Former world middleweight champion Alan Minter passed away today. Minter won a bronze medal at the 1972 Olympics and upon turning pro began to move up the British and European rankings eventually winning both. That success landed him a world title opportunity against Vito Antuerfermo in Las Vegas where Minter captured the title via controversial decision. He would defeat Anterfuermo much easier in the rematch stopping Anterfuermo in 8 rounds. In his next defense he took on Marvin Hagler and lost the title via third round stoppage. What followed the stoppage was one of the ugliest scenes boxing has had to endure when British fans pelted the ring with bottles, cans and other projectiles. Minter said before the fight that he didn't want to lose his title to a black man and his comment was in direct response to Hagler not shaking his hand when they had met in Las Vegas a year earlier. Many branded Minter a racist but in reality it was the fight promoter who was selling the agenda and Minter later stated he should have never allowed himself to be manipulated in such a fashion. Alan Minter was 68 and died after a battle with cancer. Alan Minter. Gone On.