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Lew Yates , Bernard O'Mahoney
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8 Jan 2009

Everybody in the unlicensed fight game knows that only one man has the honour of being titled 'Guv'nor' - and that man is Lew 'Wild Thing' Yates. Yates began boxing at the age of six, and as an adult he was ruthless in pursuit of his dream of becoming world heavyweight champion. But when his licence was revoked following an assault on a referee, he turned to unlicensed boxing.

By day, Yates pounded punchbags and the streets in an effort to reach the peak of physical fitness as he prepared for his epic battle with Roy 'Pretty Boy' Shaw. At night, he pounded gangsters and drug dealers foolish enough to take him on in the nightclubs where he worked.

Wild Thing documents how Yates rose to the top of his bloody profession. When it comes to his fighting ability, he doesn't need to boast, brag or exaggerate. With Lew Yates, what you see is what you hope you're never going to get. This is his remarkable story.

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  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Mainstream Publishing (8 Jan 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1845963520
  • ISBN-13: 978-1845963521
  • Product Dimensions: 1.8 x 13.2 x 19.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 150,833 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Lew doesn't pull punches as he lifts the lid on the seedy world of brutal bouts" (News of the World)

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The autobiography of Lew 'Wild Thing' Yates, the infamous fighter who toppled Roy 'Pretty Boy' Shaw as Guv'nor of the unlicensed boxing ring

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent read 14 Aug 2008
I purchased this book & read cover to cover in a day, its that good.

Exploring o lot of his issues at home as well as the work side of things makes it quite a refreshing read.

Theres plenty of punch ups & stories from his time on the door, plus info on his fight with Roy pretty boy shaw rifght back to his personal relationships & how they affected him & his kids.

Without spoiling too much of the book its a really good read & shows Lew to be very old school ( not a bad thing) with regards to fighting, preffering to use his fists/head rather than guns that are so often the case nowadays.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A True Gentleman 7 Mar 2011
One of the best Hard Men books that I have ever read and probably the only one that tells the genuine truth.

Lew holds nothing back in this book and tells it like it was.

I call this review 'A True Gentleman' as I met Lew when he was promoting his book and he is what i'd call Old School. Show the man some respect and he will show you respect and even allow you to have your photograph taken with him.

Although Lew is now a Legend he remains a down to earth sort of a guy and has time for everyone.

This is a book that you won't be able to put down, forget Charles Bronson or Lenny as those two books don't even begin to compare to this, this is a good read and falls within my top 10 reads of all time.

Buy it with confidence and do yourself a big favour and join the campaign to have it made into a Blockbuster Film.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars lew wild thing yates 28 Mar 2009
A honest and brutal account of a great mans life who has the god given right to be britains rightfull guv'nor a man who never had to boast about his fighting capabilitys his fists done the talking and allways stood his ground no matter who you were or thought you were.this is the best book i have had the pleasure of reading and would highly recomend you buy this.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Is he or isnt he ? 19 Mar 2009
Maybe Lew Yates should not delude himself into thinking he is the "Guv'nor" Ill admit a very hard man but most of the time it is him telling us that he is the "Guv'nor" He is this or he is that. He fought Roy Shaw and lost then claimed it was fixed (well he would !). To read about a real hard man get "The Taxman" by Brian Cockerill.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Average 3 Aug 2011
By redmish
Format:Kindle Edition
I have read a few of these hard men books and this was a decent read, but as opposed to roy shaws book and especially lenny mcleans this doesn't come close. The main reason is simply the guy never fought lenny mclean (fight was arranged but lew had to pull out through injury), and when he fought roy shaw he got stopped early in the fight. Anyone can go round saying they could have beat these people but saying and doing are two very different things. There is no doubt lew was a very very hard man but he cannot be given the title of guv'nor.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lew Yates...Wild Thing 9 July 2008
I have read loads of books on this subject and must admit that i enjoyed this a lot. An easy book to read and a great insight into the world of one mans passion for the sport he loves and his family. A true hard man,but also a 'gentleman' with old school values. A damn fine read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars True Guv'nor 15 April 2008
Best book i have read so far in 2008 could not wait to read the next chapter , very honest story from a bloke who i almost know after reading it recommend to all cracking read . Nice one Lew.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must Buy 3 Feb 2009
By D. Khan
This is a Must Buy and has to be up there with the other 'Guvnor-type' books by Roy Shaw and Lenny McLean. I have just finished reading it, and it enthralled me to the end. And I really enjoyed the reviews about Lew by 'faces' who knew him. There's only one bad review I've read, by Jose Barrera, a pseudonym if ever there was one, and probably someone who does not like Lew, hence, the review. To comment on this bad review, is giving it the oxygen it needs to survive; but what a load of bollocks, I mean I can denigrate the ramblings of this reviewer by highlighting one simple fact - the pic of Lew squaring up to Roy Shaw, as Mr Barrera says that fight never happened! Lew was robbed of being the next Guvnor (No disrespect to Roy and Lenny, whose books are also fantastic reads).
I for one hope Lew brings out another book asap!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars depcent read
Decent read, comes across as a good bloke until someone annoys him! Shame his boxing career got cut short! Recommended
Published 4 months ago by papa
4.0 out of 5 stars Good book,very interesting.
Lew is a very hard man,but reading his story he also sounds a very honest and fair man,who you do not want to disrespect.
Published 6 months ago by sean nicoll
3.0 out of 5 stars ok read
Was ok but not as good a read
as pretty boy or lennie mcclean
worth a read and good value
Published 8 months ago by Paul Howarth
5.0 out of 5 stars The main Man.
very true to life, a real mans book. one of the best i have read.
Lew Yates is the guv'nor, what you see is what you get.
Published 11 months ago by kevin mccann
5.0 out of 5 stars wild thing
i bought this book for my husband and it kept him quiet for a couple of days so he must have enjoyed it
Published 11 months ago by val
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
I have read lots of books about hard men, but this is the only one I would award five stars. Excellent read.
Published 14 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Wild thing
I couldn't put this book down once I started reading it . unbelievable read I would recommend this book to anyone.
Published 16 months ago by stuart
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow! I read that fast
This book had me laughing, crying, wincing but above all totally enjoying Lew's story. My uncle left if for the MEN of the family to read but they had to wait until I had read it,... Read more
Published on 27 May 2012 by Jan
4.0 out of 5 stars excellent read!
Definetly the best of the hard men books in my opinion, an awesome powerhouse of a book and man who has such great morals and love for his friends and family particularly his... Read more
Published on 29 Mar 2012 by vampz
5.0 out of 5 stars Honest account, warts 'an all, overall an excellent read
Really enjoyable, frank and honest account of the mans life. Definateley a page turner you won't want to put down. Highly recommended reading.
Published on 5 Jan 2012 by Maxx10
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