Alan Minter: Former undisputed world middleweight boxing champion dies of cancer, aged 69

Alan Minter: Former undisputed world middleweight boxing champion dies of cancer, aged 69

- Alan Minter won the Olympic bronze medal in 1972 and went on to become an undisputed champion

- He has finally succumbed to cancer after a long battle with the dreaded illness

- The British legend died on Wednesday, September 9 at the age of 69

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Alan Minter reportedly died after a long battle with cancer with the former undisputed champion passing away at a Guildford hospital on Wednesday, September 9, Daily Star reports.

He was an undisputed world middleweight champion during the 80s as he retired with a 39-9 record, having also won an Olympic bronze medal in 1972.

"Dad was extremely proud of being undisputed world champion and I was always very proud when I was out with him to see how popular he was with people long after he had retired," his son Ross said.

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He became the middleweight champion of the world in 1980 after he scored more points against Vito Antuofermo in Las Vegas.

Three months later, he defeated Antuofermo in a rematch before Marvin Hagler stopped him later that year to see him lose his belts.

He fought three more times and defeat to Tony Sibson saw Minter hang up his gloves at the age of 29.

Alan Minter: Former undisputed world middleweight boxing champion dies of cancer, aged 69

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Speaking about his career, Minter had said: “Boxing didn’t come naturally to me.

“When I won the world title and defended it and then lost it, it was in my brain that enough’s enough.”

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Meanwhile, Legit.ng earlier reported that Floyd Mayweather's uncle Roger passed away at the age of 58.

Roger was heavily involved in Mayweather's training team following his own successful boxing career. Floyd attributed his discipline to his uncle who is regarded as the finest trainer of his generation.

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He trained Floyd for the first two years of his career and helped him become professional in 1996. Roger's health had been in a declining state for years and Floyd revealed that after-effects of his successful boxing career was the cause.

"My uncle Roger Mayweather has lost a lot of memory from the sport of boxing," Floyd said in an interview in 2015.

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