10th October 2012

The Truth behind the legendary father/Son partnership which dominated the Boxing World. 

Enzo Calzaghe: A Fighting Life
Publication date: 18th October 2012 

“Enzo Calzaghe is a boxing man through and through. He proved that a trainer and boxer relationship between a father and son really does and can work. Along with training a host of other champions, he will probably be remembered for training and producing arguably Britain’s greatest ever boxer” – Ricky Hatton

“I owe everything to my dad. My boxing style, my motivational style, everything about the success I have had, is directly related to my dad.” – Joe Calzaghe

He is the genius behind the genius. With no previous boxing experience, Enzo Calzaghe turned his son Joe into one of the top ten boxers on the planet – a World Champion with a record of 46 unbeaten fights. Now Enzo tells the extraordinary, behind-the-scenes story of his own flamboyant career and the making of a fight legend in his autobiography, Enzo Calzaghe – A Fighting Life published next week.

But it’s much more than a round-by-round tale of ropes and gloves, and grit and glory. For the first time Enzo opens the family album and discloses intimate details of his bruising upbringing in Sardinia, where the Mafia lurked on every corner and his father practised ‘tough love’. Here Enzo candidly reveals all about:

    –    running with criminal gangs in Sardinia;
    –    taking drugs and sleeping rough in Amsterdam;
    –    hitch-hiking and busking across Europe;
    –    how he arrived unceremoniously in England as a stowaway in a tomato boat;
    –    stealing from his employers at the cafe he worked at;
    –    finding the love of his life;
    –    how both father and son suffered at the hands of school bullies;
    –    becoming a backing guitarist for stars such as Shirley Bassey and Bucks Fizz.

But just as the pop group he formed with his brothers was finally getting noticed – with a record deal on the cards and a dream trip to America planned – Enzo gave it all up to concentrate his efforts on training his young son Joe to be a world-class boxer. 

Father and Son – Trainer and Boxer
They said it would never work. How could a father possibly put aside feelings for his son and focus on getting the very best out of him as his trainer?

In the book, Enzo talks openly about the difficulties he faced, most notably when he took the difficult decision to persuade Joe not to drop out of the planned fight against Jeff Lacy – despite the fact Joe would have to fight on with a broken wrist. 

“You want to protect your child, it’s instinctive. But my boy was going to fight a guy everyone said was a monster. What sort of sadistic bastard of a father wouldn’t pull his kid out of danger if that was what he wanted? But I stuck to my first instinct which was that the fight had to go ahead.”  

Not only does Enzo Calzaghe – A Fighting Life provide a unique insight into the father and son relationship that conquered boxing, but also shows how the heart and determination of one self-made man serves as an example for anyone who craves success and is prepared to overcome near-impossible odds to achieve it. ‘I’m a life fighter,’ he says. This book proves it. 

“My message to you is that Enzo Calzaghe is completely unique. He doesn’t conform to convention in any way imaginable and he is consumed with enthusiasm for life … He is my hero. He’s not just a great father or trainer even though he is both of those. He is an inspirational person and I owe him everything.” – Joe Calzaghe says of Enzo in his foreword to the book: 

Diary Date: Thursday 18th October, 12 noon, Waterstones in Cardiff
Book Launch and Signing with both Enzo and Joe Calzaghe
 

Enzo Calzaghe: A Fighting Life by Enzo Calzaghe with Michael Pearlman published by Great Northern Books, 18th October 2012, £18. Hardback, 288 pages, ISBN: 9781905080533. To order a copy phone 01274 735056 or visit the website at www.greatnorthernbooks.co.uk
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