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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All the papers gave Mickey no chance against what they said was the best technical boxer since Sugar Ray Robinson. Mickey dismissed the comments as he had his own game plan. Britta and her family sat with Dani and Baako; His father and mother, Joe Myers and Eric Clark all at ringside.

Sports writer Colin Hart, Commentator Harry Carpenter and Henry Cooper all sat waiting whilst the announcements were read out and both fighters introduced.

Seals banged his gloves together as he looked towards Mickey McCabe who had his fighters face on; that look of a wild animal waiting, stalking his prey. He was ready to die to win this title and nothing and no one was going to stop him fulfilling that dream. Something he’d dreamt about since he had first slipped on a pair of boxing gloves.

The fighters were called to centre ring by Arthur Mercante who reiterated the rules to them both whilst Seals shouted in his face “You is going down sucker” Mickey looked into his eyes, he saw it; there was fear in the eyes of the champion.

Seals would not touch gloves so Mickey did. He walked back to his corner where Terry Lawless and Jimmy Tibbs were standing waiting for the first bell to sound.

 

Harry Carpenter said “This is it then; can the British challenger take the title from a man regarded by many as the fastest and most brilliant boxer since Sugar Ray Robinson.

The bell sounded and Mickey came out like a bullet he threw punches in clusters of fours and fives and Seals was taken by surprise. He’d expected Mickey to make a cautious start. He was caught cold with some bone crunching punches as Mickey let rip on him.

Ray Seals cornermen were shouting to him to get out of the corner but Mickey had Seals pinned there. He blasted his head and body as if his very life depended on it.

For nearly a minute Mickey kept up the onslaught until Seals did the only thing he could do and that was grab hold of his man and try and hold on.

His head was pounding after Mickey had caught him with three hard shots. Arthur Mercante broke the fighters up.

Seals then got into rhythm and started to use his jab in order to keep Mickey at bay.

The bell sounded and the crowd gave Mickey a great cheer. The Americans loved an under dog.

Dennis Lord looked pleased as he looked at Mickey’s corner.

Terry Lawless told him to repeat the dose, “Stick to our game plan Mickey, do you hear me but it was hard to hear amongst the crowd.’

There was a ten second buzzer and Mickey stood up. He counted two in his head then the bell went.

 

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