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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In the Blue corner from Stepney London Johnny Adelphi weighing in at ten stone six pounds; he has won all twenty six of his bouts inside the distance.

In the red Corner from North Shields on Tyne is Mickey Boom Boom McCabe he weighed in at ten stone five pounds. He has won all of his fifteen contests inside the distance.

The crowd began to cheer and the sound of Boom Boom echoed around the hall.

Harry Gibbs called the fighters together and they touched gloves Mickey looked in the eyes of Adelphi and they stared right back at him. The bell went and both fighters came out probing with the jab and keeping out of range. Mickey tried and three punch combination catching Adelphi with a body shot and a right hand. The blood trickled down from his nose as he backed up. Mickey stalked him then fired two jabs into Adelphi’s face he quickly responded with a jab then a right of his own that caught Mickey on the jaw. The force of the blow jarred his neck and he was forced to cover up.

“Come on Mickey Shouted his fans.’

He regained his composure then used his left jab to good effect until the end of the round. Terry quickly took out his mouth piece; “how you feeling in there mate?

“I feel good; I catching him with the jab. Good now forget about trying to knock this guy out yet. He is too clever to get caught this early so pace yourself. He gave him a sip of water which Mickey gargled then spat out in the bucket. The ten second buzzer sounded and Mickey got up ready. He came out cautiously this time he got behind his jab which he’d had some success with. He peppered the face of Johnny Adelphi like an annoying wasp that buzzes in front of you but you cannot swat. Adelphi threw another right but this time Mickey saw it and leaned back then threw a left hook and then a hard right of his own Adelphi staggered. Mickey had hurt his man and he went after him like a lion sensing he had injured his prey a crunching body hook was followed up to the jaw then a hard right.

Adelphi grabbed hold of Mickey to try and gather his senses together.

Mickey shook him off then went to work on his body. Thudding punches bounced off the rib cage of Adelphi who winced after each punch landed.

Mickey was about to hit him again when the bell went.

Mickey came back to his corner knowing he had hurt his man and it would take more than one minute for him to recover.

In the third round Mickey again pounded the body of Adelphi who kept holding the left arm of Mickey so Mickey belted him with the right. By the end of the round Mickey was in control and by the end of the sixth round he stepped up the onslaught.

Johnny Adelphi seemed as though he wasn’t using his right very much.

Mickey came back to the corner at the end of the round and told Terry.



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