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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Terry asked if Mickey was ready to step up in class and Mickey just told him to bring them on over the next two months Mickey disposed of eight opponents including the Dutch welterweight champion Ronnie Van Der Walt in two rounds in Westpoort in front of his own crowd.

He now had a British Title fight against Johnny Adelphi at Earls Court on the 4th of February. His training intensified because this fight was over twelve rounds and Johnny Adelphi carried a wallop himself. His twenty six fights hadn’t gone past the seventh round. They practiced defensive techniques and how to quicken up his feet. They tied weighted straps to his ankles whilst he was out running and in the gym so that on the night his legs felt even lighter. Mickey’s body was cut to the bone and every muscle stood out as if he’d been chiselled out of granite.

His abdominals were as tight as a drum the six pack showed the hours of sit ups and the pounding of the medicine ball. His biceps bulged and his back cut a fine V.

Johnny Adelphi was naturally muscled. His father was from Ghana but his mother was born in England. He was born in Stepney in 1950. Both fighters warmed up and waited for their call to make their way to the ring. The sound of Stevie Wonder’s “Living for the City” played as Johnny shuffled to the ring. Terry had a word with a friend of his who was a music producer and he told Rod Argent that Mickey McCabe used his song as his walk on tune. “Really said Rod, yeah and he’s fighting for the British title on Saturday night.’

As Mickey made ready to make his ring entrance the stage curtains went back and argents drum beat sounded then they walked out onto the stage and played live.

The crowd went wild, cheering as Mickey Shuffled to the ring for the biggest moment of his life.

He climbed into the ring then waved at Rod Argent then the crowd. There were fans from North Shields who included his school friends, Eric Clark and Joe Myers his amateur coaches who held up the coat of arms from North Shields with a small sailing vessel with a miner on the left and a sailor on the right. 1849 and in Latin read Messis Ab Altis. “Harvest from the Deep” Mickey felt so proud at that moment looking out at all those people who had made the journey to watch him.

The referee for this one was Harry Gibbs who had come into his dressing room to check the bandages on his hands and gave him a pep talk on the rules before the fight.

He signed the bandages before Mickey was gloved up.

The new Everlast red boxing gloves were laced up on his hands and he banged his hands together then waited for the ring announcer.

 

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