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Boxing hero Alan Minter has died at the age of 69, following a long battle with cancer.
Minter, who was undisputed world middleweight champion during the Eighties, died on Wednesday in a Guildford hospital.
Minter retired from boxing in 1981 with a record of 39-9, having previously won an Olympics bronze medal in 1972.
His son Ross said: “Dad was extremely proud of being undisputed world champion and I was always very proud when I was out with him to see how popular he was with people long after he had retired.”
Minter was crowned middleweight champion of the world when he outpointed Vito Antuofermo in Las Vegas in March 1980.
He beat Antuofermo in a rematch just three months later before being stopped by Marvin Hagler in September of the same year as he lost his belts.
He would fight just three more times and defeat to Tony Sibson saw Minter hang up his gloves at the age of 29.
Speaking about his career, Minter had said: “Boxing didn’t come naturally to me.
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“But winning my fourth fight against a kid who wasn’t bad released something in my body. I wanted to win more – and that was it.”
And on the closing stages of his career, he added: “I’d been British and European champion and undisputed middleweight champion of the world.
“When I won the world title and defended it and then lost it, it was in my brain that enough’s enough.”
Tributes poured in from fans following the new with one writing: “Very, very sad news, RIP Champ.”
While another put: “RIP a boxing great. Deepest sympathies to family and friends. Only a month since Sid Minter passed away.”
With one more adding: “RIP Alan. You took British boxing a step forward.”