TER­ENCE’S TREA­SURE TROVE

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WHEN Ter­ence Craw­ford uni­fied the four world su­per-light­weight ti­tles, he be­came the first undis­puted 140lb cham­pion for 50 years. Ja­pan-based Hawai­ian Paul Fu­jii (AKA Takeshi Fuji) bru­tally KO’D Ital­ian San­dro Lopopolo in April 1967 to be­come the WBA and WBC cham­pion at a time when they were the only gov­ern­ing bod­ies. Be­fore Craw­ford, the most re­cent undis­puted cham­pion was Jermain Tay­lor, who held all four mid­dleweight belts af­ter beat­ing Bernard Hop­kins in July 2005. Mike Tyson be­came undis­puted heavy­weight cham­pion in Au­gust 1987, Evan­der Holy­field at cruis­er­weight in April 1988, and Michael Spinks at lightheavy­weight in March 1983. Kevin Batch­e­lor, Shep­per­ton

RE­SPECT FOR LAVERICK

I HAVE started train­ing at a lo­cal box­ing gym in Mid­dles­brough, and have been learn­ing so much. I asked the coach how he be­came a trainer, as I am start­ing to show an in­ter­est in do­ing this my­self. I was shocked to learn that this guy has been work­ing with world cham­pi­ons, Olympians and pro box­ers/coaches from across the world, yet he doesn’t seem to get no­ticed for the work he does. Thanks Sean Laverick. Richard Simp­son

MAR­CIANO’S SE­CRET FIGHTS

ROCKY MAR­CIANO’S fa­bled 49-0 record is one of the most fa­mous in box­ing, how­ever, is it ac­tu­ally ac­cu­rate? I’ve been a weekly reader of Box­ing News since De­cem­ber 1956 – the year af­ter Mar­ciano’s last ‘of­fi­cial’ fight. I re­mem­ber read­ing an ar­ti­cle stat­ing that Mar­ciano had four more fights be­hind closed doors, win­ning them all. Although no ex­plicit iden­ti­ties of the op­po­nents were given, there were enough clues to pos­i­tively iden­tify one of them as Willi Bes­man­off. Mar­ciano ap­par­ently was not sat­is­fied with his form, and dis­con­tin­ued his ‘come­back’. Per­haps some of your older read­ers can re­mem­ber this ar­ti­cle too? Der­mott Mul­hol­land, Boo­tle

A SEM­I­NAL MO­MENT

I RE­ALLY en­joyed read­ing the Q&A with Bobby Ste­wart in the July 20 is­sue. We have to thank Ste­wart, who took Mike Tyson un­der his wing when he was sent to a ju­ve­nile cor­rec­tional fa­cil­ity. This changed box­ing his­tory – had Tyson never been sent there, then we may never have heard of him. Af­ter be­ing given a tough time in spar­ring by Tyson, Ste­wart took him to see the leg­endary fight fig­ure Cus D’am­ato. And as they say, the rest is his­tory. Cus al­ways told re­porters that Tyson would be the youngest heavy­weight cham­pion of the world. It’s just un­for­tu­nate that he died be­fore Tyson achieved great­ness. Ian Owen, Walling­ton

Photo: MIKEY WIL­LIAMS

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