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 was more nervous at the prospect of not finishing the fight by round eight than actually fighting his opponent. He knew how evil Dennis Lord could be. Yes he came across as this nice guy who helped people out but underneath all that he was a sadistic man who actually enjoyed inflicting pain. Mickey didn’t want to be on the end of that. There were twelve bouts on that night as Mickey got his massage on the rubbing bench in his own dressing room. The seating capacity was some 4.986 and standing room of 1.340. But the television coverage was massive across the whole of the united stated where pay per view brought in millions in revenue.

Don King was making a mint from all of this and as usual it was the fighters who got the shit end of the stick he thought.

“What time is it asked Mickey as he took in some Hydration drink?

Its eleven thirty said Jimmy Tibbs but number nine has just finished he said as he finished taping up his bandaged hands. Mickey went through his stretching drills before Arthur Mercante came into the dressing room to relay the rules of the fight to him. The three knock down rule applied so if a fighter was knocked down three times in a round the fight would be stopped. If a fighter was cut so badly by a clash of heads before round four and could no longer continue then the points would be totalled and he who was ahead on the score cards would be declared the winner. If a knockdown occurred the fighter had to go to the nearest neutral corner before the count could commence. Mickey nodded so that Mercante knew that he understood what had been said then he signed his bandages and wished him luck.

The gloves would be put on in the ring under the new ruling and they were also using a new type of glove whereby the thumb part was stitched to the palm of the glove so there was less chance of eye damage from a thumb in the eye. A lot of fighters had sustained eye damage over the years as a result of this. Also there were no laces on these gloves. The wrists were elasticated and they were taped onto the fighter’s wrists with duck tape to prevent injury. Mickey began his warm up routine in front of a huge mirror it was hot in there again so Mickey took in another drink.

 

Seals hammed it up as he was transported to the ring via a high wire dressed in a golden dressing gown, boxing trunks, boots, and gloves. The only colour that wasn’t gold was the name Golden boy that embellished his trunks in black lettering.

He came into the ring to “What’s going on” by Marvin Gaye.

Mickey rotated his neck as he waited in the corridor until it was his time to come to the ring the crowd were whipped up to near hysteria as the drums began to play to Argent’s “Hold your head up” Mickey shuffled his way to the ring on what would be the biggest night of his life.

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