Fighting was my Business: Book review

A somewhat strange, old-fashioned book, presented as an autobiography but not delivering a convincing tone of voice to suggest that it was actually penned by the great Jimmy Wilde.

Moreover, it was written at a time when – as ‘Wilde’ admits in the book – the ‘Tylorstown Terror’ had been suffering from severe memory loss (a consequence of the last fights of his career) for at least the last 15 years.

Despite these major limitations, the book still has a quite remarkable tale to tell and forms a useful accompaniment to Wilde’s 1914 work “Hitting and Stopping“.

Whatever the limitations, no fan of Welsh boxing can afford to be ignorant of a book detailing the life of, arguably, the country’s finest boxer.


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2 Responses to Fighting was my Business: Book review

  1. Margaret Wilde (@brightgreenish) August 5, 2014 at 12:38 am #

    Does Fighting was my Business contain biographical details as well as details of his boxing career, please? – I am a relative of the late Jimmy Wilde so have a personal interest in this.

    • Danielle Wilde November 12, 2015 at 10:33 pm #

      I too am a relative of the great Jimmy Wilde, also making me a distant relative of your? I have read this book and it does tell you a lot about jimmy’s life, including his childhood! It was some years ago now that I read this but it was fascinating to read!

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