AN ORIGINAL GEE: LENNY MACLEAN vs ROY SHAW III

Veteran fight enthusiast Mervyn Gee was vocal in his distain for Mayweather vs McGregor. Here he remembers a circus match he attended all the way back in 1978: the rubber match between Lenny “The Guvnor” Maclean and Roy “Pretty Boy” Shaw.

In the years before Frank Warren’s unlicenced fights were made legal (although still not recognised by the BBB of C) these kind of fights went on all over London. Those attending were there mainly by invitation.

Lenny McLean and Roy Shaw were the leading lights in these type of fights. They fought three times, the score was one each when they met for the decider in September 1978 at the Rainbow Theatre in Finsbury Park, North London. Continue reading “AN ORIGINAL GEE: LENNY MACLEAN vs ROY SHAW III”

AN ORIGINAL GEE: A VISIT TO THE INTERNATIONAL BOXING HALL OF FAME

Our veteran writer Mervyn Gee is an active member of his local ex-boxers association and has visited the International Boxing Hall of Fame (IBHOF) in Canastota. Here he shares some personal photographs taken with ex-boxers and fistic personalities..

The photograph below with Bert Sugar – boxing historian and former editor of The Ring and Boxing Illustrated – was taken in 2009, four years after Sugar was inducted in the International Boxing Hall of Fame and three years before he sadly passed away. The photo was taken outside “Grazianos”, a pub in Canastota run by Rocky Graziano’s uncle.

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AN ORIGINAL GEE: FROM THE WELSH VALLEYS TO THE BIG APPLE

Our veteran correspondent Mervyn Gee has experienced a lot in decades around the fight business. Here he writes about his early days in London and a New York friendship which took him to heady places…

Back in 1960 – the year when Cassius Clay returned home with the light-heavyweight Olympic gold medal – I ’emigrated’ from the Welsh valleys and was lucky enough to quickly land work in Hampstead, North London, where the British Boxing Board of Control gym was located.

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AN ORIGINAL GEE: LEWIS vs HOLYFIELD REMEMBERED FROM INSIDE THE GARDEN

Veteran fight enthusiast and Vice-President of his local ex-boxers association Mervyn Gee was at Madison Square Garden the night Lennox Lewis met Evander Holyfield for the undisputed heavyweight championship. He recalls the heady night and more in his own intimate and personal style..

The official poster for the big unification match

My great pal Derek Kendall and I eagerly set off from Heathrow en-route to New York to attend the Lennox Lewis v Evander Holyfield unification fight at Madison Square Garden on March 13.

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