He went on to beat fellow British middleweight Kevin Finnegan in three razor-tight contests, the first for the British middleweight crown, won the European title and then went on to join the great annals of British boxing in 1980.
In March that year, he made his Las Vegas debut to challenge Antuofermo, earning a controversial points win. When they fought again, this time in London, Minter forced his opponent to retire in round eight.
But later that year, Minter was beaten by Hagler, who would go on to become one of the greatest middleweights ever. The event is remembered for the crowd’s boorish behaviour, with bottles being thrown at the American and his team as they left the ring.
Tributes flooded in from the boxing world yesterday for the Crawley-born fighter, including from Hagler, who wrote: “On Sept 27 1980 I became world champion, beating Alan Minter in the third round, and this year we will celebrate the 40th anniversary. Today I received the sad news that Alan Minter has died this morning.