Danny McAlinden former British and Commonwealth heavyweight champion original black & white press photos.
1x Up close and personal 1973 photo after becoming British & Commonwealth heavyweight champion. Measures 7" x 5".
2x Ringside action shot 8" x 5 1/2" photos.
Copyright stamped and dated with measurment/publication details on reverse.
Condition very good (light corner creasing & minor edge wear)
By Coventry Live, 14 Oct 2010
A former British boxing champion from Coventry is fighting a new battle against cancer.
Danny McAlinden is being treated at St Bartholomew’s hospital in London after being diagnosed with tongue cancer.
The 63 year old ex-fighter held the British and Commonwealth heavyweight title between 1972 and 1975 after he knocked out Jack Bodell during the second round at Aston Villa Park, Birmingham.
A few weeks later there had even been talks of a fight with Muhammad Ali.
Danny spoke to close friend and boxing reporter Jason Lowe from his hospital bed who is said to be feeling ‘weak’ but also hopeful to pull through the illness and return to his normal life.
He also said staff have been keeping him in high spirits for both him and his family.
Born in Newry, Northern Ireland, Danny moved to Coventry a week short of his 15th birthday and quickly earned his nickname Dangerous Dan.
He began boxing for the Edgewick Amateur club in Coventry and won bronze medals at European and Commonwealth level.
He had 11 straight wins after becoming a professional in the summer of 1969 with manager George Middleton who had already signed Mick Leahy and Warwickshire’s Turpin brothers.
Danny made his mark on his first appearance as a pro when he took on three fighters in one night in a total of four rounds.
And later in his career he beat the brothers of Muhammad Ali and Floyd Patterson but lost against Bunny Johnson from Birmingham, in 1975 after nine rounds. Later that year the fighter lost against Richard Dunn in an attempt to regain the titles.
Following 25 years as a professional boxer he developed a new career as an actor and after dinner speaker.
He appeared as a boxing trainer in ITV’s The Bill in 1994.
Jason Lowe said: “Since the Martin Rogan versus Matt Skelton fight in August last year both of us have become quite good friends.
“We phone each other very regular and often meet up. I had noticed a speech change in his voice at the funeral of Mick Leahy in January and he always passed it off when I asked if he was okay.
“I knew he wasn’t but he kept it to myself and just said it was a cold. “Now he is under going cancer treatment and his health has declined over the last few weeks.”
Danny McAlinden vs Jack Bodell - 27/06/1972, Villa Park, Birmingham.
Danny McAlinden (born 1 June 1947 in Newry, Northern Ireland) former heavyweight who was British and Commonwealth champion in 1972 when he defeated Jack Bodell in two rounds at the Aston Villa football ground.
McAlinden turned professional in 1969 and in his second professional fight, he stopped the future British champion Richard Dunn. He was at one time considered a potential opponent for the World champion George Foreman's first title defence. However, his form dipped and in 1973 he began to lose fights, eventually losing his title in 1975 to Bunny Johnson in nine rounds. He attempted to win back the title in 1975 when the holder was Richard Dunn, but he lost in round two. He fought on until 1981, losing several more fights. In total he had 45 fights with a 31–12–2 record, winning 28 by knockout.
In 2010 it was reported that he was suffering from cancer of the tongue.