Former Coventry based British and Commonwealth Heavyweight Boxing champion Danny McAlinden has recently been admitted into hospital after been diagnosed with cancer of the tongue.

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The 63 year old retired boxer spoke to Midlands based Irish Boxing news reporter Jason Lowe and close friend from his hospital bed to confirm his condition and tell him was ok but the treatment was making him very week and sore, but he hopes to pull through this and get back to normal life.
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Receiving treatment at St Bartholomew’s hospital in London, he also said the staff are doing there best to keep him in high spirits and comfort him and his family while he stays there.
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A 25 year old Danny McAlinden defeats Jack Bodell for his BBBofC British heavyweight title and Commonwealth (British Empire) heavyweight title’s27th June 1972 at Villa Park, Birmingham.

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Born in Newry, County Down, Danny moved to Coventry when he was still at school age and soon was living up to the nickname Dangerous Dan or Dynamite Dan.
He boxed for the Edgewick Amateur club in the city and soon paved a deal with Manager George Middleton to turn pro.
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Middleton who already had the Turpin brothers and Mick Leahy jumped at having Danny and his first night as a professional saw the Newry boy take on 3 fighters in one night.
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Later in his carrier he beat the brothers of both Muhammad Ali and Floyd Patterson. Won and lost against Richard Dunn and was beat by Bunny Johnson from Birmingham.
However what made Danny a star in the making was beating Jack Bodell at the Aston Villa football ground in 1972 and become the first ever Irish man to win the British and Commonwealth titles.
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Since the Martin Rogan v Matt Skelton fight in August 09 both of us have become quiet good friends. We phone each other very regular and meet up often also. I had noticed a speech change in his voice at the funeral of Mick Leahy and he always passed it off when I asked if he was ok.
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I knew he wasn’t but he kept it to myself and just said it was a cold.
Now he is under going cancer treatment and his health has declined over the last few weeks.
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Even writing this story Danny was on the phone to meet for a chat and asking me to get his life story down on paper.
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I will be meeting up with him at his house soon to do this and will release that story.
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He will be under going treatment for some time now and I will endeavour to keep you informed on the health of the former Coventry based fighter.

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By Jason Lowe

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  • Michael Hartley

    I followed Danny as an Amateur at the Edgewick Boxing Club in Coventry and into his early professional career.
    I worked with Danny at the Standard Triumph Motor Works in Radford Coventry.
    His ‘Stag Night’ at The Coventry Cross Public House in The Burges,Coventry City Centre was attended by workmates and fans together with Jackie Turpin and his Uncle.Danny sang us his version of ‘Danny Boy’ which was the highlight of the night.
    I remember Danny with great respect as he was always a hard working modest workmate and a dedicated Professional Boxer.
    I wish him well with his fight against Cancer.

    • John walsh

      Danny was a very honest guy. A credit to both Coventry and Ireland. Didn’t he marry another sportsman’s sister. I think it was the sister of a rugger player but am not sure?

      • Michael Hartley

        Hi John,
        My memory is vague now but it was probably the likes of Keith Fairbrother.

        • John walsh

          Michael, someone’s told me it was Peter Ross boroughs sister. Many thanks.

          • Michael Hartley

            I knew it was one of the big names but everything is fuzzy from then and I only knew Danny and his dad because I worked with them both at Capmartin Road in Radford.