Alan Minter

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Alan Minter biography

Alan Minter is a former World Middleweight Champion boxer, an Olympic medallist, and former European Middleweight champion. Famed for his hard-hitting blows, this tough, British southpaw puncher had an impressive record of twenty-three wins by knockout.

Turning Pro

Alan Minter (nicknamed Boom Boom) turned professional in October 1972 after winning the Amateur Boxing Association middleweight title. Also in that year, he competed at the Olympic Games in Munich and enhanced his reputation as a title contender by taking the bronze medal. The following year, in a now classic encounter, Pat Dwyer became the first boxer to go the distance with him (over eight rounds), in London.

He started the 1975 season impressively by winning four consecutive fights, including a big bout in Hamburg. By the end of the year, Alan Minter was ready to challenge the then British Middleweight Champion, Kevin Finnegan, for the title. He won it by a fifteen round decision. His impressive form continued into 1976, winning six fights to extend his streak to ten consecutive wins, but Boom Boom wasn’t done there. He continued to box at the highest level into 1977, culminating in a victory (by knockout) over Germano Valsecchi for the European Middleweight title, in Italy.

World Middleweight Champion

In another classic encounter, Alan Minter was given a shot at World Middleweight Champion Vito Antuofermo’s title at Caesars Palace in 1980. He not only won the title, by a fifteen round decision, he also successfully retained the world title by TKO in a rematch.

Minter retired from professional boxing in 1981 after losing an attempt on the European title. However, he left the sport with a reputation as one of its biggest hitters and an impressive record of thirty-nine wins, nine losses, and one no-contest.


Alan now tours the UK in autograph and lecture shows and makes many celebrity appearances, alongside fellow former boxing champ, Jim Watt. He has also made appearances on popular sports programmes, including ‘A Question of Sport’. Alan Minter is a charismatic event host and entertaining after dinner speaker.

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