by a right hand from Eubank who subsequently knocked Stretch down twice. The fight was stopped in Eubanks favour after the second knock down. All three judges had Eubank ahead on the scorecard at the time of the knockout. After many unsuccessful attempts for a rematch, Stretch had one more fight then retired. He currently divides his time between Los Angeles and the UK. In 2004, his hard work finally paid off when he was cast as psychotic gangster “Sonny” in Shane Meadows’ gritty cult thriller Dead Man’s Shoes (2004). Stretch received a BIFA nomination[citation needed] alongside another British talent, Paddy Considine. He went on to appear in the Oliver Stone film Alexander (2004).

Filmography

Tis a Gift to Be Simple (1994) Perry Truman

Dead Connection (1994) Richard Welton

Infidelity/Hard Fall (1997) Shane

Business for Pleasure (1997) Rolf

Shergar (1999) SAS Soldier

Dead Dogs Lie (2001) Duck

Final Combat (2003) Jaikra

A Good Night to Die (2003) Ronnie

Dead Man’s Shoes (2004) Sonny

Alexander (2004) Cleitus

The King Maker (2005) Fernando De Gamma

World Trade Center (2006) John’s Paramedic

The Commander: Windows of the Soul (2007) Jack Bannerman

Afghan Knights (2007) Nash

Tied in Knots (2008) Jay

Freebird (2008) Fred

Deadwater (2008) Colin Willets

The Heavy (2009) Mitchell ‘Boots’ Mason

The Girl from the Naked Eye (2010) Frank

Baseline (2010) Rob

References

^ a b c d e “boxer: Gary Stretch” BoxRec.com

^ thisisst-helens.co.uk profile

External links

Gary Stretch at the Internet Movie Database

Professional boxing record for Gary Stretch from Boxrec

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