BRITISH great Alan Minter, former world middleweight champion and Olympic medalist, has died at the age of 69.
Crawley-born Minter won bronze at the Munich Games in 1972 and went on to capture the British and European middleweight titles before he was granted his opportunity to fight on the world stage.
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 beaten by the great Marvin Hagler at Wembley Arena.
The Sussex southpaw then ended his professional career the following year.
Former world heavyweight champion Frank Bruno led the tributes to Minter, writing on Twitter: ‘Alan Minter RIP. 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”.’
Former two-weight world champion Ricky Hatton added: ‘You’ll always be a British boxing legend and a gentleman Alan.’ Barry McGuigan said he was ‘very saddened’ by the news.