Alan Minter

Alan Minter

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Alan Minter was born August 17, 1951 in Crawley. 

Minter began his career at the age of 21, in 1972. In his first professional bout, he beat Maurice Thomas by a knockout in the 6th round. Minter went on to win 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, Defeat for the first time followed by a knockout to King George Aido. Two more wins followed that, and then he faced Jan Magziarz, who beat him twice in a row by knockout.

In 1974 Minter beat Tony Byrne by a decision, lost by a knockout to Ricky Torres, had a third fight with Magziarz resulting in a no contest in four rounds, and he finished the year with a win in his first international fight, against Shako Mamba in Hamburg, Germany. 

In 1975 Alan won four fights in a row, including another bout in Hamburg, and by the end of the year, he beat Kevin Finnegan for the British Middleweight title. 
In 1977, he won the European Middleweight title by beating Germano Valsecchi by a knockout in Italy. 
In 1978 Minter won all three of his bouts, including his first bought in the USA.

In 1979, Minter won all four of his fights, two of them by knockout, and in 1980 on 16th March, he was finally given the opportunity of a shot at champion Vito Antuofermo’s world Middleweight title at the Caesars Palace, Las Vegas. He won the title by a 15 round decision, and in a rematch, he retained the world title by a knockout in eight rounds.

Minter’s run as world champion came to an end on September 27th of that year, when he lost by a knockout to Marvin Hagler at Wembley Arena. 
Minter beat contender Ernie Singletary in London, in 1981, but after losses to future Hagler challengers Mustafa Hamsho and Tony Sibson, both also 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.