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Kirkland Laing

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Real name  Kirkland Laing
Wins  43
Martial art  Boxing
Draws  1
Nationality  British
Role  Boxer
Stance  Orthodox stance

Rated at  Welterweight
Name  Kirkland Laing
Total fights  56
Nickname(s)  The Gifted One
Wins by KO  24
Division  Welterweight
Losses  12
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Born  20 June 1954 (age 61) Jamaica (1954-06-20)

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Kirkland Laing (born 20 June 1954 in Jamaica) is a retired British Welterweight boxer nicknamed The Gifted One.


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Laing fought 56 times in a twenty-year career, the highlight of which was a shock split decision win over Roberto DurĂ¡n in September 1982. The fight was selected as Ring Magazine's upset of the year. He was a two-time winner of the British welterweight title and won the EBU welterweight title in 1990, with a second round knockout of Antoine Fernandez at the Wembley Conference Centre.

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Laing's boxing career was sporadic, as he often failed to deliver on his promise, appearing under-prepared against less able fighters and indulging in drink, drugs and women. In the year following his victory over Duran, Laing went missing, blowing his earnings. In that same period Duran was to fight four times, earning an estimated $6m.

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Laing continued to fight until he was 40, and retired after a stoppage loss to future world champion Glen Catley. After retiring, Laing continue to live in Hackney, and fell from his balcony in 2003 in circumstances that remain unexplained. Shortly after a BBC documentary by Steve Bunce (made before the fall) was aired. The short film showed Laing to be living life on the streets, although others who know him questioned the piece's accuracy.

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In 2009 Oliver Jarrat released the book "The Gifted One" Kirkland Laing Through the Eyes of Others, a detailed account of Laing's life and career which took the author six years to research and complete. The book contains many insights from people who were close to the fighter including former managers, trainers and opponents he faced at both amateur and professional level.

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Now he lives in Hornsea, East Yorkshire.

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