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 didn’t box again for six months then he defended his Euro crown against Jorgen Hansen of Denmark winning by knock out in the fifth round.

After this fight Mickey and Britta were married in the small church in Zaandam.

The farm was making a good profit as well as the guest house; the guests were only too glad to meet Mickey who had a special room with all of his awards and photos including the ring magazine fighter of the year the Sports writer’s personality of the year, and the boxing news fighter of the year. His belts hung proudly in glass cases. And every one who visited wanted an autograph. He was treated like royalty in Amsterdam and he rarely paid for a meal when he took the family out to a restaurant.

He received a phone call in January from the British Board of Control informing him that Ray Seals had agreed to fight him on May the 23rd in Caesars Palace. He could use the facilities in the Kronk Gym run by Emanuel Steward the boxing promoter and trainer who had steered many fighters to greatness including Hilmer Kenty, Ernesto Espana and Tommy Hearn’s. The deal was that Mickey would receive $500,000 dollars plus television rights. Mickey flew to Los Vegas to sign the contract and he visited the Kronk Gym where he did a sparring session with Tommy Hearn’s who was now boxing at super middleweight. He brought Britta with him and they spent a month there Manny said that he was prepared to buy his contract from Lawless if he would come and relocate to the USA. It certainly was a tempting offer and worth consideration. Had Britta liked the idea he would have said yes. Don King even came sniffing around with offers and trying to quote lines from William Shakespeare.

Mickey agreed to pay Terry Lawless 15% of his earnings which healed the rift between them and Jimmy Tibbs was back on board as well. Now he could get his head together and concentrate on the fight that lay ahead. He flew to London to prepare whilst Britta went back to the farm.

Mickey Trained harder than he had ever done in his life; his diet was spot on and his fluid and bloods were taken every day. This was something he had learned from Manny Steward.

Diet and fluid intake played a massive part in the performance of every sportsman. If you got  it wrong and it meant the difference between winning and losing.

Many fighters in the past have been weight weakened by piling on the pounds then trying to shed the excess weight too quickly prior to a fight. Mickey had been disciplined he led a clean life trained right and never took performance enhancing drugs.

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