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Touching Gloves with…Alvaro ‘Yaqui’ Lopez

by on Dec.21, 2015, under Boxing News

By Dan Hanley

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To explain what Yaqui Lopez brought to the table is quite simple and also, quite difficult. You see, boxing today is in an age of flux with MMA to contend with, not to mention a glut of safety-first fighters involved in the sweet science. So when I say that the sight of the name, ‘Yaqui Lopez’ in our quaint TV listings of the day would bring an excited shiver to my spine, I think some of the contemporary fans would either roll their eyes or stare quizzically at the text. But for those who lived through the ’70s and ’80s as fight fans, they know exactly what I’m on about. Because I’m talking sheer excitement here, baby. (continue reading…)

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Touching Gloves with…John Conteh

by on Dec.29, 2012, under Boxing News

By Dan Hanley

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John Conteh

Few boxing personalities have been able to transcend their notoriety from the fight game into pop culture. Requiring both adulation and controversy, an athlete can find the gulf between sport and the social mainstream notoriously wide. However, by the time England’s John Conteh was appearing on the cover of Paul McCartney’s ‘Band on the Run’ album in the mid 70s, he had bridged that gulf through talent, good looks, charisma and a biting ‘Scouser’ wit.

DH: John, the popular opinion is that you are originally from Liverpool, but one source I once read suggested you were actually born in Sierra Leone. Can you clarify?

JC: I had heard that too, but it was me Dad who was actually from Sierra Leone. He was a Merchant Seaman and he came to Liverpool in ’43. He met me Mum, got married and then we started to arrive. (continue reading…)

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