By Jeff Powell For The Daily Mail
Published: 22:10 BST, 10 September 2020 | Updated: 22:10 BST, 10 September 2020
Alan Minter has lost on cuts for the last time. There is no coming back from the cancer which got the better of him yesterday.
Only in our memories of the hard-as-nails Englishman, who famously won, retained and then lost the undisputed middleweight championship of the world in the space of six thrilling months, 30 years ago this summer.
Minter has not quite made it to the September 27 anniversary of the night at Wembley when he lost to the great Marvin Hagler the titles he had won earlier that year in Las Vegas.
British boxing legend Alan Minter has died at the age of 69 after a lengthy battle with cancer
Had he lived these two more weeks or so, his recollections would have been painfully blurred by the blood which flowed from the gashes inflicted on his face by Hagler in seven minutes and 45 seconds of brutal punishment.
They would also have been clouded by how the racism which prevailed in some quarters of this country in the 1980s showed its ugly face as their man lost.
Not that Minter would have flinched from any memory of the landmark year of his life.
Minter who was born in Crawley in 1951 was one of the biggest names in British sport
He treated controversy as dismissively as he disposed of most of his opponents. As good as his nickname Boom Boom.
There were no frills with our Alan from Crawley. What you saw was what you got. And what you got was more than good enough for the majority of his rivals and for those of us who loved watching him give his all. In the epic domestic trilogy of bloody 15-rounders with Kevin Finnegan, all won as he made his name at home. Victory over the legendary Emile Griffith. The winning of British and European titles.