Frank Bruno – British Boxing Legend
Frank Bruno is the former British heavyweight world champion boxer.
He is known for his incredible punching power, Frank have a total of 40 wins under your belt, 38 by way of knockout. He fought Lennox Lewis for the title and had two epic bouts with Mike Tyson, the second one ending his career.
Frank Bruno is one of the most well loved and recognisable boxers in Britain and his life and struggles with mental health have been highly publicised in the media.
In his new book ‘Let Me Be Frank’, he open up about living with bipolar disorder in the hope of taking away some of the stigma attached to the illness.
02:38 Brian’s thoughts on the episode.
04:57 Brian’s introduction.
05:36 London born countryside lover.
06:16 Learning respect for elders, manners, discipline and focus.
07:13 Why Frank was sent to borstal aged 12.
09:54 Why he decided to get into boxing and how he developed in the sport.
11:30 What made Frank a very good boxer.
12:06 Frank might have been a Pentecostal priest.
13:28 Losing his father at an early age.
14:19 Frank won his first 21 fights but with so much still to learn in order to survive.
17:16 Memories of winning the 1995 world championship having learnt from the losses.
20:06 Blood boxing is a business: who and what helped Frank achieve his ambition.
21:52 The unbelievable boxing scene of the 1980s.
23:20 Why Frank doesn’t class himself as famous.
24:57 Early memories of sparring with Mike Tyson.
27:20 In praise of Cus D’Amato.
32:00 The two fights with Mike Tyson.
35:51 The fight with Lennox Lewis.
36:40 Moving on from losing a fight.
37:29 How he would have felt if he had not won the world championship.
37:58 How difficult it was to retire and deal with life afterwards.
41:01 Coping strategies for dealing with his Bipolar disorder.
42:50 Being sectioned having a bad experience of medication.
45:39 Setting up the Frank Bruno Foundation and the need for investigation into drug use and side effects.
52:15 Practising yoga.
52:58 Sectioned for the second time ten years later.
55:54 What Frank hopes people take from his new book “Let Me Be Frank”.
58:59 Frank is looking forward to becoming a grandfather.
59:31 What Frank thinks of the game of boxing today with Joshua, Haye, Fury and Chisora
1:06:24 The MMA and boxing cross-over fight between Floyd Mayweather v Conor McGregor.
1:09:09 The British public’s love for Frank.
1:09:54 Success secrets.
1:10:39 Frank has learnt from so many in the past and continues to be open to enlightening and empowering himself.
1:11:37 The best day of Frank’s life.
1:12:12 What keeps him awake at night question prompts that famous laugh.
1:12:41 What scares Frank.
1:12:55 Frank reveals a frustrated passion.
1:15:46 Frank recalls Donald Trump’s long association with boxing.
1:16:50 Don King the boxing promoter was no “puddy cat”.
1:17:55 Frank has watched London Real.
1:19:11 Phone call to the 20-year old Frank Bruno.
1:20:43 Best advice ever received.
1:22:08 Advice to young people wanting to improve their life or the world in which they live.
1:24:22 Brian’s praise for new book “Let Me Be Frank” and its encouragement for adopting a questioning attitude.
1:26:46 Brian’s summing up.
Frank Bruno website
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Frank Bruno on Wikipedia
Frank Bruno’s Books:
Let Me Be Frank
Frank: Fighting Back
Earlsfield Amateur Boxing Club
Ministry of Sound
Piers Morgan Life Stories with Frank Bruno
People mentioned in this episode:
James Smith (boxer)
Frank Warren (promoter)
Don King (boxing promoter)
Chris Eubank Jr.
Floyd Mayweather Jr.