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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That’s good it won’t be long before I’m with you again Britta. I love, and miss you.’

“Me too darling. Oh by the way dad converted the barn and he’s turned it into a six bed roomed holiday let; I have guests coming in June to do a working holiday.

“That’s bloody fantastic.’ How am I ever going to repay your father I mean not what I owe him for the loan but for all the work he has done?’

“I’m sure that you will find a way.’

“Yes,’ anyway I’ve got to go I have a spar session at seven in the morning got to get myself to bed. “Goodnight love, speak soon.’

“Goedenact, ik hou van je.’

 Mickey hung up then went back to his room and picked up a book that he had bought by Peter Benchley called “The Deep” the story told of divers trying to find a sunken treasure ship and come across millions of ampoules’ of morphine. Mickey opened the page where he’d left off and began to read.

 

 

When the day of the fight with Ralph Charles had arrived Mickey was feeling very sharp indeed. He weighed in spot on the welter limit. Charles weighed two pounds less. After all the Who ha in the papers from Charles about how he was going to make McCabe eat his jab all night. The fight was over in less than a minute Mickey got into the attack straight away and a feinted left followed by a solid right to the jaw and a left hook finished the job. “It was the biggest and easiest paydays he had ever received; now he wanted Glen Mackintosh but his trainers and manager would not have it. So instead he was lined up with the nephew of the great Randolph Adolphus  Turpin who had beaten the greatest middleweight of all time Sugar Ray Robinson in the very same ring. In1953. The packed hall watched in amazement as Randy bullied the champion around the ring. The title was held for only sixty four days when a return clause in his contract stated that Turpin’s first defence if he were to win would be against Robinson. They fought at the Polo Grounds in New York and it was Robinson who triumphed this time with a tenth round stoppage.

Jackie Turpin who Mickey was to fight had risen through the ranks winning twenty fights, lost only two, and drew once.

The fight was scheduled for April the 3rd but was put back when Turpin suffered a hand injury. It was to take place in Earls Court on May the first.

Mickey would receive £70.000 for this fight which was expected to go the distance. The sports writers hadn’t read the script and Turpin was bombed out in two rounds.

 

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