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Out of The Shadows - My Life of Violence In and Out of the Ring [Kindle Edition]

Dominic Negus
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That reputation has been well earned. A world champion in both the professional and unlicensed circuits, Dominic made headlines after infamously head butting Audley Harrison when the pair clashed at Wembley. Dominic has an impressive ring record against some of the toughest guys in boxing but he has also lived a violent lifestyle outside the ring and has been arrested in connection with an armed kidnapping. But what goes around comes around. Dominic was to find that out to his cost when three masked men burst into the changing room at the gym where he had been working out. While one of the men pointed a gun at Dominic's trainer, the others set about Dominic with an axe inflicting life-threatening injuries. The attack was the turning point for Dominic and now he claims he has turned his back on his violent lifestyle. Can a man with a violent reputation like Dominic really become a 'respectable' member of society? He's determined to try but, for someone who has lived life in the shadows for so long, only time will really tell. This is his amazing story.

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Dominic Negus is a former world champion boxer and hard man whose life in and out of the ring has never been far from controversy. He lives in Essex. Ivan Sage is a news, sport and feature writer with an Essex newspaper. He has covered the county's boxing scene since 1995, both photographically and editorially. This is his fifth book.

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5.0 out of 5 stars A life of change 28 Jan. 2007
Dominic Negus opens his book by recounting the event that serves as an turning point for him. For most people, moments of life-changing clarity are dramatic, but rarely can they be as dramatic as this. Mr Negus relates how being hit over the back of the head with an axe caused him to change his life direction. As epiphanies go, it stands as a fairly brutal example. He abandoned his day job of debt collection (specifically his work for the branch of that profession that does not tend to rely on court orders and warrants to reclaim money). He deliberately cut himself off from former associates, in order not to be tempted back. He cut back on drinking and stopped taking drugs.

Having begun in so dramatic a fashion, Mr Negus sets himself an ambitious benchmark for the remainder of his biography. However it is a challenge which he, and his ghost writer Ivan Sage, easily meet. The book focuses on Mr Negus's time as an amateur, professional and then unlicensed boxer. However, as the sub title indicates, much of the story runs in parallel and deals with the more violent incidents that marked Mr Negus's life away from the ring. His various vocations - doorman; debt collector - lent themselves to a life that encouraged violent behaviour. Moreover, as is clear early on in the account, Mr Negus was not often one to turn away from opportunities for violence. His deserved reputation was as a man of violence - in his words a "hard man". It is clearly not a reputation that he continues to have much regard for.

There is more to the story than mindless violence. Mr Negus treats the book almost as a confessional - detailing an attempt at suicide, the pressure surrounding his arrest on suspicion of armed kidnapping, and the events that led to the end of his professional boxing career.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Honest, Intriguing, Eye Opening and Heartwarming 14 Feb. 2013
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It has been a long time since I have read such an open and honest book, Dominic makes no bones about the fact that he has not always been 'Mr Nice Guy', but in this open and frank story about his life you cannot help but warm to this loveable rogue who may not always find himself doing the right thing !!

This book is not only for fan's of boxing, but it is a really good read about one man's tale to be the best he can be and the somewhat heated situations he finds himself in. Not only do you get to read about the great boxer, but you get an image of the man, the son, the father, the loyal friend and the faithful partner, the family man is wants to be.

He has come a long way from the curly haired overweight boy with glasses, beating back the bullies and the jealous people along the way, not always taking the right path, but admiting his mistakes and learning from them, something most people find hard to do.

Really good read, was disappointed when it ended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiration 26 Aug. 2014
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this book is a great guide for any would be hard man to help them stop mistakes before they've chance to make honest account of a life turned around.
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5.0 out of 5 stars excellent read. 7 Jun. 2013
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arrived in very good condition,could say as good as new ! a very good read if you enjoy boxing and reading about hard nuts and there past life.
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2.0 out of 5 stars World champion?? When and who did he beat ... 16 July 2014
World champion ?? When and who did he beat ?
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