Hall of Fame Official Mervyn 'The' Gee Thread

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@Making weight, I was very friendly with "Paddy" we were drinking mates nearly thirty years ago, I can assure you that he was"nt very religious in those days. Good looking guy with plenty of charm and no shortage of ladies , Aquascutum had it"s fair share of nice looking ladies. After I left Aqua we kept in touch but I moved to Devon 12 years ago, the guy who I knew in the stockroom was Everton another really nice guy. I enjoyed my time at Aqua. I have had some great jobs , Security manager at Aqua, Cumberland hotel, this had 1000bedrooms and probably as many prostitutes trying to get in. Private security to Arab families, and manager of a safe deposit in St Johns Wood. I am now heading in to my 79th year, and unfortunately this past few months my health as not been so great, but there are a lot more people worse off than me. We are expecting ourthird great grand child in January, our children still live in London, my son in Finchley and my daughter in Kings Cross. Where my daughter lives as been transformed, million pound houses are common.Fifty years ago the area was full of prostitutes, if you had any sense you stayed wellaway from that area at night. Regards Mervyn The Gee
Yes kings Cross was very rough and well known that the 'ladies of the night' used to frequent the fast food establishments so more than a takeaway was on offer it was awash with poverty and as you would agree those that lived in the area had hard luck stories many not from London but lured by thinking the streets were paved by gold.The amusement arcade was known for rent boys,homeless young men often runaways,awful.It was a dangerous place.

When I think of Kings Cross I think of the terrible fire and also the Ralph McTell song which is as beautiful as sad,thankfully the area has been regenerated.

 
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Yes kings Cross was very rough and well known that the 'ladies of the night' used to frequent the fast food establishments so more than a takeaway was on offer it was awash with poverty and as you would agree those that lived in the area had hard luck stories many not from London but lured by thinking the streets were paved by gold.The amusement arcade was known for rent boys,homeless young men often runaways,awful.It was a dangerous place.

When I think of Kings Cross I think of the terrible fire and also the Ralph McTell song which is as beautiful as sad,thankfully the area has been regenerated.

Interesting MW. I spent around 3 days in the Kings Cross area this yearend thoroughly enjoyed it. Stayed not too far from the railway station. Visited a few pubs and thoroughly enjoyed it. When in that area we usually visit the Great Northern Hotel. Quite expensive but great for people watching,especially if you sit outside. Saw a few people who could quite easily have been on the "batter" and a lot who definitely were so its not been entirely got rid of.
Very good song of McTells. He also wrote a good one called "From Clare to Here" but I don't think he was all that prolific though a very good singer and guitarist
 

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Brook won tonight, clearly on points. He took a lot of punches, it was pretty obvious that he was suffering from "Ring Rust". He was talking about fighting Khan and if that does not happen then all the top guys in the division. I think his best days are behind him, but I still think he could beat Khan. Regards Mervyn The Gee
 
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I have previously said that I worked in KIngs Cross about fifty years ago,Rough was not the right word for the place, Prostitutes and Rent Boys flooded the place, Argyle Square opposite the station , was virtually occupied by the "Ladies of The Night". Serious GBH, and quite a few murders took place in this area, most of the victims were transient and would never even report having an ear or a couple of fingers cut off, just up the road was Somers Town another really rough area and then there was Camden Town, Full of Irish Pubs and a lot of hard Irish men who liked nothing better than having a bash at the local " Old Bill"..My daughter now lives just off Argyle Square the place is now unrecognisable. Very few "Ladies of The Night, but Camden Town is stiil a rough area at night. Compared to London, living here in Devon is like living in a foreign country, nice area , nice people, hope I get a few more years under my Belt. Regards Mervyn The Gee
 
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I have previously said that I worked in KIngs Cross about fifty years ago,Rough was not the right word for the place, Prostitutes and Rent Boys flooded the place, Argyle Square opposite the station , was virtually occupied by the "Ladies of The Night". Serious GBH, and quite a few murders took place in this area, most of the victims were transient and would never even report having an ear or a couple of fingers cut off, just up the road was Somers Town another really rough area and then there was Camden Town, Full of Irish Pubs and a lot of hard Irish men who liked nothing better than having a bash at the local " Old Bill"..My daughter now lives just off Argyle Square the place is now unrecognisable. Very few "Ladies of The Night, but Camden Town is stiil a rough area at night. Compared to London, living here in Devon is like living in a foreign country, nice area , nice people, hope I get a few more years under my Belt. Regards Mervyn The Gee
Funny have just come back from London and had a weekend visiting relatives and friends my brother came over last minute from USA,was a nice shock.

I have not been back to London for a few years and apart from very minor things I miss little about the place other than some good friends.

I went to Baker Street Saturday night and met some friends yesterday met a couple of friends one who worked at Aqua with you I will pm you more details thinks you may remember him....small world,yesterday some Xmas shopping in the West End and had a pint in Tom Cribb pub Panton St,anyone visiting the West End it has a lot of boxing pictures and memorabilia well worth a visit.

And yes pleased to be back home away from the hustle and bustle.
 
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Brook won tonight, clearly on points. He took a lot of punches, it was pretty obvious that he was suffering from "Ring Rust". He was talking about fighting Khan and if that does not happen then all the top guys in the division. I think his best days are behind him, but I still think he could beat Khan. Regards Mervyn The Gee
I don't see either of them with any of the top guys Mervyn At light middle or welter. Ive just watched the Brook fight and yes,I think a bit of it could be put down to ring rust but you could tell who the younger man was on the night. OK the Aussie was as toughs they usually are, but in his prime Brook would have stopped him. Certainly wouldn't have been in the back foot in the 12th.
Only fight for either of them is with each other and just like always I can't pick a winner between those two.
 
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Funny have just come back from London and had a weekend visiting relatives and friends my brother came over last minute from USA,was a nice shock.

I have not been back to London for a few years and apart from very minor things I miss little about the place other than some good friends.

I went to Baker Street Saturday night and met some friends yesterday met a couple of friends one who worked at Aqua with you I will pm you more details thinks you may remember him....small world,yesterday some Xmas shopping in the West End and had a pint in Tom Cribb pub Panton St,anyone visiting the West End it has a lot of boxing pictures and memorabilia well worth a visit.

And yes pleased to be back home away from the hustle and bustle.
Talk of boxing pubs a few years ago MW I went in the Ring at Blackfriars and was a bit disappointed. Dunno whether you've been in lately??
 
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Talk of boxing pubs a few years ago MW I went in the Ring at Blackfriars and was a bit disappointed. Dunno whether you've been in lately??
No mate never been,Tom Cribb pub is very small just off Leicester Sq,Panton St blue plaque outside in memory of the man in my avatar and some interesting pictures inside both 'modern times' some decent pictures of Marciano,Louis and a couple of framed programmes,and the time Cribb fought in,Georgian bare knuckle era so I found it interesting.

Just popped in for half an hour and only a few tourists about 1pm yesterday who didn't seem to have an interest in the decor maybe a few boxing tourists would be around in the late afternoon,evening was 5-50 for a pint so ends my trip advisor meets CHB post :good
 

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Just watched the Lomo fight, no doubt that he won , but not by the judges margins. I still can not make my mind up about him. although he looked good in stages he took a lot of punches on board. Where does he go from here ? I would like him to fight Mikey Garcia, but Garcia is down for Spence in March. apparently he as had a problem with his shoulder, it would be nice to see him in action fairly soon. Regards Mervyn the Gee
 
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No mate never been,Tom Cribb pub is very small just off Leicester Sq,Panton St blue plaque outside in memory of the man in my avatar and some interesting pictures inside both 'modern times' some decent pictures of Marciano,Louis and a couple of framed programmes,and the time Cribb fought in,Georgian bare knuckle era so I found it interesting.

Just popped in for half an hour and only a few tourists about 1pm yesterday who didn't seem to have an interest in the decor maybe a few boxing tourists would be around in the late afternoon,evening was 5-50 for a pint so ends my trip advisor meets CHB post :good
Thanks mate. The Ring was a lot smaller than I thought with very little memorabilia. Around 450 a pint if I remember rightly. Probably five now. Bit different from the Thomas A Becket which I d been in a few times but many years ago where you'd see a lot of famous boxers as I think they trained upstairs.
 
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Only went in Ring as it was opposite the tube near to the Tate Modern Premier iN N where we were staying. Partner and daughter were shopping in Camden and Id come back so killed half an hour. Trip Advisor advice "not to be recommended. "
 
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Only went in Ring as it was opposite the tube near to the Tate Modern Premier iN N where we were staying. Partner and daughter were shopping in Camden and Id come back so killed half an hour. Trip Advisor advice "not to be recommended. "
I meant the pub. Hotel was fine.
 

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People on the forum say how great Lomo is, well we have a Boxer called Harry Mallin, born 1/6/1892, died 8/11/1969. Harry was a London Policeman, he won Gold at the 1920 Olymics in the middle weight division and was the first man to defend and win his title at the 1924 Olympics. He also won Five consecutive ABA titles and had over Three hundred amateur bouts and was never beaten. He never turned pro and remained in the Police and completed his service.. I met Harry in1964, he was I think , still training the Metropolitan Police. A perfect Gent, very reluctant to talk about his fantastic career. His brother was also avery good amateur, he also won Five ABA titles . Lomo had 396-1-0 amateur fights. Mc Taggart was another great amateur, 644 amateur bouts , won 610, plus a gold and bronze at the Olympics and Five ABA titles. I have met Dick at various ex-boxers functions, another gent reluctant to talk about his career. Maybe not quite in the Lomo class but still TWO magnificent records . Regards Mervyn The Gee
 
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People on the forum say how great Lomo is, well we have a Boxer called Harry Mallin, born 1/6/1892, died 8/11/1969. Harry was a London Policeman, he won Gold at the 1920 Olymics in the middle weight division and was the first man to defend and win his title at the 1924 Olympics. He also won Five consecutive ABA titles and had over Three hundred amateur bouts and was never beaten. He never turned pro and remained in the Police and completed his service.. I met Harry in1964, he was I think , still training the Metropolitan Police. A perfect Gent, very reluctant to talk about his fantastic career. His brother was also avery good amateur, he also won Five ABA titles . Lomo had 396-1-0 amateur fights. Mc Taggart was another great amateur, 644 amateur bouts , won 610, plus a gold and bronze at the Olympics and Five ABA titles. I have met Dick at various ex-boxers functions, another gent reluctant to talk about his career. Maybe not quite in the Lomo class but still TWO magnificent records . Regards Mervyn The Gee
This is a hell of a story involving Mallin:

"This competition saw one of the most controversial bouts in Olympic history, when the local Frenchman Roger Brousse and the defending Olympic champion Harry Mallin from Great Britain faced each other in the quarterfinal. Right at the end of the fight Mallin tried to complain to the Belgian referee by showing clear bite marks, that he had been bitten in his chest and shoulder. But his protest was ignored by the judges and the bout was awarded to the French boxer on points (2:1). An appeal launched by the Swedish official and IOC member Oscar Söderlund brought forward medical evidence that Mallin had been bitten. Also it turned out, that Manuel Gallardo had also complained about being bitten by Brousse in their first fight of this tournament. Brousse was disqualified and Mallin became the winner, even though the jury declared that the foul had not been intentional. French fans had to be restrained by the police from charging the ring.

Two days later the French crowd were still incensed when Mallin had to fight in the final. At the beginning Roger Brousee came to the ring in his sports dress and his fans lifted him up to ring where he wanted to fight against John Elliott. Only with the massive intervention by the police, the two British opponents were able to contest in the final."

http://boxrec.com/media/index.php/Harry_Mallin
 

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Just watched the Hart v Ramirez re-match , not a great fight but watchable. I also gave it to Ramirez. I would like Smith and Ramirez meet up in 2019, I think Smith would give him a lot of trouble. Looking forward to Canelo fight, amate of mine had 250 quid on Rocky to last the 12 rounds, I would have taken his bet if he had asked., still I do hope Rocky puts up a decent show. Regards Mervyn the Gee
 
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Just watched the Hart v Ramirez re-match , not a great fight but watchable. I also gave it to Ramirez. I would like Smith and Ramirez meet up in 2019, I think Smith would give him a lot of trouble. Looking forward to Canelo fight, amate of mine had 250 quid on Rocky to last the 12 rounds, I would have taken his bet if he had asked., still I do hope Rocky puts up a decent show. Regards Mervyn the Gee
Judging by last predictions I don’t think it’s wise for you to gamble Mervin.........ever.
 

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@ NIfty . Tech. over the past sixty tears I have had afairly successful career in my gambling habits. For about Twenty years I played Seven card Poker once a month with five other guys. during that time I won enough money to buy Two brand new cars and a house. In 1991 I gave up gambling and in 1998 started again. In all my gambling days I can honestly say I am a lon g way up the ladder on the plus side. I very rarely gamble anything over fifty quid on the horses/dogs, but still enjoy my Poker games, but since coming down to Devon from London they are not as frequent. As you quite rightly point out my last predictions, no , all my predictions have been up the spout, but But Nifty you must know you can"t win them all . Regards Mervyn the Gee
 

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Watched the Canelo Fielding "fight", Complete farce. Fielding was beaten as soon as the first bell sounded.. Impressed by young Garcia, looks the business. I am probably in the minority on the forum but I just can"t watch women boxing, turns me off completely. Not a bad bill on Sky, but I refuse to pay for the Chisora v Whyte re-match. Regards Mervyn The Gee
 

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A lot has been written about Rocky Fielding this week. I, like many others on the forum have said that he "sold" his title , I still feel that he did. But looking at his record 27-2-0 which includes 15 by K/O, I think that he is more thancapable of winning another British, /Euro title. Looking at the current opposition it would not be difficult. He reportedly received 1.2 million for this fight, and who in his position would not have taken the oppurtunity?. He is a family man and hopefully is nearly in a position to make their future safe. Boxxing is such a hard game and it is only the relative few who make the millions of " Bucks". As previously stated I hope he goes on to have another three/four decent fights and top up his bank balance Regards Mervyn The Gee