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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: John Blake Publishing Ltd (2 Jun 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844545563
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844545568
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 2 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 33,528 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"'A true modern-day gladiator.' Roy 'Pretty Boy' Shaw"

About the Author

Richy Horsley was born in 1964 in Hartlepool and was brought up by his adoptive parents, Tom and Brenda. Richy started boxing as a young man and even reached the latter stages of the ABA Championships. He later became involved in unlicensed boxing and street fighting and earned himself an unrivalled reputation.

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67 of 67 people found the following review helpful By Jamie on 17 Jan 2006
Format: Hardcover
The introduction sets the scene with Hartlepool fishermen hanging a monkey after mistaking it for a french spy during the napoleonic wars. After reading this you become hooked and want to read more. Richy begins by quoting that with his record of violence you would think he was brought up in an abattoir rather than a loving home. Richy's journey takes us through the late 60's and into the chopper bike riding 70's reminding us of the special community spirit that was experienced and that family was the center of our lives and a time when Richy's dad dies which devastates him. We travel through the Bruce Lee Kung Fu times and the Happy Days Fonze period and then progress on to the Sex Pistols Punk Rock period until he finds his comfort zone of donkey jacket boot boy. His boxing intro enabled him to participate at levels that any teenage lad would be proud to achieve.By his own admission Richy tells of some of the bad things he has done in life, however he has been man enough to tell the truth and not just include the parts that make him hero-like.His clashes with the law lands him in detention centre.These places were run like boot camps with prison being the softer option.Richy achieved 'The Daddy' status in this barabric environment and moved into manhood with a reputation that began to precede him.Durham prison was Richy's next temporary home and on his release it was time for him to stay out of trouble with the birth of his 2nd child and so he returned to boxing.Hartlepool had a long boxing tradition going back to the 1800's when people fought bare knuckle on Seaton Carew beach.People like Richy carried this tradition and spirit within their blood.Read more ›
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59 of 61 people found the following review helpful By Anthony on 22 Dec 2005
Format: Hardcover
I laughed and I cried with this book. It took me on a rollercoaster ride and I couldn't put it down. I felt like I was actually witnessing everything as it was happening, like I was actually there and it certainly got my pulse racing. What a great read and I think it would make a brilliant film.
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34 of 35 people found the following review helpful By "garyeverton" on 28 July 2005
Format: Hardcover
SIMPLY THE BEST READ OF THIS TYPE OF BOOK I HAVE EVER READ.
REAL LIFE. SAD, FUNNY, AND AT TIMES BRUTAL LOOK AT THE LIFE OF RICHY HORSLEY.
I COULD NOT PUT IT DOWN UNTIL I HAD READ THE FULL JOURNEY.
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42 of 45 people found the following review helpful By Donna Byrne on 16 Dec 2005
Format: Hardcover
I really enjoyed this book and would recommend it to anyone, they will not be dissapointed. I've read a lot of autobiographies in my time and this is up there with the best. 5 out of 5.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mr. John E. S. Wright on 21 April 2010
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I grew up around the same time and in the same area of Hartlepool as Richy Horsley and I was in the year above him at Rossmere junior school. I am proudly pictured with the league winning football team on the photo included in the book, front row far right. Richy's early stories, some funny, some sad, and the host of photos brought back lots of memories for me of the late sixties and early seventies living in Hartlepool. My recollections of Richy at junior school are of a tall, quiet and polite lad who easily managed to compete with the older lads from the year above and when it came to football, he was a very promising, brave and enthusiastic goalie who always gave 100% for the team. I left Rossmere Junior school in 1974 and I have never seen or heard of Richy Horsley again . . . until discovering Born To Fight on Amazon. I would like to compliment Richy on creating a brilliant book and rekindling memories from a different time that had long faded from my ageing mind.
Richy describes his everyday confrontations and his top level title fights with the same enthusiasm and intense, colourful language that makes Born To Fight so vivid, easy and enjoyable to read. This is a down to earth bloke describing his extraordinary career with a confidence and modesty that makes me proud to have known him.
Cheers Richy.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By W. Jackson on 23 Jun 2011
Format: Hardcover
I live near Hartlepool, so when I got this book i was interested to see how Richys fighting days were fought back then. This book is truly a remarkable read. He goes into great detail of his upbringing, where he trained in boxing, how he was bullied as a kid but suddenly found the urge to fight back. He does in good depth about how he feels throughout the book & of course - all the fights hes had over the years! Its a very well written book & enjoyed every single bit of it!

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