On the subject of making history, Fisher was awarded Best Young Boxer of the Year, by the British Boxers Writing Club at The Savoy on 9 October 2023. Fisher recalled. “It was surreal. If you told me this was going to happen two or three years ago when I was at university, boxing part time and playing a bit of rugby and then trying to get through lockdown…..to now, being presented this award and being added to a list of fighters like, Frank Bruno, Nigel Benn, Ricky Hatton, Kell Brook and going back to Randy Turpin – that’s just unbelievable. Now, it’s up to me to not let anyone down, including all those names that came before me.” Mark Tibbs
added. “I was so, so proud. I had to sit down, sit back and reflect on the whole team and the work we’ve put into Johnny. I know it’s just the beginning with Johnny, but what a start.”
The most prestigious award to be
given out on the evening was also a member of Fisher’s camp. After almost seven decades of involvement in the square ring, Jimmy Tibbs received The Joe Bromley Award For Outstanding Services To Boxing. Tibbs expressed his emotions. “I find it difficult to put it into words. I’m still in shock. As we’re driving up to The Savoy, I said to Mark, ‘You sure we’ve got seats at this dinner?’ because he didn’t know where we were sitting or with who, and I liked to be prepared. Mark calmly said, ‘Don’t worry dad. We’ll sort it all out when we get there.’
Little did Jimmy know, Mark had an inclination that it was going to be a special night. Mark explained. “Colin Hart spoke to me a good couple of months beforehand. He said, ‘Mark, you need to get your dad to the Savoy for the 9th October. Keep it quiet to him, but he needs to be there.’ Colin didn’t let on what it was about and I didn’t ask if dad was getting anything and maybe what it was for, but the way
Colin put it across, I knew it was important.
“On the night, I had a terrible cold and half considered not coming along, but it would have been criminal to have missed Johnny and dad get their awards, not to mention catching up with so many old faces that I hadn’t seen in years. Me and dad both had a great night, but I’m so proud of him for what he received. We work so closely together and get on so well and I think that night brought us even closer together. It was brilliant and my dad’s had a smile on his face ever since.”
Back to Jimmy’s recollections. “When I got there, I said hello to Jim Rosenthal, Frank Bruno and a few others and never had a clue what was going on. Then when the speeches started and I was thinking, ‘I’ve had a really nice evening speaking to some old friends like John Conteh,’ and I was really glad I came.’
In the meantime, Ian Hart from the Boxing Writers Club is doing the build up to the last award and he mentions the person who’s won it was trained by Jackie Gubbins at West Ham and I said to the people to my left [Paul Zanon, Mike Costello and son Conor], ‘Jackie used to be my trainer,’ and they all nodded.