Forty years on, we recall a memorable first meeting between two of British boxing’s leading lights of the 1980s, Kirkland Laing and Colin Jones
Author - Alex Daley
Alex Daley’s interest in boxing history was sparked by his research into the unique ring career of his paternal grandfather, Nipper Pat Daly (spelt without the ‘e’). Alex has written for Boxing News since 2015. In 2018, he won the Reg Gutteridge Award for services to boxing media, becoming the first recipient under the age of 40. Alex is the author of several books including Fighting Men of London: Voices from Inside the Ropes, Born to Box: The Extraordinary Story of Nipper Pat Daly and Boxing Nostalgia: The Good, the Bad and the Weird.
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