Ross Hale

Ross Hale from Kingswood, Bristol was the first professional boxer to be managed by Chris Sanigar.  Undefeated in his first 12 fights Ross won the Western Area Title against Yeovil's Julian Eavis with an 8th round KO on 7th July 1992.  Ross "The Rooster" Hale, went on to win the British and Commonwealth Light-welter titles with a third round TKO victory over Andy Holligan on the 25th May 1994 at the Colston Hall, Bristol. This was the first time in history a boxer from Bristol had won the Lonsdale belt.  Hale's first defence came on the 3rd August 1994 when he stopped Hugh Forde in the seventh round.

His next defence was a 12 round points decision over Malcolm Melvin on February 18th 1995 followed by a solely Commonwealth title defence against Shaun Cogan in May. Both of Ross' titles were on the line on the 28th October 1995 when he knocked out Charlie Kane in the 2nd round and the same was true on December 9th 1995 when he was stopped in the first round by Paul Ryan to lose his titles. Hale moved up to Welterweight where he was unsuccessful in an October 1998 bid for the British title, getting stopped in the 4th round by Geoff McCreesh. It would be Ross' last fight and he retired with a 29-4 (18 KOs) record.