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On This Day in 1987 - Frank Bruno overcomes Joe Bugner at White Hart Lane

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Joe Bugner had fought Muhammad Ali 12 years earlier.

On this day in 1987, Frank Bruno took a significant step on the road towards a showdown with world heavyweight champion Mike Tyson when he beat Joe Bugner at White Hart Lane.

Bruno, the darling of the British boxing public, had seen his dream of lifting the world title put on hold when he was knocked out by WBA champion Tim Witherspoon in the July of the previous year and needed to work his way back into contention for a shot at the fearsome Tyson.

At 37, Hungarian-born Briton Bugner had never been forgiven by his adopted country for ending Henry Cooper's career in a controversial points victory back in 1971 as a 21-year-old.

Bruno had been due to fight Trevor Berbick in the September, but when his opponent pulled out through injury, Bugner, who had beaten top Americans James Tillis, David Bey and Greg Page in his three previous fights, stepped in for a Battle of Britain clash at White Hart Lane.

Battle lines were drawn – the former British, European and Commonwealth champion, who had fought Muhammad Ali for the world title in June 1975, had been less than complimentary about the 25-year-old fans' favourite in the run-up to the bout, and although he went into the ring almost two stones heavier, both the bookmakers and the crowd were firmly behind Bruno.

The younger fitter man gradually wore the durable Bugner down with his punishing jab before unleashing a barrage, and referee John Coyle called a halt at the end of the eighth round as the towel came in.

Bruno went on to lose to Tyson in February 1989 after famously rocking the undisputed world champion, but out-pointed Oliver McCall to claim the WBC crown in September 1995.

Bugner, who had initially announced his retirement in 1976, finally hung up his gloves for good in 1999 having lifted the WBF title at the age of 48.

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TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Tottenham HotspurSpurs106312191221
2Liverpool106312217521
3Chelsea1054122101219
4Leicester CityLeicester96031812618
5Southampton105231916317
6Wolverhampton WanderersWolves105231111017
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9Aston Villa85031911815
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11West Ham UnitedWest Ham94231510514
12Leeds UnitedLeeds104241517-214
13Newcastle UnitedNewcastle104241215-314
14Arsenal104151012-213
15Crystal Palace104151215-313
16Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton102441416-210
17West Bromwich AlbionWest Brom10136718-116
18Burnley9126417-135
19Fulham9117918-94
20Sheffield UnitedSheff Utd10019416-121
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