Former undisputed World Middleweight Champion boxer. Given the nickname “Boom Boom” for his incredible knock-out record.
Alan Minter turned professional in October 1972 and went on to win the British middleweight title in 1975, adding the European title in 1977. He also won the bronze medal at the 1972 Munich Olympic Games.
Alan won five fights in a row by knockout in 1972, and, in the following year, Pat Dwyer became the first boxer to go the distance with him, over eight rounds in London. Minter won his next five fights, three by knockout. In 1975, he won four fights in a row, including another bout in Hamburg, and by the end of the year, he challenged Kevin Finnegan for the British Middleweight title, winning it by a 15 round decision. In 1976 he won six fights, to extend his streak to ten consecutive wins.
In 1977, he won the European Middleweight title by beating Germano Valsecchi by a knockout in five in Italy.
In Las Vegas in 1980, Alan Minter was given a shot at World Middleweight Champion Vito Antuofermo’s title at the Caesars Palace. He won the title by a 15 round decision and, in a rematch, he retained the world title by a TKO in eight rounds.
He left boxing with a widely recognised reputation as a knockout king with a record of 39 wins, 9 losses and 1 no contest, with 23 wins by knockout, earning him the nickname “Boom Boom”.
In 1980 Alan struck up a fierce rivalry with “Marvelous” Marvin Hagler and the two met at Wembley Arena in one of boxing’s most memorable fights.
Alan has also appeared on the BBC’s long-running quiz show A Question of Sport.
Currently he resides in Littlehampton, England and tours the UK in autograph and lecture shows, alongside Jim Watt, another world boxing champion.
Alan’s son, Ross “The Boss” Minter, also competed in the welterweight division and is a former English and British Welterweight Champion.
Alan is an excellent events host and entertaining after dinner speaker.