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The Year Of Living Dangerously: Alan Minter In 1980

1980 would be a memorable year for Alan Minter, as the British southpaw battled through a tumultuous three-fight series of middleweight title contests, beginning with a trip across the Atlantic to meet iron-jawed champion Vito Antuofermo at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. Minter settled for bronze at the 1972 Olympics after a highly controversial semi-final loss, and his early career followed a rocky path. After losing six times, all on cuts, there was a feeling that Minter would never reach the pinnacle. However, a £50 visit to a plastic surgeon to discover the root of his fragile skin delivered a career-changing answer--stop getting hit so much. A change of styles followed, with a more controlled Minter running off an 8-fight winning streak to secure a meeting with the brawling Brooklyn fighter. Read more from The Living Daylights
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