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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Tug Fawcett had Paul Gypsy King down in the second round of their British lightweight Championship. Paddy just beat the count and managed to hold on until the end of the round. Dave Ritson passed back his mouthpiece after rinsing it out Norman told Bill to start working King’s Body because he had to slow him down.

Billy came out in the third and went after King he measured him with a straight left then followed up with a hard right to King’s midriff. Tug knew he had hurt his man because King started to back peddle. Billy followed him to the ropes and belted him with lefts and rights to the head and when King covered up he switched the attack to his ribs.

King went down again on one knee and took another count, Bill could smell victory and went straight back onto the attack. Another two solid body shots put King down again and this time he was rolling around on the canvas the referee counted him out as he lay holding his ribs.

Tug Fawcett was the new Lightweight Champion of Great Britain.

Tug hugged his father and Dave Ritson they had been with him since he first started boxing as a schoolboy and now he was the champion. They put the Lonsdale belt around his waist whilst the photographers took photos that would appear in the boxing news and the Boxing Illustrated magazine.

Bill Peters was waiting to congratulate his work mate as he walked back to the dressing room. Bill had bought a bottle of champagne and placed it on the rubbing down bench in the changing room. Bill stuck a note next to the ice bucket that held the bottle it read – Well done Tug; I always knew you had it in you.

It was less than a month until Bill would be in the same ring fighting for the Light heavyweight title.


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