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Mick Callaghan, former boxer with a business brain

Archway-born Mick Callaghan was north London’s biggest oil distributor in the 1960s and 70s

13 October, 2017 — By Joe Cooper

Mick Callaghan on his bike as a youth

MICK Callaghan, a former boxer, social secretary and honorary president of St Pancras Amateur Boxing Club, died in his sleep on his 83rd birthday on September 24.

Mr Callaghan was born in Archway in 1934 and was a successful businessman, becoming north London’s biggest oil distributor throughout the 1960s and 70s.

He later went onto become a publican and owned clubs and restaurants including the Alexander Banqueting Suite in Finsbury Park and The Enterprise in Sussex Way. He was also the landlord of the Lamb Tavern in North Road for 12 years.

A more recent photo of Mr Callaghan

Mr Callaghan had five children, Bridget, Jacqueline, Michael, Roy and Marilyn with his wife Jean, who he married in 1952 at the age of 18. Mick spent his latter years with Jean on the Isle of Wight, a place he had dreamed of since the age of 16 when he cycled around the island.

His son Roy was junior club captain of St Pancras Amateur Boxing Club and Mr Callaghan later became the social secretary and president. He boxed for the club as a youngster when it was based in Prince of Wales Baths, before moving onto Linnhurst Hall and then onto Talacre Road, where the gym is still based.

His time with St Pancras ABC was one of the most successful in the history of the club, producing various numerous national champions including Herman Henry, Jimmy McDonnell and David Dent, and Olympian Mickey Hughes.

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