MANCH­ESTER MEM­O­RIES

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IT was sad to read in Box­ing News last month that Terry Downes had passed away. I vividly re­call as an 18-year-old see­ing Terry chal­lenge Wil­lie Pas­trano for the WBC and WBA light-heavy­weight ti­tles at King’s Hall, Belle Vue, Manch­ester in Novem­ber 1964. This ac­tu­ally turned out to be Downes’ fi­nal fight. Pas­trano’s leg­endary cor­ner­man An­gelo Dundee was in­stru­men­tal in the belts not chang­ing hands that night, as Pas­trano re­mained cham­pion. King’s Hall had re­stricted view­ing, and it was nec­es­sary to lean right or left to avoid the pil­lars if you wanted to fol­low the ac­tion! David Hib­bert, High Peak

SNUBBING PAY-PER-VIEW

I DRIVE a nice car. I drink fine wines. Some­times I even take my wife out to dine at over £50 per head. How­ever, I re­fused to pay around £20 to watch Ed­die Hearn’s lat­est of­fer­ing from Cardiff. A main event and two sup­port­ing fights fea­tur­ing big favourites against con­sid­er­able out­siders is sim­ply not good enough. Pro­mot­ers seem to be­lieve that the pub­lic can be fooled. Maybe they are right, but real box­ing fans know when they are be­ing ripped off. We had also re­cently been in­vited by ITV Box Of­fice to pay to watch Ge­orge Groves and Chris Eubank Jnr per­form against mod­est op­po­si­tion on pay-per-view – Not for me, thank you!

Sadly, Hearn has a prob­lem in find­ing de­cent op­po­si­tion for An­thony Joshua. There is no Mike Tyson, Len­nox Lewis or Evan­der Holy­field out there to test “AJ”, so he re­mains a novice with a knock­out punch. How­ever, that does not ex­cuse the fail­ure to pro­vide de­cent sup­port­ing fights at th­ese so called ‘mega’ shows. Pro­mot­ers will surely kill the goose that laid the golden egg if PPV is abused like this. Max Win­berg, Ger­rards Cross

RISE OF THE HEAVIES

SO An­thony Joshua has racked up an­other world heavy­weight ti­tle de­fence against a tough foe in Car­los Takam. I tip my hat to his pro­moter, Ed­die Hearn. I did, how­ever, cringe when Ed­die put “AJ” in a world ti­tle match at such an early stage of his ca­reer – I just don’t like cham­pi­ons learn­ing on the job. I can ad­mit, though, that I was com­pletely wrong. Joshua has gained so much in his last two de­fences. His stamina has a check­mark, and his abil­ity to over­come ad­ver­sity also has a check­mark.

Heavy­weight box­ing at the mo­ment is as good as I can re­mem­ber, with Joseph Parker, Deon­tay Wilder, Hughie Fury, Tyson Fury (hope­fully), Dil­lian Whyte, Kubrat Pulev, Joe Joyce etc. Things are only go­ing to go from strength to strength in the di­vi­sion. Mike Hills, Glenwood Springs.

MEM­O­RIES: Downes is con­soled by his wife after los­ing to Paul Pen­der

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