Chris Sanigar

Chris boxed as an amateur 56 times for Empire ABC, Bristol. At the height of his amateur career Chris reached the ABA finals in 1977 and represented England on 3 occasions. In 1978 Chris moved to London and turned professional under the management of the late George Francis. George was one of the top trainers in the world and had world title success with John Conteh, Cornelius Boza Edwards , John Mugabi and Frank Bruno. Chris had 31 pro fights and the highlight of his professional career was winning the Southern Area Light Welterweight Title of Great Britain against Sid Smith. During his career Chris was a much traveled fighter boxing in France, Italy, Zimbabwe, Zambia (twice) and Australia. During his amateur and professional career Chris shared the ring with some of boxing’s greats including World Champions Lloyd Honeyghan and Terry Marsh, and also British favourites Sylvester Mittee, Najib Daho, Winston Spencer, Rocky Kelly and Dave McCabe. Chris retired in 1984 and returned to Bristol to train boxers at his former amateur club Empire ABC. Chris Sanigar Pro Record In 1989 Chris was granted a professional boxing manager/trainer license. The first boxer Chris signed was Kingswood’s Ross Hale. Ross went on to win the British and Commonwealth Light Welterweight Titles here at the Colston Hall in Bristol on 25th May 1994. This was the first British title fight to be staged in the city and Ross was the first boxer to win the British Title from the West Country. During this time the Bristol Boys stable emerged to become one of the strongest teams of boxers in the country. As well as training and managing boxers Chris became and established promoter in his own right. Chris’s next champion was Dean Francis who won the British and European Super Middleweight Titles in 1997. Bristol’s Glenn Catley, whom Chris had supervised since he was 14 years of age at Empire ABC went on to become British Middleweight Champion and then reached the pinnacle of a boxer’s career in May 2000 winning the WBC World Super Middleweight Championship. Glenn was voted British Boxer of the Year 2000 by the British Boxing Board of Control. In 2003 Bristol’s Adrian Stone returned from the USA where he had based his pro career to be reunited with Chris. Chris had worked with Adrian as an amateur at the Empire ABC. Chris led Adrian to box for the IBO World Title in his hometown of Bristol, unfortunately Adrian was defeated. In 2004 Chris promoted two of Olympic Champ Audley Harrison's fights in Bristol and London. Chris had his fourth British Champion when Scott Dann won the Middleweight Title in 2004. Scott became the first Plymouth Boxer to win a British Title since 1923 and the first ever to box for the title in his home town. In February 2006 Scott Dann and Bristol's Lee Haskins both won Commonwealth Titles. In 2008 Lee Haskins became Chris’s fifth British Champion and in 2009 went on to capture the Commonwealth Title. In 2010 Chris was presented with the specially created position of Honorary Life President at his old amateur club, Empire Amateur Boxing Club. Empire Club Secretary Martin Bisp explained "The Life President role is our way, however small, of recognising the contribution Chris Sanigar has made to the Empire club, boxing in general and most importantly the local community in Bristol." Chris success as a manager continued in 2010 with Welsh boxer Jamie Arthur capturing the Commonwealth Super Bantamweight Title. In 2011 Lee Selby became Chris's next champion winning the British and Commonwealth featherweight titles and is now regarded as one of Britain's top fighters. 2012 Chris in association with Mick Hennessey brought the Tyson Fury and Chris Eubank Jnr to the westcountry with a sell out crowd in Clevedon. Lee Haskins also became the first Bristolian to win a European Title defeating Stuart Hall over 12 rounds. 2013 saw British Title action return to the city of Bristol for the first time in 15 years when Lee Haskins won the vacant British Bantamweight Title over Martin Ward at The City Academy School. Lee Selby also continued his quest for world honours winning the WBC International Title and securing a top 5 world ranking. Chris is based at the Bristol Boxing Gym where he overseas the running of the gym whilst managing his boxing management/promotion business.