The story focuses on three families. The Kinnear's, The Millsap's, and the Owen's. All different. They live very different lifestyles. Albert Kinnear the Librarian, who's parents came from Swindon but live in Pinetree Gardens, his father Jack is an engineer. He is a keen gardener and Pigeon fancier. Albert meets the daughter of Charlie and Elizabeth Millsap. They live on Kenton Road, in a bought property. He also is a pigeon man who has wangled his way into a chairman's job. he is a welder down the docks. No one is good enough for their daughter and they resent the relationship between Laura and Albert. Then there is William Owen(Willick) a roofing builder who lives in Cedarwood Avenue with two son's and a daughter. Alan is a jack the lad; he will sleep with any woman given the chance. Harry the youngest is a joiner and the brains in the family. Evelyn his daughter is twenty five and her father is pushing her to meet a man and get married so he can have grandchildren.


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Michael argued that it was him in the ring taking the punches. An agreement was settled and Norman agreed to a 15% take of the purse but all other money’s from TV rights and endorsements were Michael’s alone. The fight would take place on September 22nd Tickets would be split 60-40 in Mendoza’s favour.  At the press conference Mendoza taunted the British champion saying that he would be the matador and he the bull who would be slain. He came dressed as a matador and mimed a spearing with real swords. Michael said that this was one bull who would not succumb to the sword because he was a British bulldog and added when the bulldog bites it hangs on and never lets go.’ The Spaniard had lost the battle of words and Michael aimed to make him eat his words in the bullring. The fight was to be staged in the afternoon with the temperature reaching over a hundred degree’s.

Norman was offered the use of Sam’s Gym in Marbella so that Michael could get used to the heat. He trained in the hottest part of the day and sparred in the open air boxing ring. All of his running was done in the hills of the De La Ronda. His food was prepared and cooked by an English chef who lived and ran his own restaurant in Spain. First it was out to the market the in Manilvina by car to buy all the food for the whole team. Fresh fruit and vegetables were carefully chosen by Mark Watson. Norman and Dave Ritson his fitness coach were on hand to advise on the diets of his fighters and to help him carry everything from the Market and the supermarket back to the quarters in the gym where there was a fully workable kitchen. Michael was swimming in the 50 metre pool length after length whilst they were away. Michael had been there almost a month and he was well tanned with all the outdoor activities. Some of the others who were on the bill found the heat too much at times and they had to get in the shade. Billy Hardy the fair skinned ginger haired kid from Sunderland who was fighting for the Bantam weight title against Pedro Fernandez had to be lathered in sun cream because he kept getting burnt. They hired young Spanish women to give them a massage and Billy who had just turned 21 years old was smitten by the beauty of the two masseurs especially Fabia Alba who looked like a page three model she had stunning looks and Billy was trying to chat her up but Norman had chosen two girls who didn’t speak a word of English so that there would be no distractions from the boxers he was looking after but Billy was persistent. He began to draw things on pieces of paper and then asked for a Spanish translation book. He spent hours composing a letter to the young girl only to find out after she had read and wrote back to him telling him that she had a boyfriend already and was engaged to be married. Billy was devastated. They all laughed about it when they found out. Norman told him to get his head out of his arse and get on with his training.

The seven man team consisted of Colin Rocky Innes, Frankie Forster, Dominic McGuigan, Dave Hindmarsh, Paul King, and Paul Tucker Grant. Paul was brought over to help Michael but was boxing at heavyweight. Another couple of other light heavies called Karl Duke and Billy Paris came over to spar. It was like a working holiday for these guys. They ran trained and sparred six rounds each with Michael every day then the rest of the day was theirs to do as they wished. Every evening they went into town with Paul King the good looking lad and area welterweight champion. Paul was very conversant with the lingo and got them into night clubs and fixed up with the local girls. Dave Ritson the fitness coach looked on in envy as Paul chatted the girls up. The locals weren’t amused with foreigners muscling in on their women and they were followed. Paul decided that it would be best if they stood their ground and fight it out so the seven of them stopped and faced the crowd.

Paul spoke to the biggest member of the group. Hey amigo’s Que quieres?’

The young man stood and pointed then said: “Alejate de nuestra chicas.’

 “What did he say?’

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