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Left Hooks and Dangerous Crooks Hardcover – 23 Jul 2014

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  • Hardcover: 234 pages
  • Publisher: Apex Publishing Ltd; 1st edition (22 May 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1906358583
  • ISBN-13: 978-1906358587
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 1.3 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars 7 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,738,994 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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It s so refreshing to read the truth for once --Freddie Foreman, Former Underworld Figure and Author of 'Brown Bread Fred'

A startling book from a man who knows. --Ronnie Knight, Former Underworld Figure and Author of 'Blood and Revenge'

A book that pulls no punches! --Charlie Richardson, Former Gangster & Author of 'My Manor'

Tel has lifted the lid off a secret world! --Howard Marks, Famous International Drug Smuggler & Author of 'Mr Nice'

I've always been a boxing fan, but never dabbled in the noble art of pugilism myself. The bottom line is that I'd never have been up to it; you have to be brutally realistic when appraising your own skills and talents. Boxing, though, has an allure that fans of the fight game understand although those who oppose it cannot fathom. Many watch fights because they like to see good boxing, but it has to be said that some probably revel in the raw violence. Whatever the truth, Tel Currie has penned an eye-opening tome that tells the naked truth not about licensed boxing but the bare-knuckle or unaffiliated variety. The strength of this book is the way in which it paints an accurate picture of the relationship between unlicensed fighting and the world of crime. Seeing things in their proper context allows for a far more realistic appraisal. What you read may not be any more pleasant, but its real. Those who oppose boxing licensed or otherwise will have a real problem with this book because whatever one may think of pugilism there can be no doubting the courage of those who engage in it. Tel Currie has created a window through which the rest of us can peek at a brutal, unforgiving world but it is a world in which certain standards and codes are enforced and expected to be honoured. Left Hooks and Dangerous Crooks is certainly not for the squeamish, but its a first-class read. --Mike Hallowell, The Shields Gazette

About the Author

Tel Currie was born in Perivale, West London in 1972 and began his boxing career at 11 years old. Having enjoyed considerable success, he retired from the ring as an unbeaten amateur at the age of 20 and decided to channel his experience and talent as a fighter into teaching boxing. Building on his reputation, he was successful in putting together his own stable of fighters to compete in the world of unlicensed boxing and repeatedly pulled in the crowds at Hammersmith Palais. The criminal underworld has always maintained a close association with unlicensed boxing and during his time as a fighter and trainer, Currie has forged close connections with many key gangland figures. He counts among his close friends many well known names such as Charlie Richardson, Roy Shaw, Ronnie Knight, Howard Marks, Wilf Pine and Ronnie Biggs to name but a few. Having gained the trust and respect of these infamous characters, Currie understands the workings of the criminal underworld and is well placed to document and comment on this violent and predominantly hidden underside of life. Tel Currie is also the co-author of Bouncers with Julian Davies and Heroes and Villians written in collaboration with notorious prison inmate Charlie Bronson.

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