Harmful Danny McAlinden, Irish and British Heavyweight Champion, Dies at 73
By Robert Brizel, Head Actual Fight Media Boxing Correspondent
Dublin, Eire (March eleventh, 2021)–‘Harmful’ Irish Danny McAlinden, who briefly turned a critical contender for the world heavyweight title when he knocked out Jack Bodell within the second spherical in Birmingham in June 1972 to win the BBB of C and Commonwealth British Empire Heavyweight titles, died on March 8, 2021, in Northern Eire, at age 73. No explanation for dying was reported.
An Irish and British crowd favourite, McAlinden began his profession 24-2-2, after which 26-4-2. Because the Commonwealth British Empire Heavyweight champion, McAlinden remained a official doable challenger for Muhammad Ali and the World Heavyweight title. That modified on January 13, 1975, when McAlinden, coming off a ten rounds determination factors loss to Pat Duncan, obtained knocked down, and subsequently knocked out within the ninth spherical by Bunny Johnson in Mayfair, United Kingdom. McAlinden scored three comeback wins, however was knocked down 3 times by British champion Richard Dunn within the second spherical and misplaced his try and regain his titles at Wembley in November 1975.
McAlinden then gained three of 4 comeback bouts, together with profitable the BBB of C Northern Eire Heavyweight title with a second-round reduce eye stoppage of Sean McKenna in July 1977 in Derry. McAlinden then misplaced 5 of his subsequent six comeback makes an attempt. His final three opponents didn’t have profitable data. After shedding a rematch by eight-round determination to Tony Moore in December 1980, and getting stopped within the ninth spherical by Denton Ruddock in March 1982, McAlinden retired with a report of 31-12-2 with 28 knockouts, nonetheless a powerful knockout share, over 90 p.c, in his wins (28 of 31).
On March 8, 1971, McAlinden decisioned 7-0 Rahman Ali (Rudy Clay) over six rounds in an undercard bout, on the identical Madison Sq. Backyard card the place Muhammad’s brother hello Ali misplaced his first match with Smokin’ Joe Frazier. Rahman gained his subsequent seven bouts, however didn’t win any of his final three bouts, and by no means realized the profession heights and fame of his brother after shedding to McAlinden.