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 returned home to his parents a hero he was now a household name and was recognised everywhere he went. He advertised British beef, television sets, aftershave, and breakfast cereals.

The money was rolling in. He paid his taxes to keep himself right and still had a tidy sum in the bank. He bought his mother and father a new house near Moor Park Hospital. The two bed roomed house cost him £30.000. His mother and father were over the moon and Joe was kept in work because of his son.

Mickey now owned the Lonsdale belt out right and he relinquished the title to fight Angel Robinson Garcia of Spain.

The fight would take place in July at the Palau del Esport’s in Barcelona it would be the first time as a pro that he would be boxing out of his country.

“If he won he would receive £100.000 pounds; there was trouble in the camp though because Terry Lawless was demanding 20% of his purse. He was still under contract with Lawless and he sought help from a solicitor who straightened things out. Lawless could only ask for twenty per cent if he won the world title. Even then Mickey was reluctant to pay him 20 %.

They ambiance in the McCabe camp was all too apparent and the papers were having a field day.

Saying that Mickey McCabe had not trained properly for this fight and would be lucky if he went five rounds with the Spanish bull Garcia.

This was unsettling for Mickey who just went about his business and didn’t give any interviews on the advice of his solicitor.

On the eve of the fight Jimmy Tibbs pulled out and a replacement cuts man had to step in.

They brought in Joe Barker who had worked in Henry coopers corner and Brian London’s.

Garcia was noted for his use of the head so Mickey would have his work cut out.

There was no Argent Playing when Mickey entered the ring just the national anthems.

There were hardly any fans from Britain in the arena either.

Mickey wasn’t happy with the way Barker had bandaged his hands so they were redone before Manuel Ortiz the referee came to sign them after they were inspected.

Terry got together with Mickey before the bout and told him before the fight that he wanted to put their differences aside and be totally professional. “You are paying me to do a job he said and that I will do.’

Mickey walked slowly to the ring then stepped up onto the ring apron then ducked under the middle rope.

 

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