Tribute: Roy Woods

November 7, 2022 | by Matt Halfpenny


England Boxing is sad to learn of the passing of Roy Woods, a dedicated servant to amateur boxing for more than 60 years in a number of roles.

He started boxing when aged 12 in 1950, initially with the Lynn Regis Boxing Club, and then also boxed for the RAF during national service, where he became the Bomber Command Welterweight Champion.

Records indicate he competed for around 14 years and he had over 260 bouts, which he only lost 16, and became one of the first King’s Lynn Friars boxers to win a Norfolk county ABA championship.

After hanging up his gloves, Roy went on to be the youngest boxing club chairman in Norfolk, a post he held for more than 18 years.

He then become a judge and referee for the Norfolk, the Eastern region and then England which he continued to do until he was into his 70s.

Roy was also asked to judge at two Olympic Games – which he felt honoured and most proud of – but unfortunately on both occasions his late wife Pat was seriously ill, so he was unable to fulfil this life-long dream.

Roy’s family would like to advise the boxing community of his funeral details, which are as below:

11th November 2022, 11:30am, St. Botolph’s Church, Grimston, PE32 1BH.