born: 26/09/1961, Ipswich
Kevin Pritchard began boxing at the age of 10, joining the English Electric ABC, and he later had two spells at Kirkby ABC. His hero was John Conteh. Pritchard turned professional as a lightweight in 1981, but he was really a super-featherweight, a category not reintroduced into Britain until 1986: until that time, he had to fight not just at lightweight, but also featherweight, light-welterweight and welterweight. He lost many fights, but his opponents tended to be of the highest quality: fighters who beat him included future world champions Jean-Baptiste Mendy and Colin McMillan, and future world title contenders Pat Cowdell, Najib Daho, Jean-Marc Renard and Jimmi Bredahl. In October 1990, Pritchard was given a British super-featherweight championship challenge against the previously unbeaten Hugh Forde, stopping the champion in round four to finally achieve some reward for his long-standing endeavours. However, he lost his title in his first defence to Robert Dickie after only five months. He retired in September 1991.