Freddie Ludlow in the
ring with Ian John Lewis
The boxing community has paid tribute to a trainer who
helped nurture a generation of top local talent.
Freddie Ludlow spent 30 years coaching young boxers at St
Mary’s Boxing Club in Chatham including Johnny Armour, Mick
Fellingham and Ian John-Lewis.
St Mary’s coach Dave Bowler described Freddie as a legend,
while former Commonwealth, European and WBU Bantamweight champion
Johnny Armour believes his successful career in the ring is all
down to Freddie.
He said: Freddie used to work from 6am to 6pm but he would
still make time to go to the club.
"The training sessions we had when I used to go there were
unbelievable. Fred would take about 20 kids on the pads, one after
another. I don’t know how his arms took it.
“Before I started boxing I was a bit shy but Fred and the
other trainers built up my courage and made me feel like a million
dollars. He made me what I am today.”
trained Johnny from the age of 10 to 21 when he turned
He added: “Even when I turned professional I would come back a
week before a fight to train with Freddie. It became a
superstitious thing for me, I would have to come down before every
“I 100% owe my career to Fred. I would never have been
Commonwealth, European and WBU Bantamweight without him. He was a
top man and he will be missed by many.”
Freddie died on November 9, leaving behind wife Pat and three
sons Dean, Lee and Danny. Hundreds of people attended his funeral
at Medway Crematorium lastFriday.
Among them was top boxing referee and former St Mary’s fighter
He said: “Freddie was a great trainer. A lot of kids are
better off because of Freddie, even if they didn’t make it as
“He was so respected. You won’t find anyone with a bad word to
say about him.”
St Mary’s coach Dave Bowler said: “Fred was a lovely guy. You
would never hear him shout, but when he said something, people
“A lot of kids looked up to Freddie, he was a legend.”