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MAX SCHMELING

MAX SCHMELING

‘I would not like to be remembered as someone who amounted to do so much as an athlete, but who was good for nothing as a person. I couldn't stand that.’ Max Schmeling Maximilian Adolph Otto S...

THE AMBLING ALP - PRIMO CARNERA

THE AMBLING ALP - PRIMO CARNERA

When Carnera won the title, there were celebrations everywhere. It gave every Italian a sense of pride and hope.’ Rocky Marciano Primo Carnera stood a touch under 6ft 6inches, fought at around 1...

IMPECKABLE - FILMMAKER RON PECK

IMPECKABLE - FILMMAKER RON PECK

“Ron Peck had a lovely, natural laugh and could get in with anybody. He was so empathetic and he could sit down with anyone from any walk of life, and I can’t think of anyone who didn’t welcome h...

NEWPORT'S ROCKY - DAVID 'BOMBER' PEARCE

NEWPORT'S ROCKY - DAVID 'BOMBER' PEARCE

“David was an inspiration for me, not only as a boxer, but in life. My determination to create his legacy after he died has helped me also, because I’ve gone from being a guardsman all the way to ...

KEN BUCHANAN - THE FIGHTING CARPENTER

KEN BUCHANAN - THE FIGHTING CARPENTER

Born on 28 June 1945, Ken Buchanan was brought up in suburban Edinburgh, on a housing estate called Northfield. Bullied as a kid, he begged his dad to box and shortly after had his wish granted as ...

THE INVINCIBLE EAGLE - THE SALVADOR SÁNCHEZ STORY

THE INVINCIBLE EAGLE - THE SALVADOR SÁNCHEZ STORY

By Paul Zanon“He’s one of the few fighters who is able to hurt his opponent and get rid of them.”Sugar Ray Leonard on SánchezSalvador Sánchez Narváez turned professional at the age 16 after only ni...

JOHNNY FAMECHON - THE ARTFUL DODGER

JOHNNY FAMECHON - THE ARTFUL DODGER

Jean Pierre Famechon, or ‘Fammo,’ as he was known by most of the punching population of Australia, was born to French parents Antoinette and Andre on 28 March 1945, in Paris. At the age of five hi...

NICOLINO LOCCHE - THE UNTOUCHABLE

NICOLINO LOCCHE - THE UNTOUCHABLE

In 136 fights, Nicolino Locche only lost four. The late, great Ray Arcel once said Locche was the best defensive boxer he’d ever seen in action. Even if we left the story right there, that would be...

WILLIE THE WISP

WILLIE THE WISP

‘Spaghetti and meatballs killed more Italians than all the wars.’ In 241 fights, William Guglielmo Papaleo lost 11 bouts, boxed 1,956 rounds, racked up 65 stoppages and is engrained in history as a...

HURRICANE ALLY - THE RUBIN CARTER STORY

HURRICANE ALLY - THE RUBIN CARTER STORY

BVB writer Paul Zanon has been working with prisoners at HMP Thameside nurturing their writing talents. We're delighted to support his efforts by donating a prize to the winner of a competition Pau...

THE HAMMER OF THOR - INGEMAR JOHANSSON

THE HAMMER OF THOR - INGEMAR JOHANSSON

By Paul Zanon PATTERSON PULVERISED. JOHANSSON WINS WORLD HEAVYWEIGHT WORLD TITLE Boxing News, July 1959   Sweden’s world heavyweight champion was born in Gothenburg on 22 September 1932. Son to Je...

'THE NIGHT TRAIN' SONNY LISTON

'THE NIGHT TRAIN' SONNY LISTON

By Paul Zanon‘A boxing match is like a cowboy movie. There’s got to be good guys and there’s got to be bad guys. And that’s what people pay for – to see the bad guys get beat.’The ‘Phantom Punch,’ ...

THE UPSTATE ONION FARMER - CARMEN BASILIO

THE UPSTATE ONION FARMER - CARMEN BASILIO

By Paul Zanon‘I can’t concentrate on golf or bowling. Those bowling pins aren’t going to hurt me. I can concentrate in the ring because someone is trying to kill me.’Carmen BasilioRecords tell you ...