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Hardcover / ISBN-13: 9781035413980

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An autobiographical white-knuckle ride around the global fight game by the legendary Steve Bunce: the voice of the sport who is celebrating four decades of writing and talking about boxers and boxing.

“This book captures the magic of the sport – the glory and the heartache.” Ricky Hatton

“Steve and I go way back, all the way back. He has been ringside at all my fights, from national amateurs all the way to Wembley stadium. He is the only reporter who could have ever got close to that lift in the Garden.” Anthony Joshua

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In Around the World in 80 Fights, let ‘the Voice of Boxing’ take you on the ultimate sporting odyssey: to the rings of New York, to the makeshift rings of Bukom in Ghana, to the riches of Las Vegas, and to Riyadh, Atlantic City, Bethnal Green, Mexico City, Rome and Berlin.

To the basement rooms in dingy pubs where old fighters chase the last round; a bullring in December under the stars; a small square on the outskirts of Naples with a ring obscured by a fountain; the abandoned centre of boxing excellence in a forest lost in East Germany; a railway arch in south London and a bin-bag packed with cash.

Let ‘Buncey’ tell you about the conversations with Mr. T at ringside; a meeting with the Pope’s people; the thoughts of Donald Trump when he had plans to make boxing great again; Don King in exile in his nineties; an overheard conversation with Fidel Castro; and a very real diplomatic incident.

The hard conversations with a dead boxer’s mother in the hour after a machine had been switched off. The bravery, stupidity, guts, desire and glory of the boxers in the world’s most famous and unknown rings. They fought for millions, for pride, for their country and for nothing. They bled, cried and died in those rings.

Around the World in 80 Fights vividly reveals the simple, wonderful and truly awful business of boxing. It is Buncey’s business and this is his story.

Reviews

Steve Bunce is the best boxing writer in the world. He knows everyone in the business. The man is a walking living encyclopedia!
Fred Sirieix
This book captures the magic of the sport - the glory and the heartache.
Ricky Hatton
Steve and I go way back, all the way back. He has been ringside at all my fights, from national amateurs all the way to Wembley stadium. He is the only reporter who could have ever got close to that lift in the Garden.
Anthony Joshua
No matter what fight it is, or what part of the world it's in Steve seems to be an ever present ringside at every boxing event! He has covered my career from amateur to pro and his love and enthusiasm for the sport is infectious.
Katie Taylor