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Real nameKirkland Laing
Nickname(s)The Gifted One
Weight(s)Welterweight
NationalityBritish
Born(1954-06-20)20 June 1954
Jamaica
Died(2021-06-09)9 June 2021 Yorkshire
StanceOrthodox
Boxing record
Total fights56
Wins43
Wins by KO24
Losses12
Draws1
No contests0

Kirkland Laing (June 20, 1954 - June 9, 2021) was a Jamaican-born, British welterweight boxer nicknamed The Gifted One.

Laing fought 56 times in a twenty-year career, the highlight of which was a shock split decision win over Roberto Durán in September 1982. The fight was selected as Ring Magazine's upset of the year. He was a two-time winner of the British welterweight title and won the EBU welterweight title in 1990, with a second round knockout of Antoine Fernandez at the Wembley Conference Centre.
Laing's boxing career was sporadic, as he often failed to deliver on his promise, appearing under-prepared against less able fighters and indulging in drink, drugs and women. In the year following his victory over Durán, Laing went missing, blowing his earnings. In that same period Durán was to fight four times, earning an estimated $6m.
Laing continued to fight until he was 40, and retired after a stoppage loss to future world champion Glenn Catley. After retiring, Laing continued to live in Hackney, and fell from his balcony in 2003 in circumstances that remain unexplained. Shortly after a BBC documentary by Steve Bunce (made before the fall) was aired. The short film showed Laing to be living life on the streets, although others who know him questioned the piece's accuracy.
In 2009 Oliver Jarrat released the book "The Gifted One" Kirkland Laing Through the Eyes of Others, a detailed account of Laing's life and career which took the author six years to research and complete. The book contains many insights from people who were close to the fighter including former managers, trainers and opponents he faced at both amateur and professional level.
Laing lived in Hornsea, East Yorkshire before passing away on 9th June 2021
Achievements
Preceded byHenry Rhiney
British Welterweight Champion4 April 1979 – 1 April 1980
Succeeded byColin Jones
Preceded byLloyd HoneyghanVacated
British Welterweight Champion14 March 1987 – 16 January 1991
Succeeded byDel Bryan
Preceded byAntione Fernandez
EBU Welterweight Champion9 May 1990 – 14 November 1990
Succeeded byPatrizio Oliva
Awards
Previous:Roger Stafford W10 Pipino Cuevas
KO Magazine Upset of the YearThe Ring Magazine Upset of the Year W10 Roberto Durán1982
Next:Gerrie Coetzee KO10 Michael Dokes
External links
Boxing record for Kirkland Laing from BoxRec
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LCCN: nb2011004540
VIAF: 168571812
WorldCat Identities: lccn-nb2011004540
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