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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“I don’t go in for all of this handbags at twenty paces stuff. But I will say this, I respect Mr Fernandez because he is the WBC champion of the world. But as a man I think he has a lot to learn about respect for his opponents.’

“So you’re the one who’s going to teach me some respect whilst you’re picking your ass of the canvas.’

“You have to land a punch first.’ I assure you that you will be eating my gloved fists as they pound into both your head and body on Saturday night.’

 The two men eyeballed each other for the cameras. Fernandez tried to put his huge fist into Michaels face. Michael quickly parried it then put his fist into Fernandez’s face. The cameras ate it up and Fernandez was not amused. He pushed Michael in the chest making him stumble back. Then snarled at his challenger before shouting. “You is going down sucker.’ To which Michael coolly replied.

“Not If I put you down first.’

Michael walked out of the press conference and headed for the train station they walked several blocks before seeing a subway and went down the stairs and bought tickets. By the time Michael made it back a crowd of British people had gathered outside the training camp.’

“I hope you knock the grin off that arrogant bastards face on Saturday night Mickey.’

I’ll do my best and thank you for your support.’

Michael went inside then undid the button on his collar then pulled off the tie he was wearing. He knew that there would be another face off at the weigh in on Friday then he would not see Fernandez again until they met inside the ring. Michael was surprisingly calm considering what had just happened.

“Did you see what that arrogant bastard did Mick?’

“I must have him really worried eh.’ You know standing next to him he wasn’t as big as I thought he would be.’

 Over the next few days they wound down Michael and Pauls training schedule and went on a sightseeing tour of New York. The fight was now taking place in the 70.000 seat Santa Clara Stadium. In a change from Madison Square Garden.

“It made no difference to the purse money or the TV rights, they had signed a contract and the money would be paid into their accounts. As the weigh in took place Fernandez didn’t make the weight of 175lbs and had just one hour in which to lose six pounds. He skipped and went into a sauna then on his second attempt was bang on the limit. Hector blamed the hotel scales being wrong.

He had been on a strict diet for over six weeks to rid his body of toxin’s and the fat around his middle. Emanuel Stewart was worried that the dramatic weight loss could have some effect upon Hectors liver due to dehydration if the fight went the distance. Little be known to Stewart or Coley, Fernandez had been taking an anabolic steroid called Nandrolone. It was meant to enhance performance. With all the cocaine that he’d been snorting it had taken its toll on his body. Without the performance enhancement drug he wouldn’t last six rounds. Hectors strategy was to come out and pressure Clément’s into submission. Hector thought that it would take him five rounds to finish the job. 

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