The TOP 10 KNOCKOUTS from the ‘Peoples Champion’ FRANK BRUNO. 10 thunderous knockouts from one of UK’s favourite fighters. Video by EditinKing

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Frank became a professional boxer in 1982, starting with 21 consecutive wins by knockout.

THE EARLY DAYS

Growing up with five brothers and sisters in a terraced London house, Frank started at age 9 at the local Wandsworth Boys Club.  He learned to box seriously while at Oak Hall School in Sussex, an establishment for ‘problem’ children.

As an amateur boxer he amassed a 20-1 career, losing only to (and eventually beating) Joe Christie while representing the Philip Game Amateur Boxing Club.  His amateur career culminated with Frank boxing for Young England and becoming the youngest ever Amateur British Champion at 18 years of age. He became a professional boxer in 1982, starting with 21 consecutive wins by knockout.

Great Britain hadn’t produced a World Champion in the Heavyweight division yet in the 20th century, but whispers started suggesting that this big lad from South London could be Britain’s next hopeful.  There were a few years to wait yet.  

PROFESSIONAL CAREER

In March 1984, at Wembley Stadium, American future world Heavyweight champion James ‘Bonecrusher’ Smith, then a boxing journeyman, defeated Frank by knockout in the tenth and final round of their bout, with Frank leading on all three judges’ cards.  This would not be the last time Frank went on to lose a contest he had been clearly winning, and would have emerged victorious had he survived the final bell.

Frank got back into title contention with wins over the likes of former WBA champion Gerrie Coetzee on 4 March, 1986 at Wembley by knockout in round one.

In July 1986 he challenged Tim Witherspoon for WBA World Heavyweight Championship.  After once again leading on the cards for most of the fight, he was defeated by knockout in round eleven.  The media commented that Frank appeared to be laid back when he could and maybe should have had the opportunity to go for the knockout.  Frank says “on the night Witherspoon was a better boxer and my head got in the way of Witherspoon’s fists!” 

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In 1989, Frank challenged Mike Tyson for the unified world Heavyweight title in Las Vegas.  Although not winning, it was fair to say the whole of the UK was willing Frank on!

Frank kept winning fights, helping him to retain his spot as one of the world’s leading Heavyweights. 

In 1994 Oliver McCall, after beating Lennox Lewis and Larry Holmes, came to England to defend the WBC title against Frank. 

On 2 September 1995 Bruno finally became World Champion by outpointing McCall over twelve rounds.  The whole of the UK hailed Frank as King Broooono!!  A tour through London with the winning belt on an open top bus drew hundreds of thousands of fans to cheer and wave at Frank.

CAREER SUMMARY – 40 WINS – 5 LOSSES

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FIGHT RECORD – 40 WINS 5 LOSSES

  • 16/03/96 vs Mike Tyson (USA) – Las Vegas – Lost, ref stopped fight in round 3
  • 03/09/95 vs Oliver McCall (USA) – Wembley – Won, points in round 12
  • 02/09/95 vs Mike Evans (USA) – Wembley – Won, points in round 10
  • 18/02/95 vs Rodolfo Marin (Puerto Rico) – Shepton Mallett – Won, ref stopped fight in round 1
  • 16/03/94 vs Jesse Ferguson (USA) – Birmingham – Won, ref stopped fight in round 1
  • 01/10/93 vs Lennox Lewis (GB/Canada) – Cardiff – Lost, ref stopped fight in round 10
  • 24/04/93 vs Carl Williams (USA) – NEC Birmingham – Won, ref stopped fight in round 10
  • 17/10/92 vs Pierre Coetzer (South Africa) – Wembley – Won, ref stopped fight in round 8
  • 22/04/92 vs Jose Ribalta (Cuba) – Wembley – Won, knockout in round 2
  • 20/11/91 vs John Emmen (Holland) – Royal Albert Hall – Won, knockout in round 1
  • 25/02/89 vs Mike Tyson (USA) – Las Vegas – Lost, ref stopped fight in round 5
  • 24/10/87 vs Joe Bugner (Australia) – Tottenham – Won, ref stopped fight in round 8
  • 30/08/87 vs Reggie Cross (USA) – Marbella – Won, ref stopped fight in round 8
  • 27/06/87 vs Chuck Gardner (USA) – Cannes – Won, knockout in round 1
  • 24/03/87 vs James Tillis (USA) – Wembley – Won, ref stopped fight in round 5
  • 19/07/86 vs Tim Witherspoon (USA) – Wembley – Lost, ref stopped fight in round 11
  • 04/03/86 vs Gerrie Coetzee (South Africa) – Wembley – Won, knockout in round 1
  • 04/12/85 vs Larry Frazier (USA) – Royal Albert Hall – Won, knockout in round 2
  • 01/10/85 vs Anders Eklund – Wembley – Won, knockout in round 4
  • 26/03/85 vs Lucien Rodriguez – Wembley – Won, ref stopped fight in round 1
  • 27/11/84 vs Phil Brown – Wembley – Won, points in round 10
  • 06/11/84 vs Jeff Jordan – Royal Albert Hall – Won, ref stopped fight in round 3
  • 25/09/84 vs Ken Lakusta – Wembley – Won, knockout in round 2
  • 13/05//84 vs James (Bonecrusher) Smith – Wembley – Lost, knockout in round 10
  • 13/03/84 vs Juan Figueroa – Wembley – Won, knockout in round 1
  • 06/12/83 vs Walter Santemore – Royal Albert Hall – Won, knockout in round 4
  • 11/10/83 vs Floyd (Jumbo) Cunnings – Royal Albert Hall – Won, ref stopped fight in round 7
  • 27/09/83 vs Bill Sharkey – Wembley – Won, knockout in round 1
  • 09/07/83 vs Mike Jameson – Chicago – Won, knockout in round 2
  • 31/05/83 vs Barry Funches – Royal Albert Hall – Won, ref stopped fight in round 5
  • 03/05/83 vs Scott Ledoux – Wembley – Won, ref stopped fight in round 3
  • 05/04/83 vs Eddie Neilson – Royal Albert Hall – Won, ref stopped fight in round 3
  • 01/03/83 vs Winston Allen – Royal Albert Hall – Won, ref stopped fight in round 2
  • 08/02/83 vs Peter Mulendwa – Royal Albert Hall – Won, knockout in round 3
  • 18/01/83 vs Stewart Lithgo – Royal Albert Hall – Won, retired in round 4
  • 07/12/82 vs Giberto Acuna – Royal Albert Hall – Won, ref stopped fight in round 1
  • 23/11/82 vs George Butzbach – Wembley – Won, retired in round 1
  • 09/11/82 vs Rudy Gauwe – Royal Albert Hall – Won, knockout in round 2
  • 23/10/82 vs Ali Lukasa – Berlin – Won, knockout in round 2
  • 14/09/82 vs George Scott – Wembley – Won, ref stopped fight in round 1
  • 01/06/82 vs Tony Moore – Royal Albert Hall – Won, ref stopped fight in round 2
  • 04/05/82 vs Ron Gibbs – Wembley – Won, ref stopped fight in round 4
  • 20/04/82 vs Abdul Muhaymin – Royal Albert Hall, Won, knockout in round 1
  • 30/03/82 vs Harvey Steichen – Wembley – Won, ref stopped fight in round 2
  • 17/03/82 vs Lupe Guerra – Royal Albert Hall – Won, knockout in round 1

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