10 September 2020 18:43
BRITISH boxing legend Alan Minter has passed away after a long battle with cancer. The former champ who had won the WBA and WBC titles died on Wednesday, September 9, in a hospital in Guildford, Surrey. Born in August 1951, Minter started boxing at an early age by 1972 he was selected for the Olympics and won bronze in Munich at the end of his amateur career. He went pro that year and went on to win the British middleweight title within three years. In 1980 he took a pop at the title by challenging the Italian Vito Antuofermo and won by split decision.
The two had a rematch at a later date and he proved worthy of the title by beating his opponent. However, his glory days did not last forever and he was beaten by another boxing legend, American 'Marvelous' Marvin Hagler. Before the fight, the British boxing legend was quoted as saying he "did not intend to lose his title to a black man," though he later denied saying "that black man". The fight lasted three rounds and started a riot in the arena at Wembley. Thank you for reading "Sad loss of boxing legend Alan Minter".
Just heard the very sad news that our boxing family has lost one of our own in former world champion alan minter. You'll always be a brutish boxing legend and a gentleman alan. My love & very best wishes go out to Ross & the whole minter family at this time.Ricky. X pic.twitter.com/UTXUYgnhxS — Ricky Hatton MBE (@HitmanHatton) September 10, 2020 Minter was cut under both eyes and took a number of heavy shots en route to being stopped in the third round, after which Hagler went on to establish himself as one of the all-time great 160lb fighters. Advertising Minter fought three more times after his bout with Hagler, outpointing Ernie Singletary before a split-decision defeat against Mustafa Hamsho was followed by another loss to Sibson in September 1981. Former world heavyweight champion Frank Bruno led the tributes to Minter, writing on Twitter: "Alan Minter RIP. "Alan and I worked together many times a great boxer in his day I would ask people to look at the old footage of him fighting a great boxer a sad day for British Boxing RIP 'Boom Boom'." Former two-weight world champion Ricky Hatton added: "Just heard the very sad news that our boxing family has lost one of our own in former world champion Alan Minter. "You'll always be a British boxing legend and a gentleman Alan. The former world middleweight champion Alan Minter has died aged 69, the British Boxing Board of Control has announced. Minter won Olympic bronze at Munich in 1972 and went on to capture the British and European middleweight titles before he was granted his opportunity to fight on the world stage. He claimed the WBC and WBA titles with a split decision win over Vito Antuofermo in March 1980 in Las Vegas but Minter's reign lasted a matter of months as he was beaten by the great Marvin Hagler at Wembley Arena. The Sussex southpaw ended his professional career the following year after being stopped inside three rounds by his compatriot Tony Sibson, retiring with a record of 39 wins, nine defeats and one no-contest. "The stewards and staff of the British Boxing Board of Control are very saddened to hear of the passing of former world middleweight champion Alan Minter," a brief BBBoC statement said. "Our sincerest condolences are sent to his family at this time." The former world heavyweight champion Frank Bruno paid tribute to Minter on Twitter, writing: "I would ask people to look at the old footage of him fighting – a sad day for British Boxing RIP Boom Boom." Ricky Hatton, another former world champion, added: "Our boxing family has lost one of our own in Alan Minter. You'll always be a British boxing legend and a gentleman. My love and very best wishes go to Ross the whole Minter family at this time." Alan Minter takes a shot from Marvin Hagler during his defeat to the legendary American in September 1980. Photograph: Popperfoto/Getty Images Minter earned his opportunity to face Antuofermo by winning eight fights in a row and the Briton was crowned world champion at Caesars Palace after a contentious points win in which the scorecards differed dramatically. But he dealt with his Italian rival decisively in their June 1980 rematch at Wembley Arena, with Antuofermo retiring after eight rounds because of cuts around his eyes. Minter was a national hero by this point and he returned to the London venue to face Hagler in September of that year, only to be over-matched against his American foe. Minter fought three more times, outpointing Ernie Singletary before a split-decision defeat against Mustafa Hamsho was followed by another loss to Sibson in September 1981.