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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.


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 Chisora1:06:24 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.


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