Under Scrutiny

A story of back street abortion in 1948 and how the change came about where women were given contraception and could go to a clinic to have a termination. A doctor who's ex- wife dies of cancer is left to bring up his daughter who has downs syndrome. His perception of the disability is changed when he discovers that his daughter is brighter than he first thought. This is a story of acceptance and the love between a disabled girl and her father. The story includes prize fighting when Billy Tugg Fawcett and his friend a black heavyweight fighter called Bill Peters fight their way to a title fight but gangsters and racketeers are after Bill when he refuses to throw a fight.


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Paul “Gypsy King was a good looking kid with a mop of curly hair and a moustache. Norman had seen him fight a few times and knew that his son would have to be at the top of his game to beat this kid.  The announcer introduced both fighters as they stepped in side the ring. There was over a thousand in the crowd to watch the ten bouts that would be taking place. As the referee brought both fighters together for their final instructions Tug looked into the eyes of his opponent to see if there was any fear in them. There wasn’t.

From the first bell both fighters’ went to work throwing an array of punches. It was fast and furious as both men gave no quarter.

When the round ended Norman jumped into the ring and put the stool down for his son. Dave Ritson was acting as his second and Norman passed him the gumshield to be rinsed out. Norman who’s trade mark was always a towel round his neck spoke quietly to his son. “Billy you are not going to knock this kid out you are going to have to go the full fifteen rounds son.”

Keep move to his right and throw a jab then a left hook and right cross. Test his ribs out as well with short hooks to the body if he tries to get in close.

The bell sounded for the second round as Dave Ritson grabbed the stool and pulled it through the bottom rope.

Billy did as his father had instructed and gained a little success. He couldn’t catch King cleanly though as his footwork was superb, he was able to ride a lot of Billy’s punches.

Over the next six rounds both men tried to punch the other into submission. The ninth round saw a breakthrough when Billy was able to catch Paul with a good body punch and he went down on one knee and took a count of eight. He immediately went on his bike and kept away from Billy until the round was over.

In the tenth round Billy thinking he had got the measure of his man went wading in and got tagged with a left hook which floored Billy. He shook his head trying to clear it as the referee counted over him. Billy got up at seven and grabbed hold of King who was trying his utmost to finish his man.

Norman Fawcett was screaming at his son to use his jab and keep out of trouble.

Billy was relieved when the bell sounded.

Over the next four rounds both men used their boxing skills slipping each others punches. The sweat poured onto the canvas from the exertion of both men. The crowd were going wild they were witnessing one of the best fights that Earls Court had ever staged.

The bell for the fifteenth and final round sounded; both men were tired and they got into a clinch Billy worked away to the body whilst Paul tried to hook his opponent to the head. They both had given their all. They swapped punch for punch until the final bell. Both men embraced then went back to their corners. The fight was very close thought Norman as he dried his son down with his towel and Dave Ritson passed up the bottle for him to take a drink after his father had removed his gumshield.


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