Johnny Owen statue in Merthyr Tydfil

Book review: The Big If

Rick Broadbent, The Big If: The Life and Death of Johnny Owen (Macmillan, London, 2006) An emotional and instructive journey through the Johnny Owen story. An unusual style, interspersing descriptions of individual rounds of the tragic Lupe Pintor fight with the story of Owen’s life. This can make the book somewhat disjointed, but it’s more […]

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Alexandra Road, Swansea (Photo: Pat Buchanan, Flickr)

Book review: Babyface Goes to Hollywood

Andrew Gallimore, Babyface Goes to Hollywood: Fighters, Mobsters & Film Stars. The Jimmy McLarnin Story(Dublin, 2009) Another entertaining read from the author of “Occupation Prizefighter: The Freddie Welsh story“. Gallimore tells the story of McLarnin, one of America’s great ‘Fighting Irishmen’ who made his name in the Depression.

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