In every city and town, there are men who have earned notoriety with their fists. Hardmen, bouncers, bareknuckle brawlers and enforcers, they are throwbacks to an age when disputes when settled in blood.
In this revealing book, Julian Davies interviews two dozen of the toughest streetfighters alive, from gypsy prize-fighting champions to martial arts experts, to lift the lid on their brutal world of violence, honour and respect. He uncovers a harrowing world of bloody gang fights, brutal reprisals, pub brawls and even deaths, in the fighters’ own words.
With head, fists or feet, these are the hardest men around.
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Good book with some hard individuals but I can’t help but think the book could do with some organising as I think Ernie Berwick should have be first as he came across genuine, he wasn’t trying to big himself up as an invincible fighter, he explained he felt pain and nerves but also you get the sense he genuinely is the hardest man around back in his day but understands that education is far more important than fighting and crime.
I couldn't finish the book because I was sick of reading the same things over and over again. Self bravado nonsense. All the stories start with deprived childhoods which in turn lead to a boxing gym, then inevitably working the door. Glorifying the size of the opponent by saying they are rugby players is not needed. I got the impression most of the stories are made up, and most certainly exaggerated.