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Terry Spinks MBE: Canning Town Hero
August 8, 2013  //  By:   //  Sport  //  No Comment

Born 28th February 1938: Died April 26th 2012 Age 74. Division Featherweight. Stance was Orthodox and he had 56 fights,45 wins, 13 by knockouts. He won the Gold Medal at the 1956 Summer Olympics fighting in the flyweight division(under 51k). He was 18 at the time defeating Mircea Dobrescu on points. Terry fought for the British Featherweight title against the holder Bobby Neil at the Royal Albert Hall. Terry won in the 7th Round when it was stopped due to cuts suffered by Neil. The two met again in 1960 at The Empire Pool, Wembly when Neil was knocked down three times in the 14th and counted out. In May 1961 he defended his title against the Welshman Howard Winstone again at Wembly. Winstone won by a technical knockout in the eight round. Terry continued boxing until 1962 but never challenged for the title again. He went on to coach the South Korean team at the 1972 Munich Olympics. He witnesses the approach of the Black September Terrorists who went on to massacre the Israeli Team and bravely raised the alarm. At his funeral Sports Historian Norman Giller said “Terry hung up his gloves in 1962 but we have never hung up our memories of one of the most accomplished fighters to come out of the East End boxing factory”. Newham’s Mayor Sir Robin Wales honoured Terry in August 2013 when he named a newly regenerated community space under Canning Town flyover “Terry Spinks Place”. The Mayor said “Having Terry’s name displayed in his former home town will remind us what can be achieved through aspiration and the support of your family friends and neighbours. Terry Spinks showed us what true grit,determination and ambition can achieve”

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