Frank and Fearless
Frank and Fearless
Boxing has long enjoyed a fiercely devoted following, but in recent years the sport has experienced a surge in popularity, finding even more fans among the wider general public. Huge numbers of viewers are paying to watch fights featuring some of boxing’s biggest stars, such as heavyweight champions Anthony Joshua and Wladimir Klitschko, and the undefeated welterweight king, Floyd Mayweather. In a remarkable career that has spanned over thirty-five years, London-born promoter and manager Frank Warren’s name has become synonymous with the noble art, and his understanding of the sport and its athletes is perhaps unparalleled. From modest beginnings as an unlicensed promoter for his second cousin, Lenny ‘The Guv’nor’ Maclean, Frank has become one of the most influential figures in global boxing. This is Frank’s story.
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The story of my life would be a bloody sight shorter if the man who tried to murder me outside the Broadway Theatre in Barking on a winter's evening in 1989 had succeeded. He nearly did.
Frank Warren has spent forty years working with boxing's most colourful and controversial characters. In his long-awaited autobiography, he reflects on the battles he had to win to reach the top and remain there, not least the battle to stay alive after he was shot at point-blank range in an attempted assassination in 1989.
In Frank and Fearless, Warren pulls no punches, taking us behind the scenes into a world of blood and sweat, and intense relationships that all too often end in tears. Under Warren's careful stewardship, Frank Bruno, Naseem Hamed, Joe Calzaghe, Ricky Hatton, Amir Khan and Tyson Fury all became world champions. So did Terry Marsh, the man who was later accused, and cleared, of trying to murder him. Along the way, Warren has been assaulted in a hotel room by the formidable Mike Tyson and gone toe to toe in a court room with his erstwhile partner, the flamboyant Don King.
However, boxing is only part of the story that begins on a council estate in 1950s North London, where Warren first learnt how to stand up to bullies. That was how he overcame and outwitted the powerful cartel that controlled British boxing and tried to stop his career before it started, and it is why he is still around to reflect on his remarkable life.
With cameo appearances from Frank Sinatra, Luciano Pavarotti, Pink Floyd and the Philadelphia mafia, Frank and Fearless is the unflinchingly candid and hard-hitting memoir of Britain's most famous and influential boxing promoter.