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How Mark Winters defied to odds, from near tragedy to Commonwealth silver medal and a British title

 

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Family man: Mark Winters with his wife Anita and their children Ethan 12, Erin 8, and dog Bailey

Family man: Mark Winters with his wife Anita and their children Ethan 12, Erin 8, and dog Bailey

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Winters with British title belt

Winters with British title belt

Mark Winters in action at the World championships in Finland in 1993

Mark Winters in action at the World championships in Finland in 1993

Mark helping then Northern Ireland international David Healy in his health club at the Hilton, Templepatrick

Mark helping then Northern Ireland international David Healy in his health club at the Hilton, Templepatrick

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Family man: Mark Winters with his wife Anita and their children Ethan 12, Erin 8, and dog Bailey

Naturally more reserved than most fighters, Mark Winters had a resolve of titanium strength that saw him scale many challenges in the ring - even when one of his finest moments almost ended in tragedy.

On October 11, 1997, the Antrim man raised his arm in triumph. He had just given a sublime display of boxing, thoroughly out-foxing Carl Wright to lift the British light-welterweight title.

The joy of landing the Lonsdale belt was such that he refused to fly home and, instead, hopped on to one of the coaches that had brought his fans to the Sheffield Arena. The celebrations, though, were cut short.


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