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Alan Minter (born 17 August 1951) is a British former professional boxer who competed from 1972 to 1981. He held the undisputed middleweight title in 1980, having previously held the British middleweight 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.[1]

Alan Minter
Statistics
Nickname(s)Boom Boom
Weight(s)Middleweight
Height6 ft (183 cm)
Reach71 in (180 cm)
NationalityBritish
Born (1951-08-17) 17 August 1951 (age 67)
Crawley, West Sussex, England
StanceSouthpaw
Boxing record
Total fights49
Wins39
Wins by KO23
Losses9
No contests1

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Amateur careerEdit

Minter was the 1971 Amateur Boxing Association of England Middleweight Champion. He won the bronze medal at the 1972 Munich Olympic Games. Minter began his professional career in London on 31 October 1972 by knocking out Maurice Thomas in six rounds.

Olympic resultsEdit

Professional careerEdit

Minter won five fights in a row by knockout and, in 1973, Pat Dwyer became the first boxer to go the distance with him, over eight rounds in London. Minter won his next five fights, three by knockout, before tasting defeat for the first time after the referee stopped the fight in the eighth round to "Scottish" Don McMillan due to bad cuts suffered by Minter. Two more wins followed before facing Jan Magziarz, who beat him twice in a row (once in the eighth and once in the sixth) again due to cuts.

1974 was a mixed year for Minter, beating Tony Byrne by a decision in eight, losing in two to Ricky Torres (again on cuts), having a third fight with Magziarz result in a no contest in four rounds and closing the year with a win in eight rounds by decision in his first international fight, against Shako Mamba in Hamburg, Germany.

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

In 1977, he won the European Middleweight title by beating Germano Valsecchi by a knockout in five in Italy. But in his next fight his winning streak ended when he lost to former world title challenger Ronnie Harris by a knockout in eight. 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, but then he lost his European title to Gratien Tonna by a knockout in eight at Milan. He closed '77 with a third 15-round decision win over Finnegan to retain his British title.

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. Then, he went to Italy once again to regain his European Middleweight title by knocking out Angelo Jacopucci in twelve rounds. Jacopucci died a few days afterwards, due to injuries sustained in the bout. Minter finished his year by avenging his loss to Tonna with a six-round knockout.

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 the Caesars Palace. He won the title by a 15-round decision and, in a rematch, he retained the world title by a TKO in eight rounds. Minter's run as world champion came to an end on 27 September of that year, when he was stopped on cuts in three rounds to Marvin Hagler at Wembley Arena in London. In the run-up to the fight, Minter had caused controversy by stating that he "did not intend to lose his title to a black man". After the fight was stopped, Minter's supporters caused a riot, throwing beer cans and bottles into the ring and both boxers had to be ushered away by the police.

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

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

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 Sep 1981   Wembley Arena, London, England For European middleweight title
48 Loss 39–8 (1)   Mustafa Hamsho SD 10 6 Jun 1981   Caesars Palace, Paradise, Nevada, US
47 Win 39–7 (1)   Ernie Singletary PTS 10 17 Mar 1981   Wembley Arena, London, England
46 Loss 38–7 (1)   Marvin Hagler TKO 3 (15), 1:45 27 Sep 1980   Wembley Arena, London, England Lost WBA, WBC, The Ring, and lineal middleweight titles
45 Win 38–6 (1)   Vito Antuofermo RTD 8 (15) 28 Jun 1980   Wembley Arena, London, England Retained WBA, WBC, The Ring, and lineal middleweight titles
44 Win 37–6 (1)   Vito Antuofermo SD 15 16 Mar 1980   Caesars Palace, Paradise, Nevada, US Won WBA, WBC, The Ring, and lineal middleweight titles
43 Win 36–6 (1)   Doug Demmings PTS 10 23 Oct 1979   Wembley Conference Centre, London, England
42 Win 35–6 (1)   Monty Betham TKO 2 (10), 1:05 26 Jun 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 Feb 1979   Wembley Conference Centre, London, England
39 Win 32–6 (1)   Gratien Tonna RTD 6 (15) 7 Nov 1978   Empire Pool, London, England Retained European middleweight title
38 Win 31–6 (1)   Angelo Jacopucci KO 12 (15) 19 Jul 1978   Municipal Stadium, Bellaria, Italy Won vacant European middleweight title
37 Win 30–6 (1)   Sandy Torres KO 5 (10), 1:57 15 Feb 1978   Las Vegas Hilton, Winchester, Nevada, US
36 Win 29–6 (1)   Kevin Finnegan PTS 15 8 Nov 1977   Empire Pool, London, England Won vacant British middleweight title
35 Loss 28–6 (1)   Gratien Tonna TKO 8 (15), 1:10 21 Sep 1977   Palasport di San Siro, Milan, Italy Lost European middleweight title
34 Win 28–5 (1)   Emile Griffith PTS 10 30 Jul 1977   Stade Louis II, Monte Carlo, Monaco
33 Loss 27–5 (1)   Ronnie Harris TKO 8 (10), 3:00 12 Apr 1977   Royal Albert Hall, London, England
32 Win 27–4 (1)   Germano Valsecchi KO 5 (15) 4 Feb 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 Dec 1976   Royal Albert Hall, London, England
30 Win 25–4 (1)   Tony Licata TKO 6 (10), 1:30 9 Nov 1976   Empire Pool, London, England
29 Win 24–4 (1)   Kevin Finnegan PTS 15 14 Sep 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 Apr 1976   Royal Albert Hall, London, England Retained British middleweight title
26 Win 21–4 (1)   Trevor Francis TKO 8 (10), 1:05 20 Jan 1976   Royal Albert Hall, London, England
25 Win 20–4 (1)   Kevin Finnegan PTS 15 4 Nov 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 Mar 1975   Royal Albert Hall, London, England
22 Win 17–4 (1)   Tony Allen PTS 8 10 Feb 1975   Hilton on Park Lane, London, England
21 Win 16–4 (1)   Henry Cooper KO 1 (8), 2:25 20 Jan 1975   Hilton on Park Lane, London, England
20 Win 15–4 (1)   Shako Mamba PTS 8 30 Nov 1974   Munich, West Germany
19 NC 14–4 (1)   Jan Magdziarz NC 4 (10) 29 Oct 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 Mar 1974   Royal Albert Hall, London, England
16 Loss 13–3   Jan Magdziarz RTD 6 (8) 11 Dec 1973   Royal Albert Hall, London, England
15 Loss 13–2   Jan Magdziarz TKO 3 (8) 30 Oct 1973   Royal Albert Hall, London, England
14 Win 13–1   Ernie Burns TKO 5 (8) 2 Oct 1973   Royal Albert Hall, London, England
13 Win 12–1   Octavio Romero PTS 8 10 Sep 1973   Empire Pool, London, England
12 Loss 11–1   Don McMillan TKO 8 (8), 0:45 5 Jun 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 Mar 1973   Royal Albert Hall, London, England
9 Win 9–0   Harry Scott PTS 8 13 Mar 1973   Empire Pool, London, England
8 Win 8–0   Gabe Bowens TKO 7 (8) 20 Feb 1973   Royal Albert Hall, London, England
7 Win 7–0   Pat Brogan TKO 7 (8) 30 Jan 1973   York Hall, London, England
6 Win 6–0   Pat Dwyer PTS 8 16 Jan 1973   Royal Albert Hall, London, England
5 Win 5–0   Mike McCluskie KO 5 (8) 8 Jan 1973   Piccadilly Hotel, Manchester, England
4 Win 4–0   Ronnie Hough TKO 5 (8) 11 Dec 1972   Hilton on Park Lane, London, England
3 Win 3–0   Anton Schnedl TKO 7 (8) 5 Dec 1972   Royal Albert Hall, London, England
2 Win 2–0   John Lowe TKO 3 (6) 14 Nov 1972   Empire Pool, London, England
1 Win 1–0   Maurice Thomas TKO 6 (6) 31 Oct 1972   Royal Albert Hall, London, England Professional debut

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Evans, Hilary; Gjerde, Arild; Heijmans, Jeroen; Mallon, Bill. "Alan Minter Olympic Results". Olympics at Sports-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 17 December 2018.

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
Vacant
Title last held 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
Lineal middleweight champion
16 March 1980 – 27 September 1980