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    Default KIRKLAND LAING

    Courtesy of Sundayherald.com

    This article is nearly 2 years old, I just wondered if anybody knows anything about Laing’s progress since
    his accident. Did anybody see the documentary with Steve Bunce (also 2 years ago), where he tracked down Laing, living part-time on the streets as a down and out. This guy could’ve/should’ve been a multi milionaiire – such a shame


    Boxing: As the maverick fighter lies in hospital in a serious condition, Steve Bunce takes a look back at the life and career


    KIRKLAND LAING was arguably the best British fighter never to have won a world title. On Tuesday he fell from a balcony near his council flat in Hackney and was rushed to hospital. He was in and out of surgery and in a critical, but stable condition. There was even a rumour that he had died late on Friday night, but he regained consciousness although he is still very sick.

    Laing was quite brilliant in the ring and quite mad away from it. His idea of training hard was not smoking a 12-inch joint on the day of the fight, but forcing himself to have a midnight curfew the night before. He redefined the boundaries of maverick fighter again and again during a career that started in 1975 and ended in 1994. He won and lost the British and European titles and took part in some of the most memorable recent fights.

    However, it was one night in Detroit in 1982 when Laing, whose nickname was the Gifted One, came face to face with ring legend Roberto Duran. At the time Duran was one of the sport's biggest names but Laing was not bothered by reputation.

    The fight lasted 10 rounds and when it was over Laing was a clear winner and Duran was a bewildered and bruised loser. It should have been the start of Laing's illustrious career, the start of his money days but instead of taking advantage of his good fortune, dear old Kirkland just vanished.

    During the 13 months that Laing remained at large Duran went on to win the World Boxing Association Light Middleweight title from Davey Moore in front of 19,000 people at Madison Square Gardens and then lasted 15 rounds with Marvin Hagler in Las Vegas. Duran's legacy was guaranteed from the two fights and his bank account increased by something like $6 million.

    Laing just shrugged when I reminded him of this six weeks ago. Since Laing walked away from boxing he has been in and out of trouble. When I saw him he was still drinking, but he was also still smiling and still dreaming. In other words, he was still being the Kirkland Laing that so many people knew from his fighting days.

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    Default Re: KIRKLAND LAING

    I saw the BBC documentary. I recently read a writer who was very critical of it cause, they filmed bits before the accident yet still showed it and portrayed him in a worst state than he really was

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    Default Re: KIRKLAND LAING

    Kirkland, if I remember rightly, fought with his hands very low and had good reflexes? Was he the guy with the dreadlocks?

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    Default Re: KIRKLAND LAING

    Best British fighter to never win a world title? I think Herol Graham and Michael Watson might have something to say about that...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dark Destroyer
    Kirkland, if I remember rightly, fought with his hands very low and had good reflexes? Was he the guy with the dreadlocks?
    Yep, that's him
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dark Destroyer
    Best British fighter to never win a world title? I think Herol Graham and Michael Watson might have something to say about that...
    It does say arguably and it is one persons opinion who would want that acolade anyway? "well done mate your the best at being not quite good enough"

    Watching Laing was one of my first boxing memories, midweek sport special I expect, he was great fun
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    Quote Originally Posted by Memphis
    Quote Originally Posted by Dark Destroyer
    Best British fighter to never win a world title? I think Herol Graham and Michael Watson might have something to say about that...
    It does say arguably and it is one persons opinion who would want that acolade anyway? "well done mate your the best at being not quite good enough"

    Watching Laing was one of my first boxing memories, midweek sport special I expect, he was great fun
    I remember him fighting on there too, rememeber 1 fight where he got knocked out by some bloke called Buck Smith??
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    Quote Originally Posted by BIG H
    Quote Originally Posted by Memphis
    Quote Originally Posted by Dark Destroyer
    Best British fighter to never win a world title? I think Herol Graham and Michael Watson might have something to say about that...
    It does say arguably and it is one persons opinion who would want that acolade anyway? "well done mate your the best at being not quite good enough"

    Watching Laing was one of my first boxing memories, midweek sport special I expect, he was great fun
    I remember him fighting on there too, rememeber 1 fight where he got knocked out by some bloke called Buck Smith??
    Me too

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    Default Re: KIRKLAND LAING

    Yes mate, I havent done my av yet.
    When God said to the both of us "Which one of you wants to be Sugar Ray?" I guess I didnt raise my hand fast enough

    Charley Burley

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    Cheers mate, there seems to be some weird shit happening
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    I blame Meunouk.
    When God said to the both of us "Which one of you wants to be Sugar Ray?" I guess I didnt raise my hand fast enough

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    Default Re: KIRKLAND LAING

    yeah, I was just thinking, what with his mind control theroies an all that someone/thing could be having an influence on me

    In the hidden section it says i've posted on a thread that I haven't posted on
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    Thats what THEY want you to think
    When God said to the both of us "Which one of you wants to be Sugar Ray?" I guess I didnt raise my hand fast enough

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