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Old 02-02-2013, 12:37 AM
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I've decided to start a weekly series of memories of mine about boxers that no-one else gives a toss about.

First in the series is Fidel Castro Smith also known as Slugger O'Toole.

I apologise for any mistakes. My brain is shyte.

He turned pro under the latter name, Slugger O'Toole. He was trained by Brendan Ingle who thought it would be a craic to have a black dude come out in a green dressing gown (with a big hood) to Irish music then flick the hood back to have a lovely gleaming black face. His real name came about because his dad was a big fan of the original Fidel Castro (he was conceived in 62 just after the revolution) but Ingle didn't think that would go down in Thatchers Britain (in hindsight it may have been).

The British Middleweight scene was not great at World Level then but there were a lot of tough domestic fighters & Smith beat Denis Cronin (a Welsh caveman), Johnny Melfah (who could punch like a mule), Lou Gent (who the following year fought Nigel Benn in one of the most entertaining fights I attended - mainly because everyone was E'd up) as well as a few other decent fighters.

The funny thing is, towards the end of his career he changed his named from Slugger O'Toole back to Fidel Castro Smith & one of the Alphabet bodies had both fighters ranked in the top ten

He never fought himself though.

He also lost to a fighter I liked by the name of James Cook (a Jamaican Englishman). I believe Cook is now training fighters down one of my old manors, the Old Kent Road - where I once got punched in the face by a bird in the Dun Cow, causing me to fall off a balcony in a strobe light slow motion.

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Old 02-02-2013, 03:20 AM
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Very nice read.

I can't think of a metaphor for how incompetent the ABC organizations are. I'll just have to stick with 'The ABC organizations are incompetent'.

If Boxingscene existed back then, there would have been a thread about him ducking himself. Belieeeeeve that.
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Old 02-02-2013, 01:09 PM
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Brilliant. The cyber warriors on here would have been calling him a punk, & biyatch.
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Old 02-02-2013, 03:22 PM
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Nice thread.....I think Fidel/Slugger was one of Brendan Ingle's fighters and Ingle had the wonderful very 'old school' habit of inventing entirely new ring names or nicknames for several of his fighters....presumably to help them on a bit on the ticket selling stakes.

The most famous is 'Prince' Nassem Hamed but we also got Johnny 'The Entertainer' Nelson, Ryan 'Spice Boy' Rhodes and Herol 'Bomber' Graham.

James Cooke also a very interesting character from yesteryear.....won some big fights and faced many of the best when Eubank, Benn, Wharton, Collins and Watson were in their prime. Allegedly a much-feared, danger man.
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Old 02-02-2013, 05:41 PM
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Nice thread.....I think Fidel/Slugger was one of Brendan Ingle's fighters and Ingle had the wonderful very 'old school' habit of inventing entirely new ring names or nicknames for several of his fighters....presumably to help them on a bit on the ticket selling stakes.

The most famous is 'Prince' Nassem Hamed but we also got Johnny 'The Entertainer' Nelson, Ryan 'Spice Boy' Rhodes and Herol 'Bomber' Graham.

James Cooke also a very interesting character from yesteryear.....won some big fights and faced many of the best when Eubank, Benn, Wharton, Collins and Watson were in their prime. Allegedly a much-feared, danger man.
A top fella too. Still about on the scene down peckham way.
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