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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“Little did he realise that Rod Argents song would become his signature tune.

Harry Gibbs called the fighters together then they touched gloves. They went back to their corners and waited for the bell.

Armour came at him from the bell and it took thirty seconds before Mickey was able to compose himself. Then he stopped Armour in his tracks with two solid punches to the head. Mickey saw the expression on his face change and instead of coming forward he was now boxing on the retreat. The round was fairly even as Mickey went back to his corner.

Listen Mickey, I want you to box going back and when he opens up then counter with punches to head and body okay?

Mickey took a swig of water then spat it out in the bucket.

Jimmy inserted his mouth piece then he stood up just as the bell sounded. This time Mickey was ready for the charge from Armour and he moved away then clobbered Armour with two short left hooks that sent him into the ropes a feint to the head then a crunching punch to the ribs buckled the Belfast fighter Mickey quickly followed up with a short left and a right cross and down went Armour.

Gibbs was counting over the Irishman who was up at the count of seven. The crowd were shouting as Mickey backed off again and waited until Armour opened up Mickey slipped the left lead then belted him across the ribs again. Tommy Armour hit the deck again; he was hurt and couldn’t get his breath as the referee began the count.

Harry Gibbs called a halt after the Irishman lay on his back holding his side.

Armours corner rushed in to help the injured fighter as Mickey was declared the winner by knock out.

Armour was helped to his stool as Mickey came over to ask if he was alright.’

“Good fight said the Irishman; I’m okay; that was some body shot.’

Mickey waved to the crowd then stepped out and walked back to his dressing room.

Once the gloves were off Mickey asked Terry who was next?

“I will see if we can get you fixed up but now you agreed to a six rounder you cannot go back to four round fights.’

“I don’t care £800 is good money; I will see you in the gym on Tuesday I’m sailing on the ferry from Dover to Amsterdam tonight.’ The ferry leaves at eleven o’clock.

Collect my money for me and I will see you both when I’m dressed.

After grabbing a quick shower Mickey got his money then left.

He drove to Dover and met the ferry; he had just made it in time. He stood on the top deck knowing that in the morning he would be seeing Britta.


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