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Carl did his job here but Niall falls short,
This review is from: The Cobra: My Story (Hardcover)
Having read the book recently in two sittings overall it delivered but was a bit rough around the edges not unlike the man himself in the ring. It was readable generally interesting and quite insightful.
Interesting background on Carl's upbringing, family with a picture painted of the area he grew up in. I felt Carl was quite honest in the book overall. It's a nice read and not too life changing or controversial. Of course we would expect nothing less in an autobiography of a sports star at the height of his career.
Carl gives some very insightful comments about the current state of boxing both as a sport generally and the lack of support from the media in Britain. Of course this has directly affected Carl but he puts an intelligent case forward.
As regards to the fight that never happened (Froch V's Calzaghe) it certainly would have been an interesting contest but Carl's opinion is repeated a few times which sounds a bit repetitive while there are a couple of references to Robin Reid and Carl's view that Joe won on a bad judges scorecard. Carl then goes on to say when he faced Reid he'd never been hit so hard in his career which is another little dig.
I quite expected a couple of digs at Calzaghe and here comes in some of the issues with the book. The repetition sounds unprofessional almost like being in a room with a drunk man that wants to underline a point he feels strongly about.
I am not a buff at grammar and spelling but I have never seen such a high amount of appalling spelling mistakes and bad grammar as I did in this book. It really let's it down at times and I would expect more. I find it hard to believe it has been proofread even spellchecker would pick most of this up.
Carl Froch delivered his part of the deal but the writer Niall Hickman should get on the case now stop the print run and sort it out with the above issues (including the issues of some repeating of points because Niall wrote this book not Carl). Also just for the record it is a better read than Joe Calzaghe's autobiography 'No Ordinary Joe'. If the fight was made though, in my opinion, it would have gone to the valleys!