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  • Published: 1 February 2011
  • ISBN: 9781409064527
  • Imprint: Cornerstone Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 368
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No Ordinary Joe




The autobiography of the greatest British boxer of all time

IT WAS past three o'clock in the morning when Joe Calzaghe experienced the sweetest validation of his professional life. Victory over Jeff Lacy, a 28-year-old American compared to a young Mike Tyson because of his power and "take-no-prisoners attitude", left no one in doubt about the world super middleweight champion's talent.

For years, Calzaghe's virtuosity remained a legend of the Welsh valleys. His defeat in 1997 of Chris Eubank brought him to prominence, winning for him the World Boxing Organisation (WBO) super middleweight title. But despite a record number of defences of the belt, his career lacked a defining contest. A long line of challengers and ex-titleholders were disposed of but the biggest names in American boxing avoided the ultimate showdown he craved. Hand injuries further obscured the true level of his aptitude for an art he began to learn from his father, Enzo, at the age of eight when - inspired by Sugar Ray Leonard - a rolled-up carpet in the family home in Newbridge became a makeshift heavy bag.

This is the story of Calzaghe's extraordinary life, from his humble beginnings in his hometown of Newbridge, to his ascent to personal greatness, becoming the first super middleweight boxer to win the prized belt awarded by The Ring, the bible of boxing, in the division's near 20-year history.

One of Britain's foremost sporting champions, a warrior and working-class hero, this is the story of the triumphs and trials that made Calzaghe a legend.

  • Published: 1 February 2011
  • ISBN: 9781409064527
  • Imprint: Cornerstone Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 368
Categories:

About the author

Joe Calzaghe

JOE CALZAGHE, winner of three consecutive ABA titles as an amateur (a post-war record) and the dominant super middleweight in the world for the past decade, was born in 1972 in Hammersmith, London, growing up from the age of two in Newbridge, Wales. After 22 fights unbeaten he successfully challenged Chris Eubank for the WBO title, before defending successfully against a host of other ex title holders before beating Jeff Lacy to cement his pre-eminent status. He has two sons, Joe and Connor, and lives in Cwmbran.

Praise for No Ordinary Joe

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

A revelatory example of how even the most accomplished of champions constantly battle to mask a troubled soul ... it is a highly readable account of the sacrifices required to really create a champion, in which Calzaghe, the man, comes across engagingly.

Derby Evening Telegraph

His book is not only the day to day battle with the boredom of training, finding the courage to go one step beyond and an utter dedication to a dream, it is also a tribute to the strength that can be found within a loving family

Sunday Express

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

Daily Sport

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