" Just received the sad news that my old trainer Tony Burns has sadly passed away.

I can't tell you what a massive part Tony played in the shaping of my life and hundreds like me. He dedicated his life to amateur boxing and the boys he taught.

Boys who came from the streets of London and with Tony's guidance went on into life, becoming writers, actors, policemen, politicians, top guys in the stock exchange, builders and even World Boxing Champions.

I last saw Tony when I was shooting a little film at the Repton Boxing Club, then for coffee in Pelicci's in Bethnal Green.

Today we lost a legend.

A real man of the people.

Rest in peace Tony and thank you."  Ray Winstone

By Vernon Etridge


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