Wild Thing

Wild Thing

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Everybody in the unlicensed fight game knows that only one man has the honour of being titled 'Guv'nor' - and that man is Lew 'Wild Thing' Yates. Yates began boxing at the age of six, and as an adult he was ruthless in pursuit of his dream of becoming world heavyweight champion. But when his licence was revoked following an assault on a referee, he turned to unlicensed boxing. By day, Yates pounded punchbags and the streets in an effort to reach the peak of physical fitness as he prepared for his epic battle with Roy 'Pretty Boy' Shaw. At night, he pounded gangsters and drug dealers foolish enough to take him on in the nightclubs where he worked. Wild Thing documents how Yates rose to the top of his bloody profession. When it comes to his fighting ability, he doesn't need to boast, brag or exaggerate. With Lew Yates, what you see is what you hope you're never going to get. This is his remarkable story.I didna#39;t know it at the time, but leaving St Helens, where Jean and I had been so happy, was going to prove to be one of the biggest mistakes of my life. ... Visions of me winning titles and earning vast amounts of money swirled through my head . ... Johnny was a big man, so I kept my distance in the first round. ... I could see that he had been shocked by the power of my punches. .... Every time a fight broke out, the hero would disappear into the toilets or go for a walk around the car park.

Title:Wild Thing
Author:Bernard O'Mahoney, Lew Yates
Publisher:Random House - 2011-04-15


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