A boxer has stunned feature writers by having 'the fight of his life' inside a roped off area, in front of baying crowd, with a trainer in attendance and a referee presiding over the event.
Kenny Veitch, who overcame dietary problems to make the weight, and struggled with temptation when his friends invited him to parties, said he had many battles running up to the night of his bout. He also had a long running run in with the council, who wanted him to pull down his shed. Meanwhile the Met Police had wrongly recorded a criminal record against his name, in one of their routine life ruining admin errors. But, for Kenny, the fight of his life was to take place inside the ring.
"I can handle writing off to the council and campaigning for my innocence all day," says Veitch. "But going into a ring, against a man who could kill me with one punch, and trying to take him out before he damaged me, well that was something else."
Sadly, while he was left in joyful isolation as he fought lonely battles against the council and the unthinking bureaucrats at Scotland Yard, Veitch was beset my problems when he took up boxing. People wanted to buy him drinks, others wanted him to be their friend and some even wanted to rope him into disputes that he wanted no truck with.
"In some ways, it was easier filling out endless forms, writing to my MP and attending my local police station in an attempt to clear my name," says Veitch. "I think I'd do that than fight some geezer with dynamite in one fist and a wrecking ball in the other!"
However Timmy Nice, a feature writer for a colour supplement, refuses to let the matter lie. "Surely the dispute with the council, or that argument he had a t Xmas with his brother, is far worse," says Nice, "I think he's in denial. Overcoming that could be the....oooofff!"