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No Ordinary Joe by [Calzaghe, Joe]
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4.3 out of 5 stars 36 customer reviews

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"Now this is what sport's all about ... His battles personal, and in the ring, make for fine fight game reading" (Daily Sport)

"The portrayal in this autobiography of Calzaghe as a true warrior who is now enjoying genuine popularity is justified ... candid [and] a fine read. Go on, Joe!" (The Independent)

"A knockout read" (The Wharf)

"A frank, honest and truly inspirational autobiography ... No Ordinary Joe is a must-read for all sports fans" (North West Evening Mail)

"Fittingly gritty" (Telegraph)

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The autobiography of the greatest British boxer of all time

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2575 KB
  • Print Length: 312 pages
  • Publisher: Cornerstone Digital (1 April 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004I8WLP2
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 36 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #196,951 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Format: Hardcover
No Ordinary Joe is the autobiography of Joe Calzaghe and takes his story up to April 2007 when he beat Peter Manfredo Jnr at the Millennium Stadium, Cardiff. At the time the book was written, Joe had been the WBO super-middleweight champion for 10 years making 20 successful defences, as well as gaining the IBF super-middleweight title in 2006 in a fight against Jeff Lacy described by the respected commentator Hugh Mcllvanney as "one of the greatest displays of superb technique, confidence and fighting intelligence a British boxer has delivered in a major contest." Despite his record, recognition had been slow coming to Joe before the Lacy fight. This is surprising, as he has a broad appeal capable of crossing over to a female fan base with the looks that led to the offer of an M & S modelling contract (which he declined) as well as being a devoted father and family man. The book is remarkably objective for an autobiography and Joe is able to come up with a number of reasons for his comparatively low profile: He came after the barnstorming Benn-Eubank-Collins years and boxing's move away from terrestrial television to Sky; he has been dogged by hand injuries; the fact that his talent scared off the biggest names; possibly it's the British inability to fully embrace winners but perhaps most of all in a celebrity driven age, Joe has never been interested in the fame game. You get a clear idea from the book as to how Joe has developed as an athlete. He very courageously discusses how he was very badly bullied at school despite being a schoolboy boxing champion. This ended a reasonably promising academic performance and it could be that this intelligence was diverted away from academia to the ring.Read more ›
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Great and fast service and this book is just brilliant. I am HUGE boxing fan and was always a big fan of watching Joe and this book does not disapoint. Joe really was a special talent and I feel he is very underrated in the boxing world and does not get enough credit for what he achieved in the ring. LEGEND!! I would highly recommend this to any boxing fan.

SUPER JOE CALZAGHE 46-0
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Format: Hardcover
Great book, well written giving valuable insight and taking you on the journey through Calzaghe's career. Any boxing fan should make this a must read. To overcome the problems with his hands and apparent bad management decisions at the start of his career yet end up as an undefeated champion (and the first super middleweight boxer to win the prized belt awarded by The Ring in the division's near 20-year history) tells you something about the man.
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This is without doubt one of the most entertaining and thoroughly enjoyable sports bio's i have read. Numerous stories during the book make you laugh, in particular the various spats between Joe and Enzo. Most notably when his dad parked 2 miles away from the weigh-in to avoid paying to park!!! Also, this book gives a great insight into Joe himself and honestly appraises his career and feelings prior to the big fights.
My favourite sports book of all time is Donald McCreas Dark Trade and i found 'No Ordinary Joe' is not far behind. Very well written and easy to read, so much so that i finished it in 2 days on holiday earlier this year.
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I've just finished reading this book in about two evenings, which just goes to show what an easy read it is.

At 272 pages, split down into 12 'rounds', 'No Ordinary Joe' lets you into the mind and life of the man who is considered the best pound-for-pound British boxer for decades. From birth and settling in Wales, to his amateur days (crying whenever he lost), onto his professional debut and his unbeaten record, this book offers you the chance to walk alongside Joe Calzaghe.

The book reveals the full extent of the hand injury which kept him from fighting just a handful (excuse the pun) of times during his career. Through anecdotes such as these, you realise the true closeness that Joe shares with his trainer, father and closest friend Enzo.

The book does labour a lot over specific fights, but you can hardly blame Joe for writing about the events which have made him a comfortable living and as close to a household name as a laid back young man from Wales can be. Nonetheless, it's intriguing to read about his very specific methodology which he follows fight-after-fight. Not to mention the way his personal life - such as his divorce from his first wife - has had an effect on his training, but an effect which he has had to sweep aside in order to maintain his Champion status.

The book opens and closes with words from some of Joe's heroes, friends and adversaries, leaving no doubt in anybody's mind: this Welshman is No Ordinary Joe.
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Format: Paperback
I was fortunate enough to get to watch Calzaghe fight live, against Mikkel Kessler, in Cardiff Millenium Stadium. I followed him throughout his career and can honestly say he was the most amazing fighter. I believe that his record places him among the very best to have ever graced the sport. The ferocity in how he attacked Kessler and the grace about which he danced the ring, were truly a sight to behold. Joe’s autobiography is an outstanding read. Here we have a legend in his own words. The early years of his fighting career demonstrates how difficult a ladder he had to climb. His training regime was immense and the dedication his father showed him is a tale unto itself. Aside from the boxing and sport side of the book, it is a great story about the relationship between a loving father and a caring and obedient son. Enzo Calzaghe is as much to credit for Joe’s wonderful career, as the great fighter is himself. I found it really bizarre how Joe was overlooked by the national squad early on and denied the opportunity to represent at the Olympics. It also shocked me how meagre his wages were right up until the latter stages of his career. When you hear of the immense purses available in the sport today, you get the impression that boxing is very lucrative. Joe was world championship material and was still struggling to make ends meet and finance a humble mortgage. It was a shame for me, that the book ended where it did, as it doesn’t cover the final few years of his career, when he really hit the very top and started to get the true recognition he warranted. It would be nice if he one day adds a further few chapters to cover complete the story. Joe comes across as a humble man and his modest upbringing in South Wales and really basic training setup, make his rise to success even more outstanding.Read more ›
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