Brendan Ingle might have added that skinny Johnny Nelson, from the wrong side of Sheffield, was also the least likely to succeed. But Nelson had a stubborn streak. Determined not to let his earlier failures stop him, he went into exile, taking fights all over the world to learn his craft. Finally – nine years after being booed out of the ring – he earned the respect of everyone.
Johnny Nelson’s story appeals not only to fight fans but also to anyone who appreciates a straightforward, honest account of overcoming personal fears and terrible setbacks to become the best in the world.