Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Special Night as McCrory's Glory Win Is Remembered

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Special Night as McCrory's Glory Win Is Remembered

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Byline: SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 22, 2014 on Twitter @EveningChron JOHN GIBSON

IT WAS most certainly not a day like any other.

Maybe Glenn McCrory was walking up the street from his house with a bag full of his boxing kit, tracing the footsteps he had made on countless occasions.

However, this was June 3, 1989, and he was heading for the Louisa Centre in Stanley. That was the difference.

McCrory was the headline act of the evening, fighting for the vacant IBF world cruiserweight title. As he got closer he was surrounded by jostling boxing fans chattering excitedly about what they were about to witness. Nearly every one was a friend or at least an acquaintance because McCrory was boxing on his own doorstep.

Patrick Lumumba, a highly-rated African who felt he only had to turn up to win, was the opponent who was about to get the shock of his life.

Respected national boxing writer Colin Hart, a friend of McCrory and a one-time colleague of mine in Fleet Street, had headlined his preview that morning: Glenn's a goner!

Well, no. McCrory began like an express train, shocking Lumumba and us all. He ripped the initiative out of his opponent's grasp and kept it round after round after round to deservedly take a unanimous points decision.

Sitting ringside, just another face in the crowd, was Rob Armstrong, a great fight fan who travelled the globe to watch the sport's superstars but hoping here for home success "for a smashing kid."

Later on a trip to Las Vegas to watch Joe Calzaghe take on Bernard Hopkins, Armstrong came to Glenn's rescue, getting him a seat in the crowd. McCrory, like so many other Brits, was there socially, not for work.

Now Rob, who is an extremely successful businessman with a wide range of interests, is sponsoring a glittering Variety Club night at the Hilton Hotel on Monday night when McCrory is to be honoured with a Silver Heart to mark the 25th anniversary of his epic success. …

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