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Midland Red
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61 of 66  Sat 7th Oct 2017 12:51pm  
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Here is his record, Kaga Thumbs up
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Kaga simpson
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62 of 66  Sat 7th Oct 2017 5:45pm  
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Midland Red, thank you, three Coventry boxers fought him - amazing.
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dave owens
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63 of 66  Sat 25th Nov 2017 2:51am  
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On 14th Dec 2015 7:16pm, MisterD-Di said:
On 14th Dec 2015 6:39pm, Bags said: I remember in the 1970s there used to be a boxer ho was in the Evening Telegraph a lot. I think he was called Danny McAlinden. Could be wrong there. Just wonder what connection he had to Cov as he hasn't been mentioned here?
Ah, yes. Danny McAlinden, British heavyweight champion in the bad old days of our 'horizontal heavyweights'. It was said that his sponsors put their names on the soles of his boots. The spoof quiz question back in the day was "What was his last fight?" The answer being that he got a narrow points decision in the Mr George nightclub against Mrs McAlinden. Having seen professional boxing live, I have always said that anyone who gets into a ring for money is worthy of respect. But McAlinden is hardly one of the legends of British boxing.
In the mid 70s we drove down to the Albert Hall to watch Danny McAlinden on a Joe Bugner fight card. Also on that card was John H Stracey and I think John Conteh. I think it was that night he won the British title. My memories are a little hazy these days but I remember it was very entertaining night of boxing. McAlinden had this huge haymaker swing, it was like watching a drunk swinging at everything. Also on a very sad note I worked for a time at the Homefire plant at Keresley Colliery in the late 60s. One of labourers on our crew was Mick Leahy, a real nice man, but the punishment he had taken from boxing had left him in bad shape. He was an excellent fighter in his time, but he paid a huge price for his moment of fame.
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Kaga simpson
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64 of 66  Sat 25th Nov 2017 11:28am  
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My son is just about to step into the ring to 'ref' a fight between a Welshman and a Chinese, light middleweights - whoever he announces the winner will be in the top six of world class boxers.
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Kaga simpson
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65 of 66  Wed 29th Nov 2017 12:04pm  
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I'm sorry to hear Micky Leahy (he won the British title) wasn't so good near the end, spent many a happy time with Micky (he was quite funny at times), as I did with Les Allen and Jimmy Lynas. The golden age for Coventry boxing was in the fifties when Coventry had three good middleweights, and I was privileged to be friends with all three.
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Kaga simpson
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66 of 66  Wed 29th Nov 2017 4:45pm  
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Dave Owens. But they were nowhere near the league of three London boys in the late 80's beginning 90's, Benn, Watson and Eubank. Seems strange that the three boys, all worthy world champions, grew up at the same time, and had to meet each other. The best British boxing middleweights I ever saw, and they hit the headlines right at the time TV started to show fights. Later I met and watched hours of sparring and fights of the Eubank brothers and met that wonderful man Ronnie Davies (trainer/manager).
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