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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.

Chapters:
00:00 Trailer.
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.

Notes:
Frank Bruno website
https://www.frankbruno.co.uk/
The Frank Bruno Foundation
https://www.thefrankbrunofoundation.co.uk/
Frank Bruno on Facebook
https://en-gb.facebook.com/frankbrunoboxer/
Frank Bruno on YouTube
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N3tGBgZJn2M
Frank Bruno on Twitter
https://twitter.com/frankbrunoboxer?ref_src=twsrc%5Egoogle%7Ctwcamp%5Eserp%7Ctwgr%5Eauthor
Frank Bruno on Instagram
https://www.instagram.com/frankbrunoboxer/?hl=en
Frank Bruno on Wikipedia
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frank_Bruno

Frank Bruno’s Books:
Let Me Be Frank
https://www.amazon.co.uk/Let-Me-Be-Frank-Bruno/dp/1907324712
Frank: Fighting Back
https://www.amazon.co.uk/Frank-Fighting-Back-Bruno/dp/0224077767/ref=pd_lpo_sbs_14_img_1?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1&refRID=GQS7DGFTWSJMK300XTAY

Topics discussed:
Earlsfield Amateur Boxing Club
http://www.earlsfieldabc.org.uk/node/34
Gleason’s Gym
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gleason%27s_Gym
Bipolar disorder
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bipolar_disorder
Bashment
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bashment
Reggae
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reggae
Lovers rock
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lovers_rock
Opera
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Opera
Funky house
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Funky_house
Ministry of Sound
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ministry_of_Sound
Piers Morgan Life Stories with Frank Bruno
https://two-movies.net/watch_episode/Piers_Morgans_Life_Stories/7/2/

People mentioned in this episode:
Bruce Lee
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bruce_Lee
Nigel Benn
https://londonreal.tv/e/nigel-benn-the-dark-destroyer/
James Smith (boxer)
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_Smith_(boxer)
Frank Warren (promoter)
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frank_Warren_(promoter)
Don King (boxing promoter)
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Don_King_(boxing_promoter)
Lennox Lewis
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lennox_Lewis
Oliver McCall
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oliver_McCall
Terry Lawless
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Terry_Lawless
Mickey Duff
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mickey_Duff
Mike Barrett
http://www.heraldscotland.com/opinion/13034851.Mike_Barrett/
Chris Eubank
https://londonreal.tv/e/chris-eubank-english/
Clinton McKenzie
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clinton_McKenzie
Barry McGuigan
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Barry_McGuigan
Charlie Magri
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charlie_Magri
Maurice Hope
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maurice_Hope
Peter Batt
https://www.sportsjournalists.co.uk/the-giller-memorandum/peter-batt-sportswriter-and-eastenders-scriptwriter-has-died/
Mike Tyson
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mike_Tyson
Cus D’Amato
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cus_D%27Amato
Jarvis Astaire
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jarvis_Astaire
Johnny Bos
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Johnny_Bos
Rocky Marciano
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rocky_Marciano
Tracey Crouch
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tracey_Crouch
Chris Eubank Jr.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chris_Eubank_Jr.
Conor Benn
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Conor_Benn
Anthony Joshua
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anthony_Joshua
David Haye
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_Haye
Wladimir Klitschko
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wladimir_Klitschko
Dereck Chisora
https://londonreal.tv/e/dereck-chisora-all-about-the-green/
Tyson Fury
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tyson_Fury
Conor McGregor
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Conor_McGregor
Floyd Mayweather Jr.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Floyd_Mayweather_Jr.
Harry Carpenter
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harry_Carpenter
Prince (musician)
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prince_(musician)
George Michael
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_Michael
Sting (musician)
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sting_(musician)
Bob Marley
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bob_Marley
Beenie Man
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beenie_Man
Ninjaman
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ninjaman
Frank Sinatra
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frank_Sinatra
Luciano Pavarotti
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Luciano_Pavarotti
Goldie
https://londonreal.tv/e/goldie/
Oasis (band)
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oasis_(band)
Donald Trump
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Donald_Trump
Piers Morgan
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Piers_Morgan

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wild53pete982
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wild53pete982

he would have the perfect full, deep voice for singing….blues maybe…..

Seamus
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I heard Frank trained very, very hard. All jokes aside, probably the best Frank Bruno interview I’ve ever watched.

truth
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truth

Why not get a Predictive Homeopath from india on your show? It’s replaced allopathy in India and people are cured of serious illnesses but western media never reports about this.

Mjk16529
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Mjk16529

Wonderful man who gives you a positive sense on life and the reflections from life…

Wayne
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Frank Bruno is an incredible man and a wonderful mentor for young men who,may have had a poor start in life.

MSG
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Great episode what a gentleman and all round great guy

arashthoughts512
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arashthoughts512

Great in depth interview. Looking forward to meeting Frank on Tuesday in Birmingham.

Jenny Mayola
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Jenny Mayola

Glad you enjoyed the episode! 🙂

kevinorlandoettienne184
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kevinorlandoettienne184

amazing interview

Jenny Mayola
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Jenny Mayola

I totally agree! 🙂

prsummers8
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prsummers8

Interesting interview. Not an easy one, but respect for Frank. He has a powerful presence.

Jenny Mayola
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Jenny Mayola

Thanks for sharing your thoughts. 🙂

Love Rocket
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Love Rocket

What an amazing guy, “I am famous, and ” if a dog bits me it will hurt.
Humble and great all in one
Great chat

Jenny Mayola
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Jenny Mayola

Indeed. A down to earth guy. 🙂

Grant Stewart
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Really enjoyed this. Nice to see Frank healthy and moving forward again.

Jenny Mayola
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Jenny Mayola

So glad you enjoyed this episode Grant! 🙂

asmithy52511
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asmithy52511

Frank Bruno. “Legend”. Thank you for sharing yourself and speaking up for mental health and the unfortunate endemic problems that run throughout the system. It’s a shame that the good work that gets done by good people gets lost behind the flawed smoke screen of unaccountability and poor management.
Thank you for giving us years of thrilling fights

william worters
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thank you brian frank and the whole crew for putting this great show together love frank the man is a legend and a tremendous human being

Jenny Mayola
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Jenny Mayola

Will pass your lovely compliment to the whole team. Thanks Willian! 🙂

Mark Smith
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Franks a true Gent, good to see that he is keeping well!

Nick Clifford
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Thanks for giving Frank some airtime Brian 🙂

Jenny Mayola
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Jenny Mayola

Glad you enjoyed the episode Nick! 😉