FIGHTERS The Lives and Sad Deaths of Freddie Mills and Randolph Turpin

Author: Morton (James)
Year: 2004
Publisher: TimeWarner
Edition Details: 1st Edn.
Book Condition: NrF.
ISBN: 9780751533217
Price: 10.00
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Paperback. PRESENTATION COPY. In July 1965 Freddie Mills, popular former light heavyweight champion of the world, was found shot in an alleyway off London's Charing Cross Road. Was he murdered and if so by whom? Did he kill himself and if so why should this happily married man whose popularity was immense take his own life? A year later Britain's second world champion of the era, the middleweight Randolph Turpin who defeated the fabulous Sugar Ray Robinson, was found shot dead in a room above his cafe in Leamington Spa. How did this man who earned thousands during his career come to end his life in a backstreet cafe? Or was he also murdered to prevent him getting the money due to him from his career? The author looks at the role of their managers and promoters and the relationship with the Boxing Board of Control. Should many of Mills' fights and some of Turpin's have been sanctioned? Is this in part what led to their deaths? Where did their money go? Gambling, women, protection? Is there any possible truth in the persistent rumours that Mills was the so-called Jack the Stripper murderer, the killer of prostitutes in Hammersmith? Illus., Bibliog., Freddie Mills' Professional Record, Randolph Turpin's Professional Record and Index. 410pp. p/back. From the library of former Det. Chief Supt. Leonard 'Nipper' Read, who also held various positions as a boxing administrator after his retirement from the police. PRESENTATION COPY INSCRIBED AND SIGNED BY THE AUTHOR to 'Nipper' Read and his wife Pat. V. lightly browned pp. o/w Nr. F. with no creasing to covers.

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