Former world champion boxer Minter dies

Former middleweight world champion Alan Minter has died at the age of 69.
Former middleweight world champion Alan Minter has died at the age of 69.

Former world middleweight boxing champion and Olympic bronze medallist Alan Minter has died aged 69

Minter won the British and European middleweight titles before he was granted his opportunity to fight on the world stage where 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 rutlessly beaten by Marvin Hagler at Wembley Arena.

The Sussex southpaw ended his professional career the following year after being stopped inside three rounds by compatriot Tony Sibson, retiring with a record of 39 wins, nine defeats and one no-contest.

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, Antuofermo retiring after eight rounds due to cuts around his eyes.

Minter, nicknamed 'Boom Boom', 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 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 70kg fighters.

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.

Australian Associated Press