"Maker of champions" manager Lawless dies aged 76

"He will be remembered as one of the all-time great boxing managers," close friend Norman Giller wrote on the Sports Journalists Association website (www.sportsjournalists.co.uk) after being contacted by Lawless's wife Sylvia.

Lawless worked closely with the promoters Mickey Duff, Jarvis Astaire, Harry Levene and Mike Barrett who dominated British boxing from the 1960s to the 1980s.

(Reporting by Alan Baldwin; Editing by John O'Brien)