Ken Buchanan – Lightweight Champion of the World


Ken Buchanan was born in Edinburgh, Apostille NYC Scotland, on 28 June 1945, to parents Tommy and Cathie. Both of whom were very supportive of their son’s sporting ambitions throughout his early life. However, it was Ken’s aunt, Joan and Agnes, who initially encouraged the youngster’s enthusiasm for boxing. In 1952. the pair were shopping for Christmas presents for Ken and his cousin, Robert Barr, when they saw a pair of boxing gloves and it occurred to them that the two boys often enjoyed some playful sparring together. So, at the age of seven, the young Buchanan received his first pair of boxing gloves.  Fight Night Champion PC

It was another casual act, this time by father Tommy that sparked young Ken’s interest in competitive boxing. One Saturday, when the family had finished shopping, Tommy took his son to the cinema to see The Joe Louis Story and Ken decided he’d like to join a boxing club. Tommy agreed. and the eight-year-old joined one of Scotland’s best clubs. the Sparta. Two nights a week, alongside 50 other youths, young Ken learned how to box and before long he had won his first medal – with a three-round points win in the boys’ 49lb (three stone seven pound) division.  mobile car detailing phoenix

When he was 17, Buchanan won his first senior title, taking the East District bantamweight championship. Soon after that he reached the final of the Scottish Championships, but was outpointed. This earned him an international debut, where he scored a win against Switzerland, and a trip to the European championships in Russia, where an East German beat him in his first contest. The following year in 1965 Buchanan won the Scottish and ABA titles, and again he went to the European championships, where skeptics felt that politics had something to do with his controversial defeat by the reigning European and Olympic champion Stanislav Stepashkin of the USSR. Dubai Web Design Company

By now, it was time for the 20-year-old featherweight to think about those offers that had been coming in for him to turn professional . Eddie Thomas, who lived in Merthyr, Wales finally secured his signature for £500, even though other managers had offered more and most people expected Edinburgh’s ex-British featherweight champ, Bobby Neill. To get the job, however, Thomas was already training British, European and future world feather champ Howard Winstone, and he clinched it by agreeing that Buchanan could continue to live in Edinburgh.

He started boxing professionally on September 20, 1965, beating Brian Tonks by a knockout in two rounds in London. He spent much of the early parts of his career fighting undistinguished opponents in England. His Scottish debut came in his 17th fight, when he outpointed John McMillan over 10 rounds on January 23, 1967. Prior to that, he had also beaten Ivan Whiter by a decision in 8 rounds.

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Thomas curbed Buchanan’s willingness to mix it in his contests, emphasizing the benefits of defensive techniques and ringcraft. In Thomas’s opinion, the less punishment a fighter took, the longer his career lasted. However, right from the beginning, the Scot’s relationship with his manager was very uneasy.

Buchanan relates how, after training, Thomas would tell him to urinate in his hands and nib it on his face to make his skin hard. Ex-heavyweight world champion Jack Dempsey used filthy salt water for the same purpose, but Buchanan’s father criticized Thomas and told Ken not to do it, instructing him to nib petroleum jelly around his eyes instead, to keep the skin supple. Buchanan also grew irritated as Thomas spent more and more of his time with Winstone, deputizing assistants to train Buchanan.

The main reason for the problems that developed was due to the boxing set-up at the time. The influence of leading post-war promoter Jack Solomon was declining as Harry Levene, his latter-day rival. teamed up with Mike Barrett, Jarvis Astaire and Mickey Duff to form a partnership which more or less controlled big-time boxing in Britain. These four promoted fights at the Albert Hall and Wembley’s Empire Pool. but as Thomas’s fighters weren’t favoured by this partnership, a newcomer like Buchanan was unable to get a place in a major show.

But before long Buchanan ran his winning streak to 23 consecutive bouts before challenging Maurice Cullen on February 19,1968 for the British Lightweight title in London. The reigning champion was a stylish boxer who had won the title in April 1965 and successfullydefended four times before stepping into the ring against Buchanan at the Anglo-American Sporting Club, London, in February 1968. Buchanan, with an all-round ability that allowed him to box with the best, but also fight and punch with both hands, got on top in the sixth round of what had begun as a hard fight. Buchanan got through to Cullen and put him down for counts of four and seven in the sixth. Cullen was in trouble again, and dropped for counts of eight and nine in the ninth. The champion staged a brave comeback in the 10th, but in the 11th round he was soon helpless in the face of another Buchanan onslaught, and a perfect left hook put him down for the fifth time. He staggered to his feet, hurt fractionally after the referee’s count had reached 10. Buchanan was the new British lightweight champion.

He continued his way up the world Lightweight rankings by defeating Leonard Tavarez, Angel Robinson Garcia and Whiter (in a rematch) among others. A contest was then scheduled for June 1969, in Nottingham, with Carlos Teo Cruz of the Dominican Republic, and billed as a final eliminator for the world title. Cruz had won the world title a year earlier from Carlos Ortiz, but had dropped it four months later to Mando Ramos. Buchanan was frustrated when Cruz withdrew before the fight (eight months later he died in a plane crash), and an angry Buchanan stopped the substitute, Jerry Graci in the first round.

It seemed to Buchanan that his chance of a world title light had gone. He was married, and had invested in a smart home in the expectation of a profitable boxing career, and he found himself down to his last few pounds in the bank. His stablemate, Howard Winstone, had by now won and lost his world title and Eddie Thomas was still on no better terms with the Duff-Barrett-Astaire group. With his manager 400 miles away, and seemingly uninterested, Buchanan was out in the cold as far as the big promotions were concerned and there looked to be little chance of him getting a British title defence.

In a state of depression, Buchanan now took a step that shook the British boxing world, and which he has regretted e

 


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