10
Dec
2018

George Feeney, Ray Mancini and Ken Buchanan to reunite in Cannock next week

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The only man to have shared a ring with both Ray Mancini and Ken Buchanan will join them at the top table in Cannock next week.

Englishman George Feeney asked questions of both former world champions in separate bouts after they touched gloves, writes Your Sport Black Country editor Craig Birch.

Former British title holder and European contender Feeney, now aged 60, will travel down again from Hartlepool in County Durham.

He and Mancini return to Bar Sport nearly two years after their first reunion on Wednesday September 13, with another old rival in attendance.

Scotland’s Ken Buchanan was once the undisputed ruler in their division of lightweight and will also be at the gala dinner in the Premier Suite at Scott Murray’s popular venue.

Another one-time world champion in Richie Woodhall, from Telford, will lead the way in a question and answer session.

‘Tartan Legend’ Buchanan, regarded as his country’s most successful boxer, bossed his weight when he unified the WBA and WBC belts.

They were the only two world governing bodies, at the time, with the IBF and WBO to follow in the 1980s, along with other lesser-regarded outfits. Buchanan held both belts in 1971.

The Scot would never become a world champion again, although he did later seize the European strap.

It was at the second attempt, after a losing effort on points in 1970. He had been a British and Scottish area title holder, too.

Mancini was one of his successors as WBA boss, with the two coming across a common opponent in Feeney.

Buchanan, who is now 72, hung up his gloves in 1982 after being outpointed by Feeney, who then lost to Mancini over the distance in Italy the following year.

Both are International Hall of Famers, Buchanan inducted in 2000 with Mancini joining him in 2015. Buchanan had previously been made an MBE in 1971.

Italian-American Mancini, 56, would claim the WBA crown in his second world title shot, with a stunning first round TKO against Arturo Frias in 1982.

His tenure lasted two years with three defences, the second tragic as Duk Koo Kim lost his life as a result of their contest.

The South Korean opponent sustained brain injuries that he died from four days later, which affected Mancini so much he suffered from depression.

To make matters worse, Kim’s mother committed suicide four months, while the bout’s referee Richard Green killed himself in July 1983.

The WBC took steps to shorten the distance of it’s title fights as a direct result. The WBA and WBO followed in 1988, as did the IBF in 1989.

Mancini auditioned for the role of Mr Pink in hit gangster movie Reservoir Dogs and got into a fiery argument with director Quentin Tarantino when Steve Buscemi landed the part.

Tickets for the event in Cannock are still on sale, starting from £45. The ‘platinum’ option includes a seat in the main function room and five-course meal.

A ‘silver’ pass is £65, with the same benefits plus a professional photograph with Mancini and Buchanan. ‘Gold,’ at £100, allows entry to a private meet and greet beforehand.

For more information and to book places for the show, get in touch with Bar Sport directly by calling 01543 572 092

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