Bunce’s Big Fat Short History of British Boxing

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Boxing is Steve Bunce's game. He has filed thousands and thousands of fight reports from ringside. He has written millions and millions of words for national newspapers previewing boxing, profiling boxers and proselytising on the business. He has been the voice of British boxing on the airwaves, both radio and television, with an army of loyal fans. And now it's time to put those many years of experience into penning his history of the sport of kings on these isles. It's Bunce's Big Fat Short History of British Boxing.

Starting in 1970, the beginning of modern boxing in Britain, Bunce takes us from Joe Bugner beating Henry Cooper to an explosion then in the sport's exposure to the wider British public, with 22 million watching Barry McGuigan win his world title on the BBC. All boxing royalty is here – Frank Bruno taking on Mike Tyson in Las Vegas; Benn, Watson, Eubank and Naseem; Ricky Hatton, Lennox Lewis and Calzaghe; Froch and Haye – through to a modern day situation where with fighters as diverse as Tyson Fury and Anthony Joshua, we have more world champions than ever before. And besides the fighters, there are the fixers, the managers, the trainers, the duckers and divers…

Bunce's Big Fat Short History of British Boxing will have every high and impossible low, tragic deaths and fairy tales. It is a record of British boxing, British boxing people and fifty years of glory, heartache and drama.

Product Details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 32742 KB
  • Print Length: 460 pages
  • Publisher: Transworld Digital (18 May 2017)
  • Sold by:  Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01KUHG9R0
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
  • X-Ray: Not Enabled
  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled

Customer Reviews

Knockout by Bunce

3 people found this helpful.
 on 31 May 2017
By Ray
At last since we don’t see the British Boxing Yearbooks anymore this is a great book, a fantastic history and a top collectors prize already. It is a must have book that has acknowledged so many who have contributed to the sport, the famous and the forgotten. I recall as a young boy the Cooper v Bugner fight, Ken Buchanan, Alan Minter and power punchers like Tony Sibson. The list is endless and recognition of what a hard hard effort Frank Bruno gave against Terrible Tim Witherspoon. I was glad to know I wasn’t the only one who bunked school for boxing. This book knocked me out in the first pages.

Masterful Buncey!!

One person found this helpful.
 on 26 June 2017
By Frox
Superb book, particularly the sections on the 70’s and 80’s when I’d often listen to boxing on the radio when I was meant to be doing my homework!

Boxing clever with this book

 on 23 June 2017
By jimbo36uk
Bunce’s book is great. Blow by blow account of boxing the things you never here about.

Brilliant, must have boxing book

 on 24 June 2017
By Lomax
Many of these boxers of the 70’s and 80’s were my childhood heroes and Bunce’s brilliant style of writing makes this one of the best boxing books I’ve ever read. Anyone interested in British boxing should buy this book, can’t recommend it highly enough. I wrote this after twenty pages. Now I’ve finished the book I think it was even better than I thought it was going to be!

A brilliant history of British boxing since 1970

 on 18 August 2017
By Robert J. Prosser
A brilliant history of British boxing since 1970. Bunce has a unique voice and he covers all the major characters and events of the period and some of the more unusual ones as well. There’s the odd error here and there but the quality of the book makes it easy to overlook them. Highly recommended!

A must read for any boxing fan

 on 5 June 2017
By joe hunt
Very good book from boxing writer and expert Steve Bunce as he goes through each year from the 1970s through to the modern era, very good read for any fan of boxing or a fan of Steve Bunce from Boxnation

Superb! born in 79 a self profest boxing nerd …

 on 28 June 2017
By Amazon Customer
Superb!born in 79 a self profest boxing nerd.all the missing greats are there the two bunny’s. Johnson & sterling.finigans graham etc.& of course the champs.must read bunce exels

A balanced work

 on 6 August 2017
As comprehensive a review of the era as necessary without being over wordy. Just the right balance in my opinion


6 people found this helpful.
 on 25 May 2017
By Mr. W. Nicol
Full of information and anecdote. The book is written in chronological order and covers major fights involving British boxers over 40 years. As such the information is both a summary and concise account but also, as the book goes on, a narrative history of many familiar favourites and characters. Memories came flooding back from what was an amazing period of sporting history. (Watt, McGuigan, Benn, Lewis, Honeyghan, Buchanan, Bruno, Graham, Hamed, Conteh, Watson, Eubank etc.). Mr Bunce however also gives ample coverage to lesser known heroes and villains. Highly recommended. Entertaining, informative and insightful.

Bunce-n burner

 on 4 June 2017
By Jambro
I defy you to read this book and not hear Steve Bunce’s voice shouting the words at you. This is an audiobook without audio. Steve Bunce knows the subject inside out and anyway you wish to see. Reading the book was like having a great walk back in time of real enjoyment in boxing. From Cooper vs Bugner to Froch vs Groves 2. May Steve Bunce always write and talk about boxing.

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