Former undisputed champion Alan Minter dies of cancer at 69

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Minter defeated Vito Antuofermo for the WBA and WBC middleweight titles in 1980

Britain’s Alan Minter, who held the undisputed middleweight title in 1980, died of cancer yesterday at the age of 69.

Though plagued by cuts throughout his career, accounting for many of his early defeats, “Boom Boom” won the British and European middleweight titles on multiple occasions. An eight-fight winning streak set up a 1980 clash with unified WBC/WBA middleweight champion Vito Antuofermo, who had fought Marvelous Marvin Hagler to a draw one fight prior. Minter initially beat the Italian veteran by split decision, then sealed the deal in their rematch with a cut stoppage.

Then came the most infamous fight of his career, pitting him against the aforementioned Hagler at Wembley. Minter declared beforehand that he’d never lose his title to a “black man,” and after bowing out in the second round due to some gnarly cuts inflicted by the Brockton menace, the crowd responded by hurling beer cans at Hagler and kicking off a riot.

Minter would fight thrice more, defeating Ernie Singletary, dropping a split decision to Mustafa Hamsho, and falling to Tony Sibson before hanging up the gloves at 30. He finished his career with a 39-9 (23 KO) record.

Many of his countrymen chimed in to paid tribute.

We at Bad Left Hook wish his friends and family the best in their time of mourning.

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