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Boxing mourns champion Finnegan

Chris Finnegan
Finnegan won gold in 1968

British ex-Olympic boxing champion Chris Finnegan has died aged 64.

The former Buckinghamshire bricklayer won gold at Mexico 1968 when he beat the Soviet Union's Aleksey Kiselyov.

He turned professional soon after, taking British, Commonwealth and European titles at light-heavyweight but the world crown eluded him.

His big chance came against American champion Bob Foster in 1972 in an epic 14-round duel at Wembley, but he failed to overcome the favourite.

Finnegan's younger brother Kevin, a former British middleweight champion, passed away last October at the age of 60.

"Chris Finnegan was a southpaw with a tendency to cut, but a teak-hard fighting spirit," said BBC Radio 5 Live boxing correspondent Mike Costello.

"It was a very different boxing game in 1972 and there were fewer opportunities to win, or even challenge, for world titles.

"The one opportunity he got he had the misfortune to come up against Foster at Wembley. He lost in the 14th round, but such was his struggle it was voted fight of the year by Ring Magazine.

"He very nearly got there and it's not stretching it to say that were he around today, boxing in this era, he probably would have been a world champion."

see also
Boxing mourns death of Finnegan
28 Oct 08 |  Boxing
Rider's legends: Chris Finnegan
20 Sep 00 |  Fans Guide

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