Alan Minter

Alan Minter

Former World Boxing Champion , After Dinner Speaker, Top Table Guest

Minter won the bronze medal at the 1972 Munich Olympic Games. Participating in these games meant that he probably felt, to a degree at least, the tragedy of the eleven Israeli athletes murdered during the course of the games.

Minter began his career at the age of 21, on Halloween night of '72. The fact he started boxing that night was, perhaps, one of his life's biggest ironies, considering that later on, he'd lose a couple of his fights because of deep bleeding from cuts.

In 1980, Minter was finally given the opportunity all fighters dream of: On March 16 of that year, in Las Vegas, Nevada, he was given a shot at champion Vito Antuofermo's world Middleweight title at the Ceasars Palace Hotel. He won the title by a 15 round decision, and in a rematch, he retained the world title by a knockout in eight rounds.

Minter's run as world champion came to an end on September 27 of that year, when he lost by a knockout in three to Marvin Hagler at Wembley Arena in London. After the fight was stopped, Minter's supporters caused a riot, throwing beer cans and glass into the ring and both boxers had to be carried away by the police.

Minter beat fringe contender Ernie Singletary in London, in 1981, but after losses to future Hagler challengers Mustafa Hamsho and Tony Sibson, both also in London, he retired for good.

He left boxing with a record of 39 wins, 9 losses and 1 no contest, with 23 wins by knockout.

He is now popular on the After Dinner Circuit with his entertaining speech relating many true stories from his successful career.

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