Bruno and Lewis: The Boxing Years

Author(s): Ralph Oates 

ISBN: 9781781555903
£11.89 £16.99
An account of two British fighters on a mission to win the world heavyweight championship.

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  • Lennox Lewis became the first British heavyweight boxer to hold the world heavyweight title since Bob Fitzsimmons who reigned from 1897-1899

  • Lennox Lewis and Frank Bruno made history in 1993 by being the first Britons to meet each other for a version of the world heavyweight title

  • Frank Bruno won the WBC heavyweight title by outpointing holder Oliver McCall over twelve rounds

  • Lennox Lewis in defence of his WBC, IBF and IBO heavyweight titles knocked-out Mike Tyson in round eight

For all the heroism of British fighters, every tilt at the heavyweight title since 1899 had met with failure. Many fans had arrived at the depressing conclusion that they would never see another Briton crowned. However, such despair was challenged by the arrival of Frank Bruno and Lennox Lewis.

Frank Bruno had to battle through a potentially career-ending sight problem before he had even stepped into the ring. Once inside though, the power in his punches had the public wondering if the popular challenger was a potential world champion. When he was later joined by 1988 Olympic super-heavyweight gold-medal winner Lennox Lewis, dreams of British world heavyweight success suddenly looked to be more than mere hope and fantasy.

Bruno and Lewis: The Boxing Years is the account of how these two fighters changed the face of British heavyweight boxing on a global stage. The journeys of Bruno and Lewis to the world heavyweight crowns are explored through the insight of a leading boxing historian Ralph Oates, who analyses their triumphs, setbacks, and adversaries.

BOOK ISBN 9781781555903
FORMAT 234 x 156 mm
BINDING Paperback
PAGES 176 pages
ILLUSTRATIONS 26 colour and 16 black-and-white photographs



Ralph Oates is a former amateur boxer and a leading boxing historian. Oates is the author of ten books on boxing, has contributed articles and quizzes for The British Boxing Board of Control Boxing Yearbook, acted as a boxing consultant for the Guinness World Records and produced question lists for a major television quiz show on two occasions. Oates previously had his own weekly column in an Essex newspaper entitled ‘Boxing Corner’, which ran for three years and a further column, ‘Short Jabs’, which appeared in a Norfolk newspaper. His first book for Fonthill Media is Bruno and Lewis: The Boxing Years (2017) followed by A Round of Boxing: A Trip Through Time (2019).