The Main Event-Prelude.
Quick quiz to waken you up on a fine Friday morning.
Who am I?
I was born in Edinburgh at the end of WWII. I am one of Scotland’s greatest ever sportsmen,and almost certainly it’s greatest ever boxer-despite some illustrious competition. I was ABA Champion in my division in my late teens,and turned professional at the age of twenty.
I won my first 33 professional bouts in the next four years before fighting for the European title,suffering a points defeat to the reigning champion.
This wasn’t going to stop me being World Champion though!
Only the following year I fought reigning WBA champion Ismael Laguna in his own back yard in Puerto Rico,and neither he nor the sweltering heat were going to stop me. Top of the world,Ma! I’m World Champion!
Six fights later and I was the Undisputed World Champion!!!
Only a knee to the balls from Roberto Duran took the title from me,a low blow which is still talked about today as one of the most controversial bouts in the always controversial sport of boxing. I was no stranger to Madison Square Garden,the Mecca of boxing,but that may have soured my memories of it. He refused to give me a rematch too,despite being so ordered on TWO occasions to do so by the WBA
I won my next fourteen fights,many against former or future champions-including Jim Watt,Leonard Tavares and Carlos Ortiz-winning the British and European belts on the way,before my next title fight. In Japan!
Sadly I lost that one on points to local champion Guts Ishimatsu. I only fought once more after that-a successful defence of my European title-before I decided to retire at the age of 30.
Lastly,I was inducted into The International Boxing Hall of Fame in 2000,and I’m the only living British boxer in there!
Who am I? I’m Ken Buchanan,of course! But you knew that,didn’t you?
So what was all that about,you might well ask? Well,there are many of us who still hold Ken in the highest esteem-as well as many,like my Papa,who are sadly no longer with us. My Papa was born in 1892,so he had been around a bit. He sure knew his boxing. And so does site member TWISTSNTURNS.
And guess what? TWISTSNTURNS is meeting Ken in person next week-and Ken has agreed to answer some of your questions! It isn’t often that any of us get the chance to ask a question of an all-time great,an Undisputed World Champion,a favoured son. So take advantage of it and post your questions for TWISTSNTURNS to ask Ken.
Just be grateful it isn’t me doing the asking,cos I’d make an arse of it,get all flustered and tongue-tied!
Fittingly,there is a statue of the great man to be unveiled shortly,sited in his home city. It is a long overdue recognition of a legend,a man whom Roberto Duran didn’t want to fight twice! I’ll be sure to pay homage to him next time I visit there.
Above article by BMCUWP,who really cannot thank Twists and Ken enough for this.