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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: John Blake Publishing Ltd (1 Mar. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844548953
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844548958
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 2.5 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 100,381 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Johnny Nelson was born in Sheffield in January 1967. Johnny is now starting a new career in the media and still lives in Sheffield with his wife Debbie, their two daughters and a string of horses.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By S. F. Jones on 17 April 2009
Format: Hardcover
I followed Johnnys career quite closely when he was boxing, but until now never realise his true struggles and hardship en route to his world title successes.. If you love an inspiring rags to riches story with a great feel good factor, you are gonna have to grab yourself a copy... a must have item for Boxing Bio fans.. The book is also very affordable on Amazon, and is amongts one of my top 5 Boxing stories of all time.. and i have read hundreds..
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By L. E. Stacey on 7 Aug. 2007
Format: Hardcover
Brednan Ingle has worked with many good or world class fighters (Herol Graham,Prinne Naseem, Junior Witter, Ryan Rhodes) so its surprising that a fighter with a record of 45-12-2(29) would be the fighter he has been most proud of. In short J.Nelson should never have acheived what he did (6 year WBO Crusierweight champion, with 14 successfull title defences).

Nelson turned pro in 1986 (at 19) and lost his first 3 fights (the worst of starts). in 1990 with a record of 15-5 he had a tepid draw with a faded Carlos De Leon for the WBC Crusierweight crown (its one of the worst fights in history). 2 years later with a record of 21-5-1 he lost another terrible fight to James Waring in another stinker for the IBF title. Nelson was then content to traverse the continents campaigning between Crusier and Heavyweight losing here and there as a journeyman. in 1996 Nelson had a record of 25-12-1 and was going nowehere. Somehow though things changed. From 1996 onwards Nelson went 20-0-1 (12) winning the WBO title and establishing himself as one of the best and most avoided Crusierweights on the planet. It was a career of 2 half's. the first 10 years were terrible, the next golden and its a very compelling tail.

This story , not just the fights but what goes on behind the scenes and in the udnerworld you never see is a compelling tail and this book will serve as a great encourager of what can be acheived if your determined, belive in yourself and stick with it. Mr Nelson could easily have ended his career with non title and a terrible record. That he didnt is a testament as to what can be achieved, even with a bad start!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By B. Sluzalek on 9 Sept. 2011
Format: Paperback
I grew up watching Johnny Nelson on Sky in the late 90's, but I never realised his career was so filled with setbacks (until I saw his record on boxrec) nor did I know of this book until I came across it on Amazon. Losing his first three fights and many more afterwards you wouldn't believe that he would go on well into his late 30's to defend a world cruiserwight title over and over. By his own admission, Johnny Nelson from day one in the gym did not enjoy hitting or getting hit and his book often describes a fearful man with fragile self-confidence. Disappointing and cowardly performances made him very unpopular in the UK at the time and Nelson became a "C" grade fighter who found it difficult to find fights. However, an underlying talent for boxing and a tremendous "awkward streak" distinguished him from other boxer who would have sooner given up. Whilst not amoung the very greatest of Britsh boxing champions, his diverse set of conflicting traits are what make Johnny Nelson's story so complex and the honest way it is told make it an excellent read. I couldn't put the book down till it was finished!
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By Sport Nut on 23 Sept. 2013
Format: Paperback
Johnny Nelson was a good boxer. Although he has an enduring reputation as somebody who punched above his weight in terms of career achievements, you can't take away the fact that he was a World Champion - and one who retained the belt on numerous occasions. So why the doubt? His fight against Carlos De Leon, where Nelson seemed to give up, has haunted him ever since. Nelson tries to explain in this book why that happened, although he still seems to struggle to understand why he acted like that. A lack of self belief followed him through his career which probably played a part. The descriptions of Nelson's relationships with Brendan Ingle, Herol Graham and Naseem Hamed are well written, as are many of the fights. Kept me interested throughout.
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By J. Smyth on 20 Jun. 2009
Format: Hardcover
an excellent book i would def recommend. Tells the story of how nelson was the laughing stock of the gym, blew 2 world title chances and ultimately fulfilled his potentital and went on to become world champion. in between we hear of his beatings in the gym as he learned to hone his skills and sparring trips abroad where he was 'fresh meat off the plane'. it is a very funny and moving book. a book for the underdog, for anyone who is struggling to believe in themselves, johnny nelson proves you can achieve your dreams with stubborness and hard work, despite terrible setbacks. a classic!
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By Yorkie on 10 Jan. 2009
Format: Hardcover
An interesting,inspirational and at times funny book about a boxer who was not to everyone's liking but who i appreciated as his career went on for his abilities.Whether you are just a boxing fan or even better a boxing fan from Sheffield,you will enjoy this book.It covers the 90's and the Naz era(who was friends with Johnny and trained at the same time at Brendan Ingle's gym)and both Naz and Herol Graham are featured frequently in Nelson's career and personal life.I would maybe give this 4 1/2 stars if i had the option.Made me laugh out loud at times.
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For thoes people who remember the Carlos De Leon 'fight', I would say this book is a must! Johnny Nelson has probably had more up's and down than a Amsterdam street worker, but I suppose sucess comes to thoes who try and try again, Johnny Nelson did just that. Good book, with some interesting stories about the workings of Ingles gym, and his relationship with Hamed.
One of the better Boxing books I've read (and I've read a lot)
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