Newark's Carl Greaves makes emotional Gibraltar return for Matchroom's rumble on the rock
Having fought in Gibraltar more than 15 years ago, Carl Greaves said the sport had brought him full circle as he returned to the territory over the weekend.
“I have a lot of history with Gibraltar,” said Newark’s Greaves, who stepped in to coach Birmingham’s Kane Baker on Matchroom’s show on Saturday night.
“It was a really big thing for me to go back.
“In 1996 I was sponsored by Steve Noble, who was in the civil engineering business, and he got a contract to work in Gibraltar.
“He moved out there that year and set up a business. At the time I was a pro and a few years later I won my first title.
“He became good friends with an amateur coach out there and they put on a show ‘Gibraltar vs London’ and I was invited out as a guest.
“I fell in love with the place. While I was out there I had a couple of training sessions with the amateur coach, Ernest Victory, and I really enjoyed it.
“I then set up camp out there for my fights and lived with Ernest and Steve.”
Greaves said he would enjoy camps in Gibraltar and travel back to the UK to fight.
“It was like that for a few years,” he said: “And then the idea of a show came about.
“In 2004, they worked with a local businessman, the late Andrew de Barr, and they managed to raise some money and some sponsorship to put on a show with six amateur fights and two professional fights.
“I was top of the bill on the first ever pro show in Gibraltar, so on Saturday night I passed the torch to (Alexander) Povetkin and (Dillian) Whyte.”
The rematch between the heavyweights, billed as Rumble On The Rock, at the Europa Point Sports Complex, Gibraltar, was won in the fourth round by Whyte.
Greaves also featured on the bill, assisting Baker for the show opener against Youssef Khoumari, however, the former lost by technical knockout in the fifth round.
“Sadly it wasn’t his night, but I have big respect to Youssef who was a lot better than I expected,” said Greaves.
The story did not end there however, as Greaves’ time in Gibraltar came full circle when he found out he was staying on the sunborn yacht where he married his partner.
“After boxing out there I didn’t go back much because I retired soon after, but I went back five years later and the place had transformed,” he said.
“When I went back there was a big yacht, it was amazing, and I told myself if I was ever going to get married again then it would be there.
“And, this is where it gets crazy, because in 2018 I got married on that yacht, and that is where we were put up for the fight.
“It was absolutely crazy.”