And in the blue corner ‘Jugular Jim’ Murty and in the red corner ‘The Clones Cyclone’ Barry McGuigan.
We ought to start at the very beginning here when a sallow cub reporter was sent by his news editor to talk to the boxing champion.
Barry was appearing in Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs and I asked the former World Heavyweight champion which dwarf would he be playing.
He bristled before regaining his composure.
On returning to the office my news editor fell upon the idea of us putting on a pretend sparring session.
All of which circling around the ring brings me onto the return of boxing in England this weekend.
There won’t, of course, be a crowd but one of the upsides is that we’ll be able to hear every thud and grimace more clearly.
Which you can only really do otherwise if you’re ringside.
Which I was lucky enough to be in my spell as a boxing writer in the Nineties covering the likes of Chris Eubank, Nigel Benn and Pat Clinton in Glasgow https://peoplemakeglasgow.com/.
Of course the Mecca for boxing is the US and it is every bo￼xer’s dream to fight at Madison Square Garden and Caesar’s Palace, Las Vegas.
And every fight fan (hands up) too… and while I love both cities https://www.google.com/amp/s/jimmurtytraveltraveltravel.com/2020/03/28/old-new-york-hamilton/amp/ and Strip… the light fantastic I’ve yet to see ring action there.
See also www.lvcva.com and www.nycvb.com.
MEET YOU RINGSIDE