The former world middleweight champion Alan Sydney Minter passed away at the age of 69, after his long battle with cancer.
In the year 1972, Minter won a million hearts by winning the Olympic bronze in Munich. Soon after, in the year 1980, he added another laurel to his record list by bagging the WBC and WBA titles by defeating Italian boxer Italian Vito Antuofermo in Las Vegas. However, Minter has also struggled with extremely difficult circumstances in his professional career.
His professional career took a U-turn when his opponent Italian Angelo Jacopucci died due to the injuries that he incurred their European title fight in 1978. After he won a rematch against Antuofermo, Minter lost the title to Marvin Hagler inside three rounds at Wembley Arena later that year. As per BBC News, Alan in his recent interview once said, “If you can walk away after winning and defending a world title, you’ve done something special.”
British Boxing Board of Control recently said, “The stewards and staff of the British Boxing Board of Control are very saddened to hear of the passing of former world middleweight champion Alan Minter.”
The Stewards and staff of the British Boxing Board of Control are very saddened to hear of the passing of Former World Middleweight Champion Alan Minter.— BBBofC (@BBBofCuk) September 10, 2020
Our sincerest condolences are sent to his family at this time.
Former British world heavyweight champion Frank Bruno also tweeted, “Alan Minter RIP.” He further added “Alan and I worked together many times a great boxer in his day I would ask people to look at the old footage of him fighting a great boxer a sad day for British Boxing RIP ‘Boom Boom”.
Alan Minter RIP. Alan & I worked together many times a great boxer in his day I would ask people to look at the old footage of him fighting a great boxer a sad day for British Boxing RIP "Boom Boom" pic.twitter.com/frIBFp9FJO— Frank Bruno MBE ?? (@frankbrunoboxer) September 10, 2020