Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Madness in Moscow with Glen McCrory at City's First Title Fight

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Madness in Moscow with Glen McCrory at City's First Title Fight

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MOSCOW stands centre stage globally as the World Cup continues to fascinate and amaze us in equal measure.

Well, 25 years ago, world history was being made in the exact same city.

On July 16, 1993 Moscow staged its first ever world title fight after the Berlin Wall had come down to open up Europe to a market place which knew no boundaries.

Russia staged amateur boxing only until our own Glenn McCrory, once the IBF world cruiser champ, was matched with American Alfred Cole for his old strap.

I was the only newspaperman on the trip, though Tyne Tees Television produced a fascinating documentary entitled From Russia With Gloves that told the history-making story of a Geordie in Red Square.

Back then, as Communism relaxed its stringent grip and Russia's exiled money makers of dubious background flooded back into the capital, it was like the wild west.

We were politely asked, for example, if we would park any guns we might be carrying next to the metal detectors as we entered for the official weigh-in. …

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