Kirkland Laing dead

Discussion in 'Classic Boxing Forum' started by Devon, Jun 9, 2021 at 2:19 PM.

  1. TBooze

    TBooze Obsessed with Boxing Full Member

    Oct 22, 2006
    Hopefully this is another 2012...

    If not, what a enigma of a fighter and seemingly a man he was.

    Whatever Laing showed up it was always value for money.
  2. Stevie G

    Stevie G Obsessed with Boxing Full Member

    Jul 17, 2009
    RIP Kirkland. Condolences to his loved ones.

    When it came to sheer talent he was up there with the very best. Shame that the two words most mentioned about his career were always "If Only" Nonetheless he was always a joy to watch.
  3. Richard M Murrieta

    Richard M Murrieta Boxing Addict Full Member

    Jul 16, 2019
  4. Cecil

    Cecil Boxing Addict Full Member

    Mar 22, 2015
    I’ve just watched the Duran fight again.
    Now of course it wasn’t Duran in there as we know him, he was on a downer in his career at the time, but I’d forgotten despite what the judges thought how easily Laing handled him.
    He obviously got himself right for that fight, but what happened?
    His next fight was a whole year later when he returned to the States reverted to type and got sparked by Fred Hutchings after a lack lustre performance.
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  5. Fergy

    Fergy Boxing Junkie Full Member

    Jan 8, 2017
    That's the milllon pound question Cecil.
    If only he could have kept that mindset and maybe got himself a title shot.
    Who knows?
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  6. DancingLeftAndRight

    DancingLeftAndRight New Member Full Member

    May 11, 2021
  7. Cecil

    Cecil Boxing Addict Full Member

    Mar 22, 2015
    I just thought after such a good win they would have kept him active and built up some momentum.
    Just his next fight was almost exactly 12 months later, a long time for a fella like him to get distracted.
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  8. TBooze

    TBooze Obsessed with Boxing Full Member

    Oct 22, 2006
    I try and avoid the what ifs? with these exceptional talented but flawed types.

    I tend to assume their talent came with their flaws; without one, you do not get the other.

    From what I saw of Laing from a very long distance, I get the impression he had many happy years, that I doubt he would change.
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  9. jarama

    jarama Active Member Full Member

    May 13, 2014
    Kirkland liked to go missing and partied a lot for days on end.

    In those days people could easy go missing no mobiles then.

    From what I remember he would turn up skint and try to get a fight for money then go and party, the trainers had to go and drag him to the gym

    Total 1 off was laing, a great guy
    Last edited: Jun 10, 2021 at 6:26 AM
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  10. fists of fury

    fists of fury Obsessed with Boxing Full Member

    Oct 25, 2006
    This is really bad news. I hope he finds peace now.
  11. lepinthehood

    lepinthehood The Stoneman Full Member

    Aug 27, 2011