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  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Aurum Press Ltd (25 Mar 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 184513513X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1845135133
  • Product Dimensions: 14.8 x 3 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 378,297 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'His is a chilling read, every bit as engrossing as the underworld created by his old friend [Steve] Bunce.' -- The Observer, 11.04.2010

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Errol Christie is a former professional boxer and was a record-breaking amateur. In 1980 he was made captain of the England boxing team and in 1983 he became European champion. He has since built a career as a trainer and is one of the country's leading coaches of 'white-collar boxing', with students including Dermot O'Leary and Gianluca Vialli. He also works in inner-city schools, using boxing and his first-hand experiences of racism and street violence to campaign against knife and gun crime.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By John McBride on 3 May 2010
Format: Hardcover
If you like boxing at all, pick this book up & read it. Being in my mid-forties myself, I remember Errol Christie's fights well. Who can forget what happened with Mark Kaylor. Did everyone know how bad racisim was back then? This guy tried & tried, & I'm pleased to say, is still trying.

As I said in my title about this book, The only bad thing about this book is that it finishes. Well worth a read, its honest, vibrant & very much real.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By vlad on 26 April 2010
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This is a fantastic real life story. It offers a vivid portrait of Mr. Christie's life; it is incredibly well written. It is hard to sum this book up in a few sentences because there's so much it covers, but like boxing at it's best, it captures many of the ups and downs of life in general. Mr. Christie describes in detail how he had to deal with daily racism and violence when he was growing up, including close shaves with the law (he had to jump over a balcony in a high rise block of flats to escape the police in one incident!). He also details his peerless achievements as an amateur boxer. It's also a story of what might have been; for example Mr. Christie reflects on how his professional boxing career might have turned out differently had he stayed under the tutelage of Emmanuel Steward at The Kronk. When I finished reading this book I felt nothing but admiration for Mr. Christie. To me, he comes across as a man full of principle, honesty and integrity. It is the most candid autobiography I have ever read; but this review only highlights a tiny fraction of it's content so I'll end by saying it's highly informative, entertaining, and well worth a read!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By MATCHEN on 28 Jun 2012
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This book is a must read for fans of british boxing. It gives a detailed account of the life and background of Errol Christie one of the best british boxers of his generation. Christie gives a detailed account of his early life in 197o's coventry growing up as an ethnic minority. Christie is a fighting man no doubt inside and outside the ring - early chapters detailing these accounts was interesting if a little slightly one chapter too many on the streetfighting IMO. I was more interested in his boxing career , relationships with managers and other fighters and there was some there but felt there could have been more. Christie hints at the power relationships between fighters and manager but again here i felt there could have been more detail especially in the after math of the Kaylor fight and the poor management, preperation and guidance he received thereafter. The aftermath personally hit Errol but he's fighting back and winning. All the best Errol.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By lunchmoney on 5 May 2010
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Errol Christie and his fists of fury take the reader on a rollercoaster ride through 70/80s Britain in this entertaining tale of one mans struggle against racism and his own shortcomings as a fighter. Whilst never courting sympathy the reader's heart goes out to the likeable Christie and his indominatable spirit. No need to be a boxing fan to rate this a knockout!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By nick anderson on 3 Jan 2013
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This autobiography was not as interesting as many other books of this genre on the market. Quite frankly, it was a little disappointing - especially as I remember how exciting Errol was as a fighter.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By conthedon on 29 Sep 2012
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I was lucky enough to get to know Errol a few years ago as I got involved in white collar boxing in London. What a lovely fella I thought at the time, he couldnt have been more helpful to weekend warriors like myself who would never half a tenth of his ability in the ring.

After reading this book I have even more respect for the man - his really was a hard life and the fact he is making the most of his experience by helping boxers and wayward youngsters is commendable.

Oh and by the way, an incredible book - I read it in 2 days as I couldnt put it down.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Colin Everett on 5 Feb 2012
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As a big fan of boxing in the 80s I remember Errol Christie as an exciting and talented boxer. It's sad to read how a world professional championship belt eluded Errol but testament to Errol's strength as a human being how he overcame so many of life's challenges. I have no doubt that with the technology and financial support available to today's athletes, Errol would have won that belt. I never recaptured my love of boxing since those days, I don't know, it just doesn't interest me the way it did when we had fighters like Errol gracing the ring.

The book is an amazing read, especially for someone in their late forties like me; it is a real trip down memory lane, both the good and bad. I found it impossible to put down and almost missed my train stop a few times because I was so captivated by the book. I feel very lucky and honoured to have met Errol and to have had my copy signed by the man himself.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Daniel Cann on 28 Jun 2011
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One of my earliest recollections of being a boxing fan was the build up to the Errol Christie versus Mark Kaylor contest. In a charged atmosphere at a press conference to announce the fight the two boxers brawled in the street dressed in their smart suits. It was a shocking scene and caused quite a stir. There was a real concern that the needle that existed between the two could lead to serious race related hate crimes and a possible riot at Wembley Arena on the night of the fight itself. Fittingly the bout was to be held on Bonfire Night 5th November 1985. The fireworks would be in the ring as well as everywhere else.

On the night of the fight I remember clearly how I listened as an avid schoolboy to the BBC Radio coverage of the contest. The atmosphere was electric and the commentator was in a state of nervous anticipation and excitement as well. Reading this autobiography brings all of this back. It is also a reminder of a Britain that only existed a short time ago but is already so very different to the country we know now.

As the books jacket cover is swift to point out this is not the story of a celebrity sportsman. Christie was an exceptional record breaking amateur boxer who was Captain of the England Amateur team becoming European champion in 1983.

When he turned professional this classy, hard hitting young man looked destined for a glittering professional career. He was handsome with an excellent boxing pedigree; he had even enjoyed a stint of training at the World renowned Kronk Gym in Detroit rubbing shoulders with the likes of Emmanuel Steward, Thomas Hearns, Mike McCallum and Milton McCrory. The road looked paved with gold, he seemed to have everything going for him, but it did not quite work out.
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