THE RAIS­ING OF LAZARUS

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THE open­ing stanza sees the Gypsy King, Set­ting the pace and con­trol­ling the ring, Feint­ing, slip­ping, he’s up on his toes, Mak­ing The Bronze Bomber miss with his vi­o­lent blows. Chas­ing shad­ows, The Bronze Bomber’s mask be­gins to slip, And cracks ap­pear in this sink­ing ship. The mid­dle rounds and Fury is pulling away, A master teach­ing his pupil the les­son for the day. But into the ninth and Fury gets clipped, A blow to the head that’s not in the script, Fury gets up but Wilder comes on strong, Loading up with every­thing, look­ing to land that bomb. The fi­nal call and it’s into the last, A Gypsy King win looks set for the cards, But The Bronze Bomber launches and man­ages to con­nect, A straight right-left hook that sends Fury straight to the deck. The Gypsy King is down and all looks lost, But like Lazarus he rises up and brushes off the dust, And on the count of ‘nine’ he stands to his feet, And shows the world once more why he’s a man that just can’t be beat. The fi­nal bell and both cham­pi­ons em­brace, Two mor­tal men, the best that each has faced. It goes to the cards and the judges score it a draw, The Bronze Bomber wins a bat­tle, but the Gypsy King wins the war. Two proud war­riors who live to fight an­other day, But now it’s back home to fam­ily and with chil­dren to play. God bless the Gypsy King, the real peo­ple’s champ, His fam­ily, Ben Dav­i­son and all in his camp! Tom Stra­chan-mc­carter

MEM­O­RIES OF HOL­LAND

I EN­JOYED read­ing the re­cent Yes­ter­day’s He­roes ar­ti­cle (Novem­ber 22 is­sue), ‘The Hol­land Legacy’, by Alex Da­ley. Danny Hol­land was a ge­nius. I re­cently watched footage of the 1973 Jim Watt-ken Buchanan British light­weight ti­tle fight, and Danny was in Jim’s cor­ner that night. Danny will never be for­got­ten. Kevin Dak­ers

FURY’S RES­UR­REC­TION

WITH the ut­most re­spect to Lazarus, he has noth­ing on Tyson Fury. Shed­ding 10 stone, van­quish­ing ad­dic­tions, con­quer­ing demons and over­com­ing de­pres­sion were – in com­par­i­son – just mi­nor mir­a­cles com­pared to Fury’s res­ur­rec­tion in the 12th round against Deon­tay Wilder. Af­ter knock­ing Fury down heav­ily in the fi­nal frame, Wilder posed and cel­e­brated. He knew the fight was over and so did ev­ery­one else… or so we all thought. With the ref­eree’s count reach­ing ‘five’, Fury acted out a pass­able im­pres­sion of WWE star The Un­der­taker by in­cred­i­bly ris­ing from the deck. Gavin Lit­taur

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