BOXING promoter Chris Sanigar, who spent his childhood in Devizes, was awarded the Joe Bromley Award for Outstanding Services to Boxing at the 65th annual Boxing Writers’ Club dinner.

Sanigar, formerly of Cromwell Road, attended Southbroom Junior School as well as Devizes School and his sister Ruth and brother Andrew both still live in the town.

The award was presented to Sanigar for almost 40 years of services to pro boxing.

Sanigar became a professional boxer in 1978, having represented England as an amateur.

Upon his retirement in 1984, he moved from London back to his native Bristol and guided Ross Hale to become the first man from Bristol to ever win the Lonsdale belt, then Glenn Catley to become world champion in 2000 and more recently fighters Lee Haskins and Lee Selby.

Previous winners of the award include Lennox Lewis, Nigel Benn, Mickey Duff, Howard Winstone and Nicola Adams.