Sunday, October 8, 2017

RIP Terry Downes

Former World Middleweight Champion, Terry Downes, died on Friday, October 6th in London, England. Britain's oldest living world champion was 81 years old and died peacefully in his sleep. Downes, who was known as the "Paddington Express", was born in Paddington, London on May 9, 1936.

Downes fought the top middleweights of his day including Dick Tiger (1957), John McCormack (1959), Joey Giardello (1960), Paul Pender (1961 x2, 1962), and Sugar Ray Robinson (1962). He captured the World Middleweight Title on July 11, 1961 with a victory over Paul Pender at Wembley in London. Downes retired from boxing following his November 30, 1964 defeat to Willie Pastrano.

Following his retirement from boxing, Downes acted in several films between 1965 and 1990. His biggest role was in Roman Polanski's 1967 film, The Fearless Vampire Killers.

RIP Terry Downes. 

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