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Midland Red
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61 of 76  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 76  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 76  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 76  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 76  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 76  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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Midland Red
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67 of 76  Wed 15th Aug 2018 5:13pm  
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On 9th Oct 2016 2:56pm, Kaga simpson said: Roger Turner. Yes Randy came from Leamington, he had a brother Dick, also boxed, but there was always that 'rumour' they were a funny family. I think Randy once beat Don Cockell but you can find out from records. I think my old school friend Les Allen once beat Terry Downes but they did have some ding-dong battles. I got to talk to Terry a lot in the eighties as he was a fan of my son. If you google Freddie Mills and read, you will understand a little of the gangland in London of the fifties, you really had to have your eyes peeled.
BBC4 recently broadcast "Murder in Soho - Who killed Freddie Mills?" - still available on "Catch Up" I think Thumbs up
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argon
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68 of 76  Mon 12th Aug 2019 8:18pm  
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For those interested in boxing there was an informative film about Randy Turpin’s life on Talking Pictures a week ago. I have looked to see when it is repeated as it is almost sure to be but can't find it in the schedules for the next two weeks. It is titled Sixty Four Days Hero, A Boxers Tale. It is also available on the BFI site free.
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Kaga simpson
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69 of 76  Tue 13th Aug 2019 9:08am  
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Thank you Argon, I'll keep an eye open for that, yeh I saw him a couple of times at the races, and at the opera house were we both watched the film of his triumph.
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argon
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70 of 76  Tue 13th Aug 2019 10:57am  
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Kaga, It's a very revealing film about all his childhood and the time of his way up and downfall, interviews with his manager, second wife, and business partner 'warts and all'
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argon
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71 of 76  Tue 13th Aug 2019 11:03am  
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Kaga, I have just found it on YouTube as well, only it's labelled 'Randolph Turpin documentary'
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Annewiggy
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72 of 76  Tue 13th Aug 2019 7:24pm  
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My mum used to tell us she grew up near the Turpin family and they were about the same age as her. She said she used to be afraid of them and was told to stay away from them.
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Kaga simpson
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73 of 76  Wed 14th Aug 2019 11:15am  
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Argon. Thanks for the info. Just watched YouTube, took me back some. To me, if he had been allowed to continue as before the title fight I think he would have been ok, but he could not stand the pressure put on him. Those men with money controlled everything - if you didn’t do their bidding, you did not get the chance, but once things were not right they forgot you, you no longer meant money to them. There’s a lot behind the scenes the public never hear about. They showed the fight at the Opera Cinema a few days later. Randy sat in front of me, alone. I spoke to him, we talked of boxing and Robinson. Until that time I think the Mayor of Leamington would have had a different opinion of him.
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argon
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74 of 76  Wed 14th Aug 2019 11:51am  
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Kaga, Yes, it seemed to me from the reporter’s research that a lot of the problems were caused by big money men in all departments, and there were some pretty dark hints about who they were.
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Kaga simpson
75 of 76  Wed 14th Aug 2019 2:07pm  
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