• Short Summary

    In his 169 bouts as a fighter, Heinz Birkle of West Germany was never knocked out.

  • Description

    In his 169 bouts as a fighter, Heinz Birkle of West Germany was never knocked out. But it's never too late in the fight game -- even after retirement. For Birkle finally succumbed to KO on Sunday -- while referring.

    SYNOPSIS: The middle-aged former fighter was refereeing a match between Kenyan middleweight David Attan and West German Harold Rodewies. They were in the first round when Attan swung a right at his West German opponent, to score a technical knock-out. But it was Birkle who collected the punch.

    Here it is again -- Attan swinging hard with that right cross, Rodewies just stepping back in time, the punch carried, through straight into the ref's face. Birkle said only his lip was swollen -- his sense of humour was undamaged. Attan carried on to win the fight with a real KO in the second round.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAAU2C33OLB8IR6XB3R5LTCD4YE
    Media URN:
    VLVAAU2C33OLB8IR6XB3R5LTCD4YE
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    20/12/1976
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:00:58:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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