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Overview (2)

Born in St. Helens, Merseyside, England, UK
Height 6' 2" (1.88 m)

Mini Bio (1)

During the early nineties, Gary Stretch was the glamour-boy of British boxing. His good looks coupled with KO power in his fists ensured he was big box-office. He also made money strutting his stuff on the catwalk as a male model. Some said he earned more as a model than actually fighting, and his appearances in the British tabloid newspapers made sure that he was never out of the headlines. Stretch was an excellent amateur as a youngster and turned professional in 1985. He won the British light-middleweight championship in September 1988, then went on to win the WBC international super welterweight championship, beating Ramon 'Angel' Alegre at the London Docklands Arena, London on Feb 14th 1990 with a KO in round 6, in an entertaining and gritty contest that was billed as the "Valentines Day Massacre". In 1991 he finally got his world title chance when he challenged the colorful and eccentric Chris Eubank for the WBO world middleweight championship in London. 'Beauty v The Best' attracted the big celebrity crowd, and was a major sporting event that year. Despite taking the bout after almost a year out of the sport, Gary gave the iron-chinned champion hell for five rounds before the fight was stopped in the sixth round. After many unsuccessful attempts for a rematch, Stretch had one more fight then retired with a record of 23-2-0. Post-boxing, Gary was looking for another challenge and turned to the art of acting, In 2004, his hard work finally paid off when he was cast as psychotic gangster Sonny in Shane Meadows' gritty cult thriller Dead Man's Shoes (2004). Stretch received a BIFA nomination alongside another British talent, Paddy Considine. This picture finally earned Gary the recognition he deserved. He went on to co star opposite Colin Farrell, Angelina Jolie and Sir Anthony Hopkins in the Oliver Stone blockbuster Alexander (2004) World Trade Center (2006) (opposite Nicolas Cage), _Savages (2012)_qv_" (opposite Benicio Del Toro & Salma Hayek).

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Boxingmad

Spouse (1)

Roselyn Sanchez (9 August 1998 - 15 April 2001) ( divorced)

Trivia (1)

Was in a relationship with Raquel Welch during the mid-1990s. Raquel has children older than him.

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