HEROL GRAHAM is widely considered the best British fighter never to win a world title, and on November 24 1990, he came exceptionally close to claiming one.
Matched against fearsome slugger Julian Jackson for the vacant WBC middleweight title, the silky fighter’s accurate blasts had closed the slugger’s eyes. The American’s vision was limited even before a punch had been thrown, but by the fourth round, he was virtually blind.
All Graham had to do was stay out of trouble for three minutes and the fight would have been stopped in his favour. But the Briton increased his fire. It lit the dynamite that lurked in Jackson’s right mitt.