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Former world champion boxer Terry Downes dies at 81

by 06/10/2017 19:47:00 0 comments 1 Views
  • Former world boxing champion Terry Downes has died at the age of 81 
  • During his illustrious career Downes defeated legendary Sugar Ray Robinson 
  • The iconic star passed away peacefully in his sleep, his family have confirmed

By Jeff Powell For Mailonline

Published: 12:28 EDT, 6 October 2017 | Updated: 19:47 EDT, 6 October 2017

Terry Downes, Britain's oldest world champion, has passed peacefully away at 81.

Much-admired for his brave, aggressive style, Downes shares with Randolph Turpin the distinction of having achieved a British victory over Sugar Ray Robinson.

Equally loved for his quick wit, Downes had this to say of his defeat of the legend considered by many the greatest boxer of all time, when Robinson was 41 years old: 'I didn't beat Sugar Ray, I beat his ghost. '

Britain¿s oldest world boxing champion Terry Downes has passed away at the age of 81
Britain¿s oldest world boxing champion Terry Downes has passed away at the age of 81

Britain's oldest world boxing champion Terry Downes has passed away at the age of 81

Downes won his world middleweight title by beating the brilliant Paul Pender and also recorded a win over a third great champion, Joey Giardello.

He leaves his wife Barbara, five children and eight grand-children, as well as the boxing world in mourning.

A statement from his family read: 'Terry Downes BEM, the former world middleweight champion, has died aged 81.

'Terry passed away peacefully on the morning of 6th October. At the time of his death he was Britain's oldest living world champion

'Terry was a beloved husband, father and grandfather to his wife Barbara, his five children and eight grandchildren, and will be enormously missed.

'The family ask for their privacy to be respected at this time.'

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