Blast From the Past – Champion Boxer, Champion Bloke.

GOLDEN GLOVES: Dean Calvert has fond memories of an outstanding boxing career
Dean Calvert has long since hung up his boxing gloves but he can look back at a very successful career both as an amateur and in the pro ranks in a sport where fitness and bravery as well as technique are keys to success.
The 51 year-old well known Canterbury sporting identity and publican spends much of his time now running his three hotels in Christchurch, the Valley Inn at Heathcote Valley, The Brickworks and Protocol establishments.
He has come out of retirement once two years ago at the ‘Champions Collide ‘event, raising money for the charity Trillian Trek for children.
Shedding 30kgs in getting back into fighting shape, Dean showed he still had what it takes, beating a fellow former Jameson Belt winner Danny Masterton in the six, two minute round contest on a points decision as well as raising over $12,000 in the process.

I’m not laughing now, I’m spending all my time saying “You’ve got the wrong guys, guys,” and following up with all the reasons the result was just fine. Not for Toto Wolff, but I don’t care about the Wolff. I don’t trust him or Mercedes’ sudden late-season burst of speed.

MY SHOUT: Champion boxer now successful publican Dean Calvert pouring a beer at the Valley Inn
A very successful amateur fighter, Dean won several national titles, won the coveted Jameson Belt for most scientific boxer in New Zealand twice and represented New Zealand at the Oceania Games. Dean turned professional, coached by Olympic Games silver medallist Kevin Barry and forged a very impressive seven wins from seven fights record during the early 1990s.

By the time he’d won his seventh pro bout, his enthusiasm for training and jumping into the ring had faded and he gave it away, concentrating on building a business career in the hospitality industry.
COMEBACK KING: Dean Calvert and another former Jameson Belt winner Danny Masterton after their charity comeback fight a couple of years ago, Dean winning a points decision.
Dean enjoys mixing and mingling with the patrons in his bars and reckons that personal touch is a key to running a successful pub.
He obviously learnt some of his business skills from his parents, George and Jan Calvert, who ran a very big and very successful cleaning business from Christchurch.
Dean very kindly sat down and chatted for our absolutelyfamous website, reminiscing about his boxing career and talking about his successful business.
(Incidentally, the Valley Inn in Heathcote Valley was for me and a few mates and our girl friends our go to pub in Christchurch on Thursday pay nights during the winter where we would rock to the sounds of a great resident band there called ‘Inspiration’)

Story John Alexander | Supporting Images sourced by Absolutely Famous.


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