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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Three weeks before the fight both fighters had to meet for a press conference and Seals was in a boasting mood telling the press that he was going to knock Mickey McCabe out Boom, Boom!

 When asked about the comments that Seals had made Mickey just smiled and said I will let my fists do the talking.’

Mickey went back to the Kronk Gym where Manny passed on a few tips about Seals and how he could be beaten.

Top class spar partners who mimicked seals style were brought in and Mickey trained right up to the last two days where he rested.

At the weigh in Mickey scaled ten stone six pounds the same as his opponent.

It was now that he could stock up on energy giving carbohydrates that would see him through the latter rounds if it came to a point’s decision. Everyone was predicting a distance fight. The morning of the fight the odds on a knock out were very low with odds of 50-1 for a knock out in rounds one to four 20-1 rounds five to eight 10-1 rounds eight to twelve and 5-1 for eleventh and twelfth rounds. 2-1 points decision.

That morning Mickey got a surprise visit.

“Hello Mickey long times no hear matey’ it was Dennis Lord dressed in a white suite and red tie. How are you feeling he said as he sparred up to Mickey in mock combat?

“I’m fine said Mickey then asked what he was doing in Los Vegas.

“I’ve come to see you lift the welterweight championship of the world.’

“Come on Dennis I am not stupid; why are you here.’

“Look I won’t beat around the bush I’ve come to collect on a favour I did for you.’

Well I heard that you did very well out of that encounter. Yes that was because of Jeff Decker not you my friend.’

If you have come to ask me to throw this fight you’re mistaken Dennis I would not lie down for you or for God himself.

“Quite the opposite Mickey; I want you to knock this guy out but I want you to do it in round four.’

“Come on Dennis this is no bum we are talking about here; he was an Olympic Gold medallist for Christ sake.”

“Okay,’ then what about rounds five to eight I can get 20-1 on that?’

I will be trying my best to win any way that I can Dennis.’

“I’m not asking Mickey I’m telling you; I’m going to lay £100.000 on you to win in rounds five to eight.’ I wouldn’t disappoint me Mickey.’

Dennis turned and then winked at Mickey as he left the hotel room.’


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