Feature | Oct 06 2018

A tribute to Terry Downes – ‘I lived the life I wanted’

Looking back on the life and career of Terry Downes who has died aged 81, by Matt Christie and Daniel Herbert
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FORMER world middleweight champion Terry Downes BEM passed away at the age of 81 on October 6, 2017.

The Londoner’s nickname was “Dashing, Bashing, Crashing” – and no one would ever sue Downes under the Trades Descriptions Act. With his aggressive hard-hitting style, the Paddington battler thrilled crowds in the late 1950s and early 1960s.

His rough and ready, blunt-talking Cockney persona also earned him followers at a time when television was just taking off. Two years in the US Marines had toughened him up and early setbacks – he lost to future two-weight world champ Dick Tiger in a 1957 prelim – merely delayed Downes’ rise to the top, which culminated in a trilogy with Paul Pender.

 

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