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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Steve Power lost to Albert Robinson, Ronnie Ferguson beat Hartlepool United Services ABC boxer Colin Harrison and Jeff Decker beat Harry Escott.

It was time for the interval and Mickey went through his drills will Eric Clark who rubbed his legs down with Winter Green liniment. The strong smell from the lotion cleared his sinuses as Joe and Eric bandaged his hands then taped them up. They were only crepe bandages but they were there to protect the boxer from breaking his hands.

The black Everlast gloves were placed on his bandaged hands until they felt comfortable then they were laced up and the ends of the laces tucked in; Eric using a house key to hide the knots.

Mickey was ready; his persona had changed and that angelic look on his face turned into that of a wild animal seeking prey.

He ignored everyone as they patted him on the back as he walked to the ring to meet Mackintosh who was already in the ring dancing about.

The girls saw the look too as he ducked under the rope and stood in the red corner whilst the announcement was made.

Mickey locked physically bigger than his taller opponent. His weight training routines had shaped his body to perfection.

Terry Cole was the referee this time; he knew both fighters and wishing them good luck as he called them to the centre of the ring for the instructions before touching gloves. Mickey looked into the eyes of his opponent and he saw fear in Mackintosh who looked away.

Both men went back to their corners then turned and waited until the bell sounded.

Mickey came out straight away and hit Mackintosh with a straight left in the mouth; it sent a shock wave down to his boots. He grinned nervously as he moved away to his left. Mickey came in again and punched him with a feinted left then a crunching right to his body. The colour in Mackintosh’s face reddened as he felt the impact of the blow it took his breath away and he had to quicken his feet and use his jab to fend off the North Shields fighter. Like a tiger Mickey stalked his man closing down his ring space; two more solid jabs in the face sent Mackintosh to the ropes his head sent snapping sharply back.

All Mackintosh could do was cover up and try and get away from the ropes.

Another shot to his ribs brought the hands down and Mickey switched the attack to his jaw. A left hook sent him crashing into the post in his own corner.

Mackintosh grabbed hold for an instant trying to clear his head. The crowd sensed that the Shieldsman was getting on top began to scream and shout for him to finish his man. The girls at ringside looked on as another three punch combination connected. Mackintosh was in trouble now and he sought the sanctuary of the ropes. His corner men were shouting for him to get off the ropes but he was oblivious to them. He flailed away in desperation but Mickey just ducked underneath the blows and hit him with his own.

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