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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Mickey lay the belt down onto the rubbing bench then turned on the shower. His muscles ached and all he wanted to do was curl up in bed with Britta.

He washed his hair and then his body; when he was finished he towelled himself dry and changed into his suit that Terry and Jimmy had asked him to wear.

“You are now the British Champion and you must dress accordingly.

You must be squeaky clean for now on as the press will discredit you and they will take away your belt before you can say “Ray Robinson.’

“Well I’m going back to Amsterdam for a few weeks then I’m going to defend this little beauty. Who is the number one contender?’

As of this week it’s Ralph Charles.

“Right set it up for next month then I want to fight Mackintosh again. We have unfinished business.

“You’ve beaten the guy twice; why do you need to fight him again. I want to shut up all those doubters once and for all.’

Okay but Mackintosh has only had twelve contests.

“Is he unbeaten?

“Yes; but he’s rated ninth in the country.’

“He will jump at the chance to fight me again then; plus this fight would be a great story for the press and the fans too. “ We would pack Wembley Arena out.’

“I would get a piece of the gate plus television coverage rights. I could make £50.000

“Is it all about money with you?’

“Yes what else is there I want to make enough to by my mother and father a new home and I want to buy a farm in Amsterdam with Britta when I retire, so yes money is important.’

“What about the titles?

“They are but a means to an end Terry.’

“Do you realise how lucky you are Mickey?

“Yes, I do and every morning when I get out of bed to do another run or go to the gym; I thank God that he made me with power in either hand.

“I might not be the best stylist in the boxing world but I am not boring to watch; people will come to see me. “ Without putting bums on seats gentlemen you don’t get paid.

“Very true but I would have given every penny I earned in the ring to hold that belt you now have said Jimmy Tibbs.

“I guess you would have Jimmy; but you have a good second prize and that is that you were in the corner the night I won the belt. Let’s hope I can take the European belt and then the world title too, because gentlemen, I won’t settle for anything less.’


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