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Kirkland Laing
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Nickname(s) The Gifted One
Rated at Welterweight
Nationality British
Born (1954-06-20)20 June 1954
Jamaica
Died 9 June 2021(2021-06-09) (aged 66)
Yorkshire, England, UK
Stance Orthodox
Boxing record
Total fights 56
Wins 43
Wins by KO 24
Losses 12
Draws 1
No contests 0

Kirkland Laing (20 June 1954 – 9 June 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.

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