Tribute to Mick Taylor
August 18, 2023 | by Nabillah Akhtar
England Boxing is saddened to learn of the death of Cambridge Police Boxing Club founder, Mick Taylor, who has passed away at the age of 78.
As we reflect on his remarkable journey, we celebrate not only his achievements in the sport but outside of it too and the legacy he has left behind.
Taylor spent 50 years being involved in voluntary amateur boxing and was also a former Cambridgeshire Police Officer for over 30 years. He is best known for saving numerous young people from a life of crime through the sport and initially began his Boxing Club for this very reason.
He began his career with Cambridgeshire Constabulary as a cadet in 1962 and retired as a DC in 1994.
He was an officer who covered the areas of Somersham and Ramsey before joining the bomb squad with the Metropolitan Police for three years and spent seven years with the Cambridgeshire bomb squad.
He was also an advanced level 4 senior coach and was involved with the regional and national teams, it’s to no surprise that many of his fighters went onto have successful professional careers.
Last month, Taylor was on the shortlist for an England Boxing Lifetime Achievement award and attended the ceremony in Sheffield.
Through his Boxing Club, he became a “father like figure” to many and helped to channel their energy into boxing.
Mick also inspired PC Chris Baker, a safer schools officer in Peterborough, to start Peterborough Police Boxing Club in 2013.
A devastated Chris said: “Mick was like a dad to me and his death came as a massive blow. Mick’s favourite saying was ‘Drink in, brain’s out’, implying the issues caused by drinking alcohol.
“Mick was my mentor in life and was always there for me. He guided me through some very dark and tough times and chiselled me into the man I am today. Without Mick, I wouldn’t be where I am today.
“I will continue his legacy and passion for diverting young people away from crime and disorder through boxing.”
Mick sadly passed away at 6.15am on Wednesday 9th August surrounded by his wife and three daughters.
England Boxing would like to extend its heartfelt condolences to the Taylor family and friends during this difficult time. May he rest in peace.
A Just Giving page has also been set up by Mick’s friends and family and they encourage donations to be made to the Stroke Association at Crematorium in his honour. Please click here to access the Facebook group which includes the link.