The Crossing

"The Crossing" tells of two Dutch girls in 1970 who come looking for work on the DFDS ferry- it is In North Shields they meet Mickey Boom Boom McCabe a local boxer who helps them find digs in Whitley Bay- one of the girls becomes romantically involved with Nigel Worthington a local business man and crook when she is working with her friend in the Rex Hotel as a receptionist. Worthington set up another boxer Jeff Decker when Jeff goes to collect a strange package he opens it to discover two kilo's of coke. He recuts the coke and sells it. Worthington finds out and Jeff ends up in hospital with a broken jaw and several ribs. Mickey McCabe rallies his boxing friends together where they mete out their kind of punishment- Mickey is forced to move to London and gets involved with the underworld after Worthington seeks revenge- Can Mickey fulfil his dream and become the welterweight champion of the world- in this story which will take you around the North East - London and Zaandam in Holland.


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When the crowd saw the two fighters who hardly reached the top rope they didn’t pay much attention. Then Mickey unleashed the boom and Lyle hit the canvas. He got up and saw the round out. Lyle was down again twice in the second.

In the third Lyle was knocked out with a minute to go in the round.

The papers the next day paid more attention to the little flyweight than they did to the other fights. The headline read “Mickey Boom Boom McCabe a fighter to watch.’

The pocket sized dynamo made everyone take notice last night with a complete demolition job on His American opponent. Mickey fought like a seasoned pro’ flooring his man four times. I have not seen his like since the days of the Bronx Bull Jake Lamotta graced the ring. There is no doubt in my mind that Mickey Boom Boom McCabe is a future world champion in the making.’

Mickey came home and was met by England Squad Coach Kevin Hickey. I know that you are only thirteen Mickey but I want you to start squad training now so that by the time you are eligible to participate as a senior you will be well averse with the training methods required to be an international boxer.


Over the next four years Mickey was unbeaten in hundred bouts. His record spoke for its self with 82 of those bouts won by knock out and every one he fought ended up on the canvas. Mickey was now boxing at light welter weight his body had changed shape; he was taller and more muscular. If he didn’t scare fighters before he certainly struck fear into them now.

Mickey was the complete boxer fighter now equipped with the skills to take him as far as he wanted to go. He’d won all there was to win at domestic level including a senior ABA title.

His place on the GB team assured when he beat the heavily fancied Glen Mackintosh with a second round stoppage when Mackintosh suffered a cut. His team said the cut was caused by a clash of heads and demanded a rematch. On the 2nd of October 1970 Mickey Boom Boom McCabe knocked Mackintosh out in two minutes and fifteen seconds at the Rex Hotel in Whitley Bay. In 1971 Mick boxed in no fewer than twelve countries winning them all.

The pressure was on once again for Mickey to turn professional. The bad news came in 1972 when they chose Glen Mackintosh over him in the Olympic Games in Munich. Mickey was devastated. How could they do this to him after he’d beaten Glen on two occasions?

Mickey immediately turned professional under the guidance of Terry Lawless.

Now he would show them that he was the man and that they should have chosen him.

He sat and watched as Glen was beaten by the Cuban boxer Andres Molina in the second round.


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