"Boxers" video star speaks out - Cornelius Carr's tale of 'more publicity from starring in Morrissey video than winning British title' - Teesside Live


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A world champion boxer from Teesside says starring in one of Morrissey's music videos earned him "more publicity than winning the British title".

Grangetowner John 'Cornelius' Carr featured in the indie star's video for his hit single Boxers in 1995, after Morrissey came to see one of his top fights.

Morrissey was a big fan of the boxer's and after the cameo, the WBF super middleweight champion remembers getting asked for his autograph in the street - but it was by Smiths, not sports, fans.

"I fought James Cook at Bethnal Green in London," John told Teesside Live.

"Morrissey was ring-side, but I didn't know he was there.

"I won the British [BBC Super Middleweight] title.

"One of his people came up to me afterwards and said 'do you know Morrissey?'

"I said 'what, out of The Smiths?'

"He said 'yes, he'd like to have a photo with you'."

Morrissey went to meet John at the post-fight party and was "pleasant, very nice" says John.

"A few weeks later they contacted us.

"Morrissey had a big interest in boxing, unbeknown to me."

The Manchester singer predicted John would go far on an episode of Jools Holland in 1992.

When asked who his favourite boxer was, Morrissey replied: "Cornelius Carr, have you heard of him? I think you will do."

"I couldn't believe it," says John.

Morrissey visited John again at Battersea running track during a training session to talk through his ideas.

In the video, filmed at London's York Hall where John won the British title a few months previously, he takes on an actor in the ring - and wins.

"The actor was really nervous because he was going to be fighting me," John recalls, "we did it all in a day."

John is a Super Middleweight Champion
Boxers was released to promote Morrissey's solo tour of the same name and reached number 23 in the UK Singles Chart.

"It's a good song, but it didn't do that well," says John.

"He wouldn't go on Top of the Pops at the time."

John says the appearance was a "great experience" and did help to boost his profile.

"I got more publicity from that than winning the British title.

"I was walking down Oxford Street and someone said 'can I have your autograph? I've seen you in the Morrissey video'."

A twenty-foot picture of John's face was also the backdrop for Morrissey's entire tour, as he discovered afterwards.
At the time, John admits, he wasn't the biggest fan of the young snake-hipped singer's music.

"As I've got older and the years have gone on, some of his songs are really catchy," he says.

"He has a massive cult following, people love him.

"It was great to be asked, it was a good experience.

"He's nice, a genuine guy."

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Sullen Ways

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Interesting article! Odd that they didn't mention he was on the cover of World Of Morrissey. And the Later interview was 95 not 92.
 
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Lujissey

Guest
I'm reading autobio, I love it, I didn't know that the nickname "Moz" had been given by Johnny M, who made a play on words, according to Morrissey they called him misero then J M said mozzerianos and from there short that word and they called him Moz, everyoneI didn't like hearing about Johnny's attitude, that's why Morrissey doesn't like it. For me it is very difficult not to call him Moz, and for me he sounds very affectionate, I say with affection moz for me it is an affectionate nickname and Morri is not at all misero, he is an incredible artist, so I will continue to call him Moz, without thinking about it because the fool J Marr called him that, my Moz mi Mozuchis is a great artist Viva Moz !!!!! With love
 

ACTON

Don't Leave Us In The Dark
Think he played "Boy Racer" and "Sunny" that night. The back drop was Southpaw Grammar cover, might be wrong 🤔
That's right. He was interviewed at the piano and there were two twittering twats tittering tediously behind him. Moz looked ace.

Now is the time to release Southpaw on lovely orange yellow red splatter vinyl.

 

joe frady

Vile Refusenik
That's right. He was interviewed at the piano and there were two twittering twats tittering tediously behind him. Moz looked ace.

Now is the time to release Southpaw on lovely orange yellow red splatter vinyl.



Probably Pulp babies. They're likely merchant bankers by now...

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Anonymous

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Does anyone know if Moz is still a fan of the gentle art of fisticuffs? Unless I've missed it, he only seemed to be into boxing (or at least, mention it in interviews), for this brief period of maybe 1 year, which seemed slightly odd. Was it just a brief passion?
 

The Wild Turkey

Wild T!
Turkerator
Does anyone know if Moz is still a fan of the gentle art of fisticuffs? Unless I've missed it, he only seemed to be into boxing (or at least, mention it in interviews), for this brief period of maybe 1 year, which seemed slightly odd. Was it just a brief passion?

Maybe Moz is a fan of Tyson Fury,
cause Tyson Fury is a fan of Moz.
 

Bluebirds

Well-Known Member
"At the time, John admits, he wasn't the biggest fan of the young snake-hipped singer's music." :ROFLMAO::ROFLMAO::ROFLMAO:
 

Emotional Guide Dog

Chairman Of The Bored
I'M OUTRAGED BY THIS RATHER MUNDANE INFORMATION FOR REASONS I CAN'T REALLY SPECIFY.

Yours sincerely
Uncle Skinny

PS I DON'T READ THE GUARDIAN, A BIG BOY BOUGHT IT AND FORCED IT INTO MY HANDS.
 
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Anonymous

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If Moz really can't get a record deal, and his musical career is over, I think he'd make a great ringman. Who wouldn't love to see him in the corner, sponging down his fighter, giving them a pep talk and maybe a gentle slap of encouragement on the cheeks?
 

Carlislebaz

Cock of the north
If Moz really can't get a record deal, and his musical career is over, I think he'd make a great ringman. Who wouldn't love to see him in the corner, sponging down his fighter, giving them a pep talk and maybe a gentle slap of encouragement on the cheeks?
Maybe in the next world
 

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