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Born Fighter - Dave Hazard

John Blake, 2007, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Price Clipped. Gently bruised at the head of the spine and the top corners of the boards with commensurate wear to the dust wrapper. Light scratch to the lower panel. Previous owners' inscription to the pastedown.

Illustrated by way of: Black & White Photographs; Colour Photographs;

From the cover: “I pulled open the door to the phone box and, as I’d hoped, the loony spun round. I didn’t say a word, I just unleashed a corker of a right hand — BANG! — which caught him flush on the jaw. It was as close to being a perfect punch as I’ve ever thrown. When I felt it land, I thought to myself, Game over! Now I’m going home to finish my brandy.

Meet Dave Hazard. He’s a world class martial artist — a 7th dan black belt in Shotokan karate — who is as respected in the tough streets, bars and clubs of the East End of London as he is in the best karate dojo in Japan, fighting among some of the most skilled practitioners of martial arts in the world. His reputation is legendary.

He’s faced down many tough challenges as a street fighter but also as a mentor and teacher. And as a member of the Great Britain karate team, Dave fought for his country, facing some of the world’s leading martial artists in both competition and the highly dangerous and demanding sparring of the dojo, where no rules apply…

Born into a harsh world which demanded that you learn how to look after yourself and those around you — where your word was your bond and villains used guns not just their bare fists — Dave Hazard grew into a complex and extraordinary man. The ups and downs of his remarkable life, and the challenges he’s overcome throughout it, prove he is truly a force to be reckoned with — a living embodiment of the power of the mind as well as the fist.

Born Fighter is his humorous, insightful, inspiring, violent and occasionally tragic story. Above all else, it is unflinchingly honest — and, through this honesty, we are reminded that the greatest battle we all face is with ourselves.”

Size: 9½" x 6¼". Black boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 289 pages.

This one has already found a new owner.