By Micky Gluckstad
Meet Micky Gluckstad. you will like him. Bare-knuckle boxer, East finish face, playboy and underworld 'corner merchant', Micky's conned funds off the easiest of them - and he is acquired the scars to turn out it. A happy-go-lucky conman who fleeced thousands of kilos from the wealthy, the silly, the crooked and the shameless, Micky's one of many nicest males you are going to ever meet - until you pass him. Then watch out. There are correctly challenging males and there's Micky Gluckstad. even if at the cobbles or within the ring, Micky beat all of them. Roy 'Pretty Boy' Shaw, Donny 'The Bull' Adams or even Lenny McLean, The Guv'nor himself, fell prior to Micky's onslaught. He by no means all started a struggle, yet he by no means walked clear of one both and he hated bullies and braggarts. Reggie Kray acknowledged Micky might have been one of many boxing greats, yet he by no means proficient and fought for kicks and money. regardless of his really good tale, you will not capture him boasting approximately his exploits or cashing in as a rent-a-villain. Repeatedly...
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In those days Reggie was slightly built, not very tall, and polite to everyone – a softly spoken man who didn’t need to shout or throw his weight around. He’d been a promising young boxer himself, turning pro at 16. Then he was jailed for assaulting a policeman before he was out of his teens. That killed his career. So, with brother Ron, he turned to making money through crime. Being on nodding terms with him was a big deal for us. We admired Reggie for making something of his life. In return, Reg always had time to ask how our boxing was going and would often pop into the gym to chew the fat with one of the trainers.
But Micky wasn’t having it. He just laughed Shaw off. If I’m honest, I probably thought Micky would have bested Roy on the cobbles, but in the ring the older man would be likely to have the strength, stamina and technique to win. Roy had been boxing for a long time and training for months. I never saw Micky train for anything. His idea of getting into shape was drinking shorts rather than pints. But he stood his ground like a champion. You have never seen a fight like it, before or afterwards.
They’ve got big homes in Essex or Kent where they enjoy a comfortable retirement. We’ve all grown up, settled down and changed. Not Micky. He still lives within a stone’s throw of where he grew up. He’ll never leave the East End, no matter how much it changes, and it wouldn’t be the same without him. It was always easy come, easy go for him. He was more interested in enjoying himself than in making money and keeping it. But he never let his mates go short either. When he was flush, everyone was flush.