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    Terry Downes 1936-2017


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    Terry Downes, a quick-witted middleweight boxing champion from Britain, nicknamed the Paddington Express, who became wealthy outside the ring by investing in legal betting shops and later did a bit of acting, died on Oct. 6 in Hertfordshire. He was 81.

    His wife, Barbara, said the cause was kidney failure.

    Downes, whose record was 35-9, was a thoroughly British fighter. He held the British middleweight championship twice and fought all but two of his bouts in Britain, including his defeats of a fading Sugar Ray Robinson and the Brooklyn-born onetime champion Joey Giardello in London.

    “He had a come-forward style and he didn’t bother to duck too often,” Barry Hearn, a Hall of Fame boxing promoter, said, in an interview. “He was a crowd pleaser who, when he fought in London, was really popular and people were happy to get a ticket.”

    Downes could take a punch, but his face — especially his nose, which he called his “perishin’ hooter” — suffered for it. He was a bleeder who needed plastic surgery to remove scar tissue and 364 stitches over all to close the many cuts to his face.

    “They’re so tiny, they’re almost invisible,” his wife said.

    His tender nose began to spurt blood in the third round of his fight in Boston in early 1961 against the reigning world middleweight champion, Paul Pender, a firefighter from Brookline. He lost by a technical knockout in the seventh round. “It looked as if he’d cracked my hooter with an ax,” Downes told The Daily Mail in 2011.
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    Attachment 54439

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    In Roman Polanski's THE FEARLESS VAMPIRE KILLERS (1967) Attachment 54441
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    I've only seen snippets of his boxing career. I remember him more as an actor, The Fearless Vampire Killers and a couple of other roles he did. And some film footage of him at Sharon and Roman's wedding. RIP.
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    Awesome post, Kelt. Love how he "didn't bother to duck". A man after my own heart.

    He was at the Polanski wedding! Geez.
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