Alan Minter dead: Tributes pour in as former undisputed world champion dies aged 69

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Former undisputed middleweight champion Alan Minter has passed away aged 69 after a long battle with cancer.

Minter died on Wednesday, 40 years after he was crowned champion when he outpointed Vito Antuofermo in Las Vegas.

He held on to his title following a rematch three months later but was dethroned by the legendary Marvin Hagler another three months later.

Minter also won Olympic bronze in 1972 and went on to win British and European titles as a professional.

He retired in 1981 with a 39-9 record.

Former cruiserweight world champion Enzo Maccarinelli was among those who paid tribute: “So sad to hear the news Alan Minter has passed away only 69, taken too young.”

And Spencer Oliver added: “Just heard the very sad news that boxing legend Alan Minter has passed away, one of my childhood heroes growing up.

“My thoughts and prayers are with the Minter family at this sad time.”

Minter’s son Ross, who had a record of 17-4-1 as a professional boxer, said: “Dad was extremely proud of being undisputed world champion and I was always very proud when I was out with him to see how popular he was long after he retired.”

Minter’s first meeting with Antuofermo was controversial with British referee Roland Dakin awarding his countryman 13 of the 15 rounds.

The rematch was settled much quicker however with Minter stopping Antuofermo in the seventh round in London.

His clash with Hagler was over in the third round as the visitor overwhelmed Minter to win the WBC and WBA titles.

Hagler would of course go on to have an enduring rivalry with Thomas Hearns, Sugar Ray Leonard and Roberto Duran.

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