Bruno and Lewis

The Boxing Years

Ralph Oates

Frank Bruno and Lennox Lewis, who made their professional debuts in 1982 and 1989 respectively, were a most welcome addition to the UK heavyweight ranks. Bruno and Lewis had different personalities, but the same ambition—to fight their way to the very top of the division and become the first British World Heavyweight Champion since Bob Fitzsimmons.
Date Published :
December 2017
Publisher :
Fonthill Media
Illustration :
Color and B&W
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ISBN : 9781781555903
Pages : 176
Dimensions : 9.25 X 6.15 inches
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The only British-born boxer to have won the world heavyweight crown was Bob Fitzsimmons, who reigned from 1897–1899. Since then, a host of challengers had attempted to duplicate Fitzsimmons’ success and bring the championship back to British shores. They were duly turned back by the defending titleholders, who were vastly superior in every department. Many fans had come to the depressing conclusion that they would never see a Briton wear the crown in their lifetime. When Frank Bruno emerged, followed later by Lennox Lewis, it appeared that Britain finally had two fighters who could compete with the elite in the division, succeed where others had failed, and win the big prize. Bruno and Lewis: The Boxing Years gives an account on how these two fighters changed the global image of British heavyweights by their respective successes inside the square ring. The road to the top was not always easy, and both men had to overcome setbacks along the way. The pair eventually clashed in an exciting historical contest in 1993—a fight which pitted two Britons against each other to contest the world heavyweight crown for the first time.

About The Author

Ralph Oates is a former amateur boxer and a leading boxing historian. He is the author of nine books on boxing and for 18 years he has contributed articles and quizzes for The British Boxing Board of Control Boxing Yearbook. He has acted has a boxing consultant for the Guinness World Records. Ralph had his own weekly column in an Essex newspaper for almost three years titled ‘Boxing Corner’ and is currently producing another—‘Short Jabs’ in a monthly Norfolk paper. Ralph twice produced a question list for a major television quiz show.

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