Kirkland Laing, the British boxing champion who once beat Roberto Duran, dies aged 66

Kirkland Laing, the British boxing champion whose career spiralled into drink and drugs after beating the great Roberto Duran in 1982, dies aged 66 – seven years after he was critically injured falling from a balcony in Hackney

Former British and European champion Kirkland Laing has died aged 66.

Laing is best remembered for producing one the finest performances by a British fighter on American soil when he upset the great Roberto Duran back in 1982.

That was the greatest victory of Laing’s career but his life outside of the ring spiralled into drink and drugs after that famous night in Detroit. 

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