Former WBO middleweight and super-middleweight champion, Steve Collins is a legendary Irish boxer. Not fulfilling his potential until into his thirties, Collins has competed against some of the best boxers ever to fight. A wonderful boxing speaker, Steve mixes anecdotal tales of his times in the ring with invaluable advice learnt from a career in a brutally competitive environment. Winning 26 amateur titles before turning professional in Massachusetts in October 1986, Collins got his debut fight against Julio Mercado, knocking him out in the third round. Steve’s rise to fame and peak performance is a topic discussed often by Steve as a boxing speaker, discussing the intricacies of the process along the way.
Spending six years in Boston, Collins gained the Irish middleweight title and fought many close bouts before moving back to Belfast under the management of Barney Eastwood. Trained by Freddie King, Collins won the WBO middleweight title in 1994 after defeating Chris Pyatt. Relinquishing his title the following year in order to move up to super middleweight, Collins defeated the revered long reigning champion Chris Eubank to win the WBO title. Consistent performance is an attribute relatable to both business and social environments alike, establishing Steve as a pre-eminent sports speaker on the after dinner speaker circuit.
Going on to defend his title on multiple occasions, including two fights against Nigel Benn. During the preparation of his latest title challenge bout, against a young Joe Calzaghe, Nigel became injured and retired in 1997 after a long journey in order to secure a fight against longstanding rival Roy Jones Jr. Despite an attempt to come out of retirement to fight his rival in 1999, Steve was unable to get his wish. Now an after dinner speaker , Steve touches on a multitude of topics, ranging from maximising success to drive & determination.
To book Steve Collins as the boxing speaker for your corporate event, function or conference, simply contact the Champions Speakers agency by emailing email@example.com or by calling a booking agent directly on 0207 1010 553.
When at corporate events, Steve is known to cover the following topics:
- Boxing Speaker
- Sports Speaker
- Peak Performance
- Achieving Goals
- Maximising Success
“Everything went great with Steve. Everyone loved that he brought his belt along and his stories had everyone engaged. He was open to chatting with everyone throughout the event as well and taking lots of pictures.”
“I am writing on behalf of HMS HERON PT Department to thank you for your professional help and assistance on this occasion. The evening was a great success and one that we hope to repeat again soon. Thanks again for your time and your first class service provided and the Royal Navy hope to utilise your expertise again in the future.”
Melanie Haslam – HMS Heron