sport news Boxing legend Alan Minter dies aged 69 after cancer fight

Boxing legend Alan Minter, the hard-as-nails Englishman nicknamed 'Boom Boom' who overcame cuts, adversity and tragedy to claim a world title, dies aged 69 after cancer fight Former world middleweight champion Alan Minter has died at the age of 69 The former Olympic medallist died on Wednesday after a battle with cancer  Minter also won British and European middleweight championships in his career  He won the world title from Italian-American Vito Antuofermo in March 1980 Minter lost the title to Marvin Hagler which led to a riot at Wembley Arena British boxing fans threw beer bottles and cans in anger of Minter losing the title 

By Jeff Powell For The Daily Mail

Published: 22:10 BST, 10 September 2020 | Updated: 22:10 BST, 10 September 2020

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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

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

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.

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