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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It was brought in by non-other than Carlos Mendoza himself who presented the belt in a wooden case to Michael and shook his hand. Both men carried the scars of battle.

“You amigo are one tough man.’ You were stronger than I anticipated.’

“And You Carlos were one brave Bull.’

“Now that the fight is over I would like you to join me and my family for a drink.’

Carlos introduced him to his wife Margarita and his son Carlos Junior and his parents who has witnessed one of the greatest fights of all time in a bullring.

They ate and drank until the early hours of the morning whilst Spanish guitars played and they danced.

When they left Carlos said that he would always be made welcome in his home and that they would be lifelong friends.

Michael shook the hand of the man that he’d beaten; he picked up the case with the belt inside then left with Norman and the rest of the lads. Michael ordered a taxi to take them back to the hotel to pick up their baggage then take them to the airport. They checked out of hotel at twenty past five in the morning then made their way to the airport in Seville. Michael caused a bit of a stir when he walked in with the wooden case. In light of the recent hijackings security was very tight. Michael was forced to open up the case in front of two heavily armed guards. They were none too amused when Paul King told them in Spanish that Michael had defeated Carlos Mendoza to take the European title. Eventually they were allowed to board the plane and the flight took off on time

The three and a half hour flight went smoothly and they landed in Newcastle airport at just after eleven o’clock in the morning. By the time they reach home the house was swarming with press all eager to get a picture of new champion.’

TV offers came flooding in for him to give interviews and to advertise various goods. Michael now choose carefully and who would pay the largest sums of money for him to advertise their goods. These were firstly vetted by his wife who had become a self-appointed agent. It took a lot of pressure off him. Negotiations were already going on to get Hector Fernandez the WBC World Champion to sign a deal to fight Michael in April 1980. Roy Silky Steven’s the WBA and IBF World Champion was also in a mega fight deal to try and get the fight on with Fernandez. They wanted to unify the titles and if they fought all the belts would be on the line. It would be a big money spinner but Fernandez wanted the higher end of the purse and negotiations had broken down because Steven’s said that Fernandez needed him rather than the other way around.

Norman Fawcett spent over three days talking with Emanuel Stewart the manager of Fernandez trying to reach a deal by which they both agreed. Don King the man who looked like a cross between a troll and a man with grey coloured candy floss in his hair said that Madison Square Garden would be the perfect venue. It had a seating capacity of nearly 20.000 and with box office and TV rights the fight would gross $15 million dollars. If that was the case Norman Fawcett would make enough money to retire if he wanted.

When the talks were settled Norman agreed a deal whereby Fernandez would get $9 million dollars and Michael $6 million. There was a clause in the contract that stated that if Michael won the title then he would have to give Fernandez a return within nine months. The venue to be chosen by the champion. Norman said that they could fill Wembley Stadium for the return bout if Michael were to win. It could hold over 120.000 people and would be the biggest gate since Jack Dempsey took on 

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