Few sports polarize public opinion as boxing does. Some contend that it is repugnant and barbaric while others counter that it is a legitimate and regulated contest of skill, strength and will-power. What cannot be denied is that the fight game has produced some of sport's greatest icons. The few at the very top can make fortunes. Many more are content to earn a decent living or at least supplement their income from the ring. "Fighting Chance" gets to close quarters with those involved in every day British boxing. It goes behind the scenes at shows and into gyms to meet starry-eyed young men dreaming of world titles, hard-nosed pros surviving another pay day and veteran trainers who have seen it all and sometimes wish they hadn't. They say this brutal trade provides them with an escape from a life of crime and drugs and an opportunity to find self-respect. All recognize the possible cost but maintain it is a risk worth taking. Some never rid themselves of the demons and reveal all here.
Derrick Allsop has been a sportswriter for more than 30 years. He has covered many major sporting events , including World Cup championships, the Open and Formula One World Championships. Among his previous books are Reliving the Dream, Kicking in the Wind, Formula One Uncovered and The Real McRae.