Muhammad Ali and Other Boxing Legends – The Mickey Duff Story
Having turned professional as a boxer illegally aged 15, Duff retired aged 19. After working as a salesman, including selling sewing machines, Duff returned to boxing to make matches across the UK. A new team began to form in the wake of Jack Solomons, with match maker Duff, manager Jarvis Astaire, and promoter Harry Levene becoming key via a media partnership mainly via the BBC.
Duff was involved with 16 world champions and many leading British fighters, including Frank Bruno, Joe Calzaghe, John Conteh, Terry Downes, Lloyd Honeyghan, Maurice Hope, Charlie Magri, Alan Minter, John H Stracey, Jim Watt and Howard Winstone.
After the rise of Frank Warren through his partnership with ITV and Sky TV, Duff retired. He was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 1999. Duff died at a nursing home in south London on 22 March 2014 from natural causes at the age of 84, having had Alzheimer’s disease.