NINE years ago today, inside a sweltering and enthusiastically packed George Carnall Leisure Centre just outside the city of Manchester, two light-middleweights gave British boxing a modern day classic to treasure.
Jamie Moore, the defending British champion, was facing friend Matthew Macklin. On this night, though the two had plenty of respect for one another, their friendship took a backseat to some intense and genuinely fierce hostilities.
Macklin, then sporting a 17-1 record (the sole defeat coming via close decision against Andrew Facey three years earlier) was the younger man by three years at age 24, and his lack of championship experience was to prove a factor in the fight. Moore, 24-3 (the losses coming against Scott Dixon, Ossie Duran, and Michael Jones) was engaging in his seventh British title fight and he had under his belt the experience of going the 12-round distance, whereas Macklin had gone past the fifth round on just two occasions.