Prizefighter – The Searing Autobiography of Britain’s Bareknuckle Boxing Champion

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'You can get a couple of years for beating the shit out of another bloke, or a couple of grand. I chose to do the latter'.

Decca's story is that of a bullied boy with an impossible dream. Of solvent abuse, violence, drug addiction, depression, boxing and bareknuckle fighting but – ultimately – redemption.

It begins on a council estate in Carlisle where, as the victim, of cruel bullies, a young Decca anaesthetised himself from the pain and humiliation by sniffing solvents. In his mid-teens the fear fell away to be replaced by fury, as the bullies discovered to their cost. Memories of that frightened boy fuelled a rage that forged a fearsome street-fighter and future champion.

Working on the doors attracted more trouble but further enhanced his growing reputation. At the age of nineteen, life was good until the love of his life left him. Depression set in and prevailed. For almost ten years, he fell prey to a rampant cocaine habit, which provoked his demons, making him unpredictable and dangerous to be around. Serious jail time seemed inevitable.

Out of sheer desperation, his Dad arranged Decca's first unlicensed boxing match. He won and became instantly hooked. Having gotten fit, hungry, and off the drugs, he was lured into the bloody arena of bareknuckle fighting. Many brutal undefeated fights followed, as did two BKB heavyweight titles. A chance meeting with renowned boxing promoter Ricky English led to Decca's shot at the iconic 'Guv'nor' title. The rest, as they say, is history.

Product Details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1713 KB
  • Print Length: 288 pages
  • Publisher: John Blake (8 Jun. 2017)
  • Sold by:  Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B072M789YV
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
  • X-Ray: Not Enabled
  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled

Customer Reviews

A tale of two voices

 on 31 July 2017
By Rabbie
This is a coruscating read. Wild, unhinged at times but with a kind hearted thread woven through it. Decca Heggie is quite a guy, proud of his roots and rightly so. He is also brutally tough and some of the descriptions of violence are not for the faint hearted. Indeed, I found Decca’s bravado about some of the casual violence a bit distasteful. Whatever your background are you really so proud that your lineage is one built on violence? However, bleeding heart aside this is a look at an underbelly that is missed and often forgotten in British society; this is how real people live their lives and the awful challenges they face, and every politician should read this book. Decca is best when talking about adversity and depression and encouraging others to talk and seek help for mental health challenges. He is immensely inspiring on this and is clearly a guy who has developed as a person, an intellect, and an ambassador for Carlisle and honest, working folk from there. I enjoyed this book very much; it took balls to write it but, of course, Decca Heggie is well served in that department.

Five Stars

 on 16 June 2017
By Mark Bennett
top book

Knowing Decca personally it was a good read from events that i know about and was …

 on 3 August 2017
By Stu A.
Knowing Decca personally it was a good read from events that i know about and was at, but to hear oit from his point of view. Top man

Found it to be a very good read indeed

 on 21 July 2017
By Amazon Customer
Found it to be a very good read indeed , the lads come along way and done great given from where he started off from, much respect 🙂

Definitely go get this book

 on 4 August 2017
By Amazon Customer
Excellent book very honest and open knowing decca as friend. I recommend others to read xx

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