Ben Calder-Smith travelled around the UK for 18 months meeting and interviewing a broad cross-section of former fighters and boxing personalities. He now presents the stories of huge forgotten talents, coulda-been contenders and men who established a foothold in British boxing history, highlighting the highs and lows of their careers in and out of the ring.
All sports fans will be touched by the resilience and resurgence of men facing seemingly insurmountable hurdles. Ungloved is a unique and highly emotive insight into the careers of fighters who could and should have achieved more.
Among the featured fighters:
Rod Douglas: Defeating exceptional future world champions and winning four ABA titles as an amateur, Douglas turned professional and showed explosive potential. Suffering life-threatening injuries in 1989, he retired. His subsequent recovery complete, his warrior spirit has proved indomitable.
Horace Notice: A dominant 80s British champion, the world's governing bodies had to take notice. His potential seemed unlimited and world title contention appeared imminent. Cruelly, fate would intervene. A genuine 'what if?'
David O'Callaghan: The medical machinations involved in preparing the boxers for their moments amidst the roaring crowds and under the bright lights are laid bare by this highly reputable BBBofC registered doctor.
Jim McDonnell: The former European champion who retired one legend to challenge another. Refusing to challenge anyone but the very best, his story should be read by all aspiring professionals.
Click here for more information, or to read a free sample from Ungloved:
Memories from the Ring.