Alan Minter: 1951-2020
After over 100 amateur fights including winning bronze at the 1972 Munich Olympics Alan Minter set out on that long professional journey.
Early setbacks, tragedy, a classic series of fights with the under-appreciated Kevin Finnegan and Minter landed that elusive world title opportunity against Vito Antuofermo in March 1980.
The trip to America was worthwhile, the decision was disputed by some but Minter was the new middleweight champion of the world. A rematch a few months later removed any doubt, but his reign would end before the year was out.
Marvelous Marvin Hagler after years of being denied would rip the titles off Minter in 3 largely one-sided rounds on a night that shamed British boxing. Alcohol fueled yobs ruined Hagler’s moment and nearly so much more.
Minter set out on the comeback trail, but like many before him, found the climb back to the peak harder the second time. Less than a year after his loss to Hagler, his career was over.
A win over Ernie Singletary was followed by a close decision loss to Mustafa Hamsho which saw any lingering hopes of more world titles end. Tony Sibson finally convinced Minter his day in the sun was over. Minter left the sport with a 39 wins 9 defeats and one no-contest and a former British, European and world middleweight champion.
Sadly Minter passed away earlier this week aged just 69 after a brave battle with cancer.