Alan Minter

Alan Sydney Minter (17 August 1951 – 9 September 2020) was a British professional boxer who competed from 1972 to 1981. He held the undisputed middleweight title in 1980, having previously held the British middleweight title from 1975 to 1976, and the European middleweight title twice between 1977 and 1979. As an amateur, Minter won a bronze medal in the light-middleweight division at the 1972 Summer Olympics.

Alan Minter
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Alan Minter in 2005
Statistics
Nickname(s)Boom Boom, Minty
Weight(s)Middleweight
Height6 ft (183 cm)
Reach71 in (180 cm)
NationalityBritish
Born(1951-08-17)17 August 1951
Penge, Bromley, Kent, England
Died9 September 2020(2020-09-09) (aged 69)
Guildford, Surrey, England
StanceSouthpaw
Boxing record
Total fights49
Wins39
Wins by KO23
Losses9
No contests1

Early lifeEdit

Minter was the son of Syd and Anne Minter. His father was a plasterer.[1] He was born in Penge, Bromley, Kent, and his family moved to Crawley a large town between London and Brighton when he was a child.

Amateur careerEdit

Because Minter was the 1971 Amateur Boxing Association of England Middleweight Champion, he was selected to box for UK in the Olympics 1972.[2] He won a bronze medal at the 1972 Munich Olympic Games in the light-middleweight classification, losing in the semifinal to Dieter Kottysch of West Germany by a 3-2 marginal decision which was hotly disputed.[2] Kottysch went on to win the gold medal.[2]

1972 Olympic resultsEdit

Minter's results at the 1972 Munich Olympics are as follows:[3]

  • Round of 64: bye
  • Round of 32: Defeated Reggie Ford (Guyana) by second-round knockout
  • Round of 16: Defeated Valeri Tregubov (Soviet Union) by decision, 5–0
  • Quarterfinal: Defeated Loucif Hamani (Algeria) by decision, 4–1
  • Semifinal: Lost to Dieter Kottysch (West Germany) by decision, 2–3 (was awarded bronze medal)[4]

Professional careerEdit

Minter began his professional career with 11 straight wins,[5] the first against Maurice Thomas in London on 31 October 1972, winning by knock-out in the 6th round.[6] Minter won his first five fights by knockout until 16 January 1973, when Pat Dwyer went the distance, Minter taking the fight on points.[5] Minter won his next five fights, three by knockout,[5] before being defeated for the first time after the referee stopped the fight in the eighth round against "Scottish" Don McMillan due to bad cuts suffered by Minter. Two more wins followed before facing Jan Magdziarz, who beat him twice in a row (once in the eighth and once in the sixth) again due to cuts.[5]

1974 was a mixed year for Minter, beating Tony Byrne by a decision in eight,[5] losing in two to Ricky Torres (again on cuts),[5] having a third fight with Magdziarz, resulting in a no contest,[5] closing the year with a win against Shako Mamba in Hamburg, Germany.[5]

In 1975, he won four fights in a row, including another bout in Hamburg and, by the end of the year, he challenged Kevin Finnegan for the British Middleweight title, winning it by a 15-round decision.[6]

In 1976, he won six fights, to extend his streak to ten consecutive wins.[5] Among the boxers he beat were Billy Knight by a knockout[5] and Finnegan once again, by decision in 15,[5] both in defence of his British title,[5] along with former world title challenger Tony Licata,[5] knocked out in six and United States Olympic Games Gold medal winner Sugar Ray Seales,[5] in five rounds. These wins gave Minter a ranking among the top ten Middleweight challengers.[5]

In 1977, he won the European Middleweight title by beating Germano Valsecchi by a knockout in five in Italy.[6] But in his next fight his winning streak ended when he lost to former world title challenger Ronnie Harris by a knockout in eight.[5] Minter returned to top ten challenger status by upsetting the former World Welterweight and Light Middleweight Champion Emile Griffith with a ten-round decision win in Monte Carlo,[5] but then he lost his European title to Gratien Tonna by a knockout in eight at Milan.[5] He closed '77 with a third 15-round decision win over Finnegan to retain his British title.[5]

1978 was a sad year for Minter, although he won all three of his bouts. On 15 February, at the Muhammad AliLeon Spinks I undercard in Las Vegas, Nevada, he won his first bout in the United States by knocking out Sandy Torres in five.[5] Then, he went to Italy once again to regain his European Middleweight title by knocking out Angelo Jacopucci in twelve rounds.[5] Jacopucci died a few days afterwards, due to injuries sustained in the bout.[7] Minter finished his year by avenging his loss to Tonna with a six-round knockout.[5]

In 1979, Minter won all four of his fights, two of them by knockout. On 16 March 1980, in Las Vegas, he was given a shot at World Middleweight Champion Vito Antuofermo's title at Caesars Palace. He won the title by a 15-round split decision[6] in which the judges' scorecards varied wildly. A Venezuelan judge had Minter losing the fight, while the British judge had Minter winning 13 of the 15 rounds. In a rematch held in London, Minter retained the world title by a TKO in eight rounds.[5]

On 27 September 1980, Minter's short run as world champion came to an abrupt end when he was stopped on cuts in the third round against 'Marvelous' Marvin Hagler at Wembley Arena in London.[8] The fight was controversial owing to a perceived racial remark made during the build-up, which Minter had later tried to qualify, and then by a crowd riot once the referee had agreed with Minter's corner that he was unable to continue, with chairs, bottles and glasses being hurled into the ring after the decision.[9]

Minter beat fringe contender Ernie Singletary in London, in 1981,[5] but after losses to future Hagler challengers Mustafa Hamsho in Las Vegas[5] and Tony Sibson in London,[5] he retired for good.[6]

He left boxing with a record of 39 wins, 9 losses and 1 no contest, with 23 wins by knockout.[6][5]

DeathEdit

Minter died of cancer in September 2020, in Guildford at the age of 69.[7][10]

Professional boxing recordEdit

Professional record summary
49 fights 39 wins 9 losses
By knockout 23 8
By decision 16 1
No contests 1
No. Result Record Opponent Type Round, time Date Location Notes
49 Loss 39–9 (1)   Tony Sibson TKO 3 (12), 1:59 15 September 1981   Wembley Arena, London, England For European middleweight title
48 Loss 39–8 (1)   Mustafa Hamsho SD 10 6 June 1981   Caesars Palace, Paradise, Nevada, US
47 Win 39–7 (1)   Ernie Singletary PTS 10 17 March 1981   Wembley Arena, London, England
46 Loss 38–7 (1)   Marvin Hagler TKO 3 (15), 1:45 27 September 1980   Wembley Arena, London, England Lost WBA, WBC, and The Ring middleweight titles
45 Win 38–6 (1)   Vito Antuofermo RTD 8 (15) 28 June 1980   Wembley Arena, London, England Retained WBA, WBC, and The Ring middleweight titles
44 Win 37–6 (1)   Vito Antuofermo SD 15 16 March 1980   Caesars Palace, Paradise, Nevada, US Won WBA, WBC, and The Ring middleweight titles
43 Win 36–6 (1)   Doug Demmings PTS 10 23 October 1979   Wembley Conference Centre, London, England
42 Win 35–6 (1)   Monty Betham TKO 2 (10), 1:05 26 June 1979   Wembley Arena, London, England
41 Win 34–6 (1)   Renato Garcia TKO 9 (10), 2:40 1 May 1979   Wembley Arena, London, England
40 Win 33–6 (1)   Rudy Robles PTS 10 6 February 1979   Wembley Conference Centre, London, England
39 Win 32–6 (1)   Gratien Tonna RTD 6 (15) 7 November 1978   Empire Pool, London, England Retained European middleweight title
38 Win 31–6 (1)   Angelo Jacopucci KO 12 (15) 19 July 1978   Municipal Stadium, Bellaria, Italy Won vacant European middleweight title. Jacopucci died of injuries sustained in this bout.[11]
37 Win 30–6 (1)   Sandy Torres KO 5 (10), 1:57 15 February 1978   Las Vegas Hilton, Winchester, Nevada, US
36 Win 29–6 (1)   Kevin Finnegan PTS 15 8 November 1977   Empire Pool, London, England Won vacant British middleweight title
35 Loss 28–6 (1)   Gratien Tonna TKO 8 (15), 1:10 21 September 1977   Palasport di San Siro, Milan, Italy Lost European middleweight title
34 Win 28–5 (1)   Emile Griffith PTS 10 30 July 1977   Stade Louis II, Monte Carlo, Monaco
33 Loss 27–5 (1)   Ronnie Harris TKO 8 (10), 3:00 12 April 1977   Royal Albert Hall, London, England
32 Win 27–4 (1)   Germano Valsecchi KO 5 (15) 4 February 1977   Palasport di San Siro, Milan, Italy Won European middleweight title
31 Win 26–4 (1)   Sugar Ray Seales TKO 5 (10), 2:14 7 December 1976   Royal Albert Hall, London, England
30 Win 25–4 (1)   Tony Licata TKO 6 (10), 1:30 9 November 1976   Empire Pool, London, England
29 Win 24–4 (1)   Kevin Finnegan PTS 15 14 September 1976   Royal Albert Hall, London, England Retained British middleweight title
28 Win 23–4 (1)   Frank Reiche TKO 8 (10) 24 May 1976   Olympiahalle, Munich, West Germany
27 Win 22–4 (1)   Billy Knight TKO 2 (15), 3:00 27 April 1976   Royal Albert Hall, London, England Retained British middleweight title
26 Win 21–4 (1)   Trevor Francis TKO 8 (10), 1:05 20 January 1976   Royal Albert Hall, London, England
25 Win 20–4 (1)   Kevin Finnegan PTS 15 4 November 1975   Empire Pool, London, England Won vacant British middleweight title
24 Win 19–4 (1)   Peter Wulf KO 6 (10) 30 May 1975   Hamburg, West Germany
23 Win 18–4 (1)   Larry Paul PTS 10 25 March 1975   Royal Albert Hall, London, England
22 Win 17–4 (1)   Tony Allen PTS 8 10 February 1975   Hilton on Park Lane, London, England
21 Win 16–4 (1)   Henry Cooper KO 1 (8), 2:25 20 January 1975   Hilton on Park Lane, London, England
20 Win 15–4 (1)   Shako Mamba PTS 8 30 November 1974   Munich, West Germany
19 NC 14–4 (1)   Jan Magdziarz NC 4 (10) 29 October 1974   Royal Albert Hall, London, England NC after both boxers were disqualified for inactivity
18 Loss 14–4   Ricky Ortiz TKO 2 (10) 21 May 1974   Empire Pool, London, England
17 Win 14–3   Tony Byrne PTS 8 26 March 1974   Royal Albert Hall, London, England
16 Loss 13–3   Jan Magdziarz RTD 6 (8) 11 December 1973   Royal Albert Hall, London, England
15 Loss 13–2   Jan Magdziarz TKO 3 (8) 30 October 1973   Royal Albert Hall, London, England
14 Win 13–1   Ernie Burns TKO 5 (8) 2 October 1973   Royal Albert Hall, London, England
13 Win 12–1   Octavio Romero PTS 8 10 September 1973   Empire Pool, London, England
12 Loss 11–1   Don McMillan TKO 8 (8), 0:45 5 June 1973   Royal Albert Hall, London, England
11 Win 11–0   George Aidoo TKO 5 (8) 9 May 1973   York Hall, London, England
10 Win 10–0   Frank Young PTS 8 27 March 1973   Royal Albert Hall, London, England
9 Win 9–0   Harry Scott PTS 8 13 March 1973   Empire Pool, London, England
8 Win 8–0   Gabe Bowens TKO 7 (8), 1:55 20 February 1973   Royal Albert Hall, London, England
7 Win 7–0   Pat Brogan TKO 7 (8) 30 January 1973   York Hall, London, England
6 Win 6–0   Pat Dwyer PTS 8 16 January 1973   Royal Albert Hall, London, England
5 Win 5–0   Mike McCluskie KO 5 (8) 8 January 1973   Piccadilly Hotel, Manchester, England
4 Win 4–0   Ronnie Hough TKO 5 (8) 11 December 1972   Hilton on Park Lane, London, England
3 Win 3–0   Anton Schnedl TKO 7 (8) 5 December 1972   Royal Albert Hall, London, England
2 Win 2–0   John Lowe TKO 3 (6) 14 November 1972   Empire Pool, London, England
1 Win 1–0   Maurice Thomas TKO 6 (6) 31 October 1972   Royal Albert Hall, London, England

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See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/alan-minter-obituary-f6cr9cpjd
  2. ^ a b c "Alan Minter Olympic Results". sports-reference.com. Retrieved 18 December 2018.
  3. ^ "Light-Middleweight (≤71 kilograms), Men". Olympedia. Retrieved 10 September 2020.
  4. ^ "Boxing; British Olympians who challenged and conquered the world". ilfordrecorder.co.uk. 6 April 2020.
  5. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z aa ab "Alan Minter ID# 11467". boxrec.com. Retrieved 9 August 2020.
  6. ^ a b c d e f "Boxing Speakers - Alan Minter". primeperformersagency.co.uk. Retrieved 9 August 2020.
  7. ^ a b "Alan Minter: British boxing legend dies at 69". BBC News. 10 September 2020. Retrieved 10 September 2020.
  8. ^ "Alan Minter, British boxing great who became world champion, dies aged 69". The Guardian. 10 September 2020. Retrieved 10 September 2020.
  9. ^ "Boxing Speakers - Alan Minter". thefightcity.com. 27 September 2019.
  10. ^ Benson, Michael (10 September 2020). "Boxing news: Former undisputed middleweight champion Alan Minter dies of cancer aged 69". Talksport.
  11. ^ https://www.nytimes.com/1983/01/29/sports/doctor-convicted-in-boxing-death.html

External linksEdit

Sporting positions
Amateur boxing titles
Previous:
John Conteh
ABA middleweight champion
1971
Next:
Frank Lucas
Regional boxing titles
Vacant
Title last held by
Bunny Sterling
British middleweight champion
4 November 1975 – 1977
Vacated
Vacant
Title next held by
Kevin Finnegan
Preceded by
Kevin Finnegan
British middleweight champion
8 November 1977 – 1979
Vacated
Vacant
Title next held by
Kevin Finnegan
Preceded by
Germano Valsecchi
European middleweight champion
4 February 1977 – 21 September 1977
Succeeded by
Gratien Tonna
Vacant
Title last held by
Gratien Tonna
European middleweight champion
19 July 1978 – 1980
Vacated
Succeeded by
Kevin Finnegan
World boxing titles
Preceded by
Vito Antuofermo
WBA middleweight champion
16 March 1980 – 27 September 1980
Succeeded by
Marvin Hagler
WBC middleweight champion
16 March 1980 – 27 September 1980
The Ring middleweight champion
16 March 1980 – 27 September 1980
Undisputed middleweight champion
16 March 1980 – 27 September 1980