n African Renaissance - Dick Tiger : the life and times of a boxing immortal

Volume 2, Issue 5
  • ISSN : 1744-2532
  • E-ISSN: 2516-5305


Tiger stayed in Portugal settling his family and licking his wounds. He arranged for the older children to attend a nearby English speaking, privately owned Roman Catholic School. His son Richard recalls his father's outward calm despite all the upheavals. Tiger was always relaxed and applied himself at a moderate pace. Most felt that he could not return to the ring from such a devastating loss and expected him to announce his retirement. Bobby Diamond, in England, felt concerned enough to airmail him a message of advice; Tiger, the missive went, had brought glory to himself and his (former) country but as he now approached his thirty-ninth birthday he was "too old to start again." Diamond received no reply.

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