Book review: The Tartan Legend


A hugely enlightening, entertaining and idiosyncratic autobiography from the UK’s finest lightweight since Freddie Welsh and one of the country’s all-time greats.

Read this if you want the story of a British fighter who did it the hard way, taking on all comers at all venues.

Some great Welsh-interest angles with Buchanan’s take on Eddie Thomas as a trainer and promoter, and on Thomas’s famous corner work in the Scot’s first world title defence against Ismael Laguna. In the Madison Square Garden bout, Thomas had to slit a lump under Buchanan’s eye with a razor blade.

Thomas’s corner work was the inspiration for one of the most famous scenes in theĀ Rocky movie.

The bitterness Buchanan still feels from the loss of his world title to Roberto Duran still resounds. The chapter where the then-50-year-old Scot jacked in his job as a joiner in Edinburgh to spend two weeks trawling the bars of Harlem looking for a rematch with Duran is not to be missed!

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