No Middle Ground: Eubank, Benn, Watson and the golden era of British boxing Hardcover – 15 May 2014
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'Absolutely loving the book. I can't put it down. One of the best books about sport I've ever read. It's great.'(Matt Forde Comedian, comedy writer and TalkSport presenter)
‘This is an enthralling behind-the-scenes account of a bygone sporting era.’(Shortlist)
"Riveting. It's like I'm back there on a sat night with my family, watching the bloodlust. Brilliantly written."(Phil Williams Radio Five Live)
'Shetty painstakingly spoke to the fighters, their respective teams and many of the integral people involved to capture the scene of the fight nights excellently. The way in which he introduces the reader to each of the boxers personalities in fine detail from their adolescent youth through to maturity early on in the book sets the tone perfectly. Shetty takes the reader through an amazing journey that started inside a tent in Finsbury Park North London in May 1989, and ends tragically on cold night at White Hart Lane Football on September 21, 1991. Highly informative and well written.'(Clive Bernath secondsout.com)
About the Author
SANJEEV SHETTY began writing about boxing in 1994. He has reported from ringside on greats such as Mike Tyson, Lennox Lewis, Naseem Hamed, Ricky Hatton, Joe Calzaghe, Oscar de la Hoya and Manny Pacquiao. The majority of his reportage has been for the BBC, for whom he has served over three years. He lives in Cheshire with his wife Laura and their two sons, Rafael and Ruben. He is also the author of a detective novel, Man's Work.
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The book shows how unlucky Watson was, he could well have been a world champion like the other two (Eubank and Benn), but instead suffered a serious injury in the ring. This was an enthralling book and brought back all sorts of memories of the time when boxing was on the 'tele'.
Sanjeev Shetty has done a good job with the descriptions of the actual fights, it's an easy to read book and a treet for all boxing fans.
I've read a lot of sports book but can honestly say this is one of the very best I've read down the years as it transports you back to the late 80s/early 90s and makes you re-live it all over again. For any sports fan and certainly any boxing fan this is an absolute must-read.
The book has depth as it has clearly been well researched with interviews and quotations from the major players in what was a special period in boxing history. I particularly liked the inclusion of the social and political references from the time and how they affected the actions and behaviours of the protagonists.
On the lead up to each bout, the author builds up the excitement that make you want to read on to find out what happened and I found the final chapters covering the retirement periods and the readjustment to post-boxing life to be on the one hand a little sad, but also inspiring.
This book is a good read, written in a very easy style and I would recommend it to the boxing enthusiast, to relive this era and also people like me, who will read a book on a subject they are less familiar with.
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Fabulous book. Brought back great memories. Excellent to read from so many different perspectives.Published 19 months ago by scaton
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