Frank Bruno
British boxer
Frank Bruno
Franklin Roy "Frank" Bruno MBE is a British former boxer whose career highlight was winning the WBC heavyweight championship in 1995 (which he lost six months later in his first defence). Altogether, he won 40 of his 45 contests. Like Henry Cooper before him, Bruno has remained a popular celebrity with the British public since his ring career ended.
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Former world heavyweight champ Bruno denied unlikely ring return
Yahoo News - about 1 year
Former world heavyweight champion Frank Bruno's unexpected bid for a return to boxing was dashed on Monday after he was told his application for a licence would be declined. Bruno, who has not fought since being knocked out by Mike Tyson in 1996, had made the surprise announcement that he wanted to mount an unlikely comeback to help cope with the effects of the medication he takes for bipolar disorder. "They made me suicidal - mess up your head, mess up your clock - you can't sleep," Bruno said of the medication during an ITV interview.
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Win tickets to An Evening with Frank Bruno
The Citizen - over 3 years
Former Heavyweight champion boxer Frank Bruno is coming to the Village On The Green in Wigan on Friday 18th October, 2013. He will be talking about his life in and out of his boxing career and we have a pair of tickets for the event to give away. The prize includes a photo with Frank Bruno and a delicious three course meal followed by a talk from the former champion. Also on the night there will be a sports auction and entertainment. Franklyn Roy Bruno was born at Hammersmith Hospital in London. In 1989, Frank challenged Mike Tyson for the unified world Heavyweight title. After being shaken in the opening seconds, Frank finished the first round by rocking Tyson with a left hook. However, Tyson recovered and the referee stopped the contest in round five, with the British boxer taking heavy punishment on the ropes. Frank kept winning fights, helping him to retain his spot as one of the world's leading Heavyweights. In 1993 he had a third world title chance against a young Lennox Lewi ...
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Frank Bruno hospital knife attack sectioned twice
Daily Mail (UK) - over 4 years
On 22 September 2003, former boxing champion Frank Bruno was forcibly sectioned under the Mental Health Act.
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Obama-Romney Tied in Florida Poll
Bradenton Patch - over 4 years
A new Tampa Bay Times/Miami Herald/Bay News 9 poll finds Barack Obama and Mitt Romney essentially tied in America's biggest battleground state, with 46 percent of likely Florida voters supporting the president, 45 percent backing the former Massachusetts governor, and 2 percent behind Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson. Only 7 percent are undecided. "A coin toss," Mason-Dixon pollster Brad Coker said. "Typical Florida." Adding Marco Rubio to the Romney ticket would only marginally help Romney in must-win Florida. A Romney-Rubio ticket leads Obama-Joe Biden 46 percent to 45 percent in Florida. Florida Recount Predicted The New York Times' uber prognosticator, whose blog derives its name from the 2000 Recount, forecasts "Florida as close as can be. It projects the Nov. 6 result as Mr. Obama 49.5 percent, Mr. Romney 49.4 percent — an outcome that would be close enough to trigger another recount." Sen. Bill Nelson Ahead of Connie Mack Sen. Bill Nelson has a 47 ...
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Jamie McDonnell drops in on gym
Doncaster Free Press - over 4 years
The boxers of Round One Gym in Brodsworth received a boost when world title chasing Jamie McDonnell dropped in. McDonnell paid a visit to the gym along with Kevin Sanders who formerly trained Nigel Benn and Frank Bruno. Both men passed on their wisdom and put some of the young fighters through their paces. And it proved an enjoyable experience according to Round One head trainer Kev Burton. He said: “It was a real boost for the lads just to have Jamie come down, they really appreciated it. “They all couldn’t believe how down to earth he was and he took his time to talk to everyone. “It was great to have someone like Kevin come down as well and he seemed to be really impressed with the lads.” Round One has been in operation for more than a year and has gathered fighters from across Doncaster. Nine of the 12 bouts fought by boxers at the gym have been won while fighters Carl Spencer and Ben Bradford have recently signed pro forms.
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Vocal group opposes 'smart meters' for electricity in Volusia
The Daytona Beach News-Journal - almost 5 years
For power companies in Florida and across the country, millions of new "smart meters" that transmit electricity usage data over the airwaves are supposed to conserve energy and help build a better power grid. For a small but vocal group of people like Tom Gion of Ormond Beach, these meters -- about 200,000 of which are coming to Volusia County homes this summer -- are threatening the privacy, security and health of customers who were doing just fine with the old kind. The result: Volusia is joining several other counties asking regulators to make the devices optional, and Florida Power & Light is listening. "We're not saying we know all the answers, but boy, there's so many questions that need answering," said Gion, a member of the Volusia 9.12 Project, one of the many limited-government activist groups that have taken up the issue. "We don't trust the government, because they don't tell us the truth, and we don't trust the utilities because they're sort of an ...
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Former boxing champion Frank Bruno has found happiness with new love that brings a smile to his face
Daily Mail (UK) - almost 5 years
The former world champion is now dating Nina Coletta and the Scottish hairdresser has given him a new lease of life.
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Own goal? The Sun slammed for front page mocking Roy Hodgson's speech
The Drum - almost 5 years
The Sun newspaper, no stranger to controversial headlines, has come in for angry criticism on Twitter this morning for mocking Roy Hodgson's speech on its front page. A day after Hodgson was unveiled as the new England manager, The Sun today splashed on the headline: "Woy gets England job - Bwing on the Euwos! (We'll see you in Ukwaine against Fwance)." The crude headline was condemned by Twitter users including footballer Phil Neville and former Sun editor David Yelland. Everton captain Neville (@fizzer18) tweeted: "Have u seen front page of the sun this morning disgraceful journalism-what chance have we got!" Yelland (@davidyelland), who edited The Sun for five years, said: "So little compassion for Roy Hodgson today, bullying language, pointlessly cruel, pointlessly hurtful." His thoughts were echoed by BBC football commentator Jacqui Oatley (@JacquiOatley), who wrote: "Charming front page of the Sun. Hodgson has won 11 major titles/trophies, speaks 5 ...
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Bruno says it’s over to Champneys spa
Hemel Today - almost 5 years
LEGENDARY boxer Frank Bruno has made it public that his relationship with the posh health spa Champneys is over.
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Frank Bruno interview hooks 4m
Broadcast - almost 5 years
FRIDAY: Former boxer Frank Bruno’s first major interview in nearly a decade proved no match for BBC1’s comedy hour.
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Sport on TV: To be perfectly Frank, Bruno really should have hit Morgan
The Independent - almost 5 years
Frank Bruno first met Piers Morgan when the latter was a 19-year-old reporter on the South London News and the fighter was challenging for the world heavyweight title for the first time. Now Morgan is one of the richest presenters on television, and certainly the smuggest, and Bruno has spent the decade battling mental illness. If only Frank had lamped him that day back in the mid-Eighties, how different Britain might be. We could have avoided some of the worst excesses of tabloid journalism, culminating in headlines such as "Bonkers Bruno Locked Up".
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Halifax ad authority board votes in new leaders
The Daytona Beach News-Journal - almost 5 years
DAYTONA BEACH -- After a year of tumult on Volusia County's largest tourism marketing board, a changing of the guard was marked by an unusual sense of calm. At a meeting of the Halifax Area Advertising Authority on Wednesday afternoon, the board elected Daytona International Speedway Vice President of Marketing Sean Belgrade as chairman with a unanimous vote along with a new slate of officers. The change in leadership comes two weeks after two controversial board appointments and a week before the ad authority-supervised Daytona Beach Area Convention and Visitors Bureau welcomes its new CEO. The outgoing chairman, local attorney Ted Doran, was not nominated for consideration, and did not speak up to express interest in serving. "This is one of the fastest years of my life, that's for sure," Doran said. "I know that we all have had varying opinions about some of the issues that we've confronted but we've gotten through it over the course of the year." The H ...
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Bradley Saunders ready for Royal bout
Hartlepool Mail - almost 5 years
BRADLEY Saunders is gearing up for his second capital test – and he “can’t wait”. The former World Amateur Championship bronze medallist will box an, as yet, unnamed opponent over six rounds in London on Saturday, April 28. Saunders kicked off what promises to be successful professional career by stopping Jason Nesbitt in a stunning debut at the York Hall in February. And now he swaps the east for west end a week on Saturday when his manager, Frank Warren, brings boxing back to the Royal Albert Hall. It was an iconic venue in the 1980s when the likes of Frank Bruno, Dave Boy Green, Lloyd Honeyghan, Charlie Magri and Tony Sibson starred on bills televised on BBC1’s Sportsnight. Our very own George Feeney clinched the British lightweight title at the arena in 1982’s fight of the year when he stopped Ray Cattouse in the 14th round. Now Saunders is looking forward to following some of the golden greats. “I’ve only heard of the place, I’ve never seen it,” Saunders told SportMail. “ ...
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Mental health worry for ex-boxer Bruno
Leighton Buzzard Observer - almost 5 years
BOXING legend Frank Bruno has been taken to a mental health unit somewhere in the South East after experiencing erratic behaviour due to his bipolar condition.
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Frank Bruno blinded in street attack
Calgary Sun - almost 5 years
British boxing legend <a class="fplink fp-436670" href="/Frank+Bruno+1">Frank Bruno</a> was blinded in one eye after he was brutally attacked by a stranger.
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Volusia County Chair Frank Bruno to make farewell State of the County address Feb. 6
West Volusia Beacon - about 5 years
It will be County Chair <a class="fplink fp-436670" href="/frank+bruno+1"><a class="fplink fp-436670" href="/frank+bruno+1">Frank Bruno</a></a>'s last State of the County Address, when a crowd gathers in the Ocean Center at noon Monday, Feb. 6, to hear his remarks. He became the county's first elected chair in 2004, and was reelected in 2008. Before that, he was appointed chair in 1987, and again in 2003 ...
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New Year's message from Volusia County Chairman Frank Bruno: 'We're all in this together'
NSBN News - about 5 years
NSBNews.net is New Smyrna Beach's 24/7 Internet newspaper NSBNews.net video by Sera Frederick / Volusia County Chairman <a class="fplink fp-436670" href="/frank+bruno">Frank Bruno</a> delivers a New Year's message to his constituents from the home of NSBNews.net in New Smyrna Beach. NEW SMYRNA BEACH -- Volusia County Chairman had a clear message for all residents of the county for the new year: "We're all in this together." read more
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U.S. Patents Awarded to Inventors in Florida (Sept. 9) - Targeted News Service (subscription)
Google News - over 5 years
8 -- Reserve Power Cell, Deerfield Beach, Fla., has been assigned a patent (8013611) developed by David Elder, Margate, Fla., and Frank Bruno, Lake Worth, Fla., for a &quot;vehicle battery product and battery monitoring system.&quot; The abstract of the patent
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Frank Bruno
    FIFTIES
  • 2013
    Age 51
    In December 2013, Bruno spoke to the Daily Mirror in support of their mental health campaign, stating: "Mental illness is a terrible thing to have to cope with but I’ve learnt it’s a fight you can win if you live your life the right way".
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    On 23 July 2013, Bruno was featured in the BBC Three documentary Rachel Bruno: My Dad and Me.
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  • FORTIES
  • 2011
    Age 49
    Bruno completed the 2011 London Marathon which is the third marathon he has run successfully.
    More Details Hide Details He has also run numerous half marathons. He is also a patron for The Shannon Bradshaw Trust, a children's charity. Bruno regularly makes personal appearances and also sells autographed items of memorabilia.
    In 2011, he made a guest appearance in Sooty.
    More Details Hide Details On 20 April 2012, Bruno was featured in the ITV series Piers Morgan's Life Stories. He supports West Ham whilst also having an affinity for Aberdeen.
    On 21 April 2011, Bruno appeared on the ITV1 chatshow The Alan Titchmarsh Show, where he was candid about his previous health issues.
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    Bruno made a brief guest appearances in episodes of the ITV comedy show, Harry Hill's TV Burp in February and October 2011.
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  • 2008
    Age 46
    He had a small role in the 2008 British crime drama Cass.
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  • 2006
    Age 44
    In 2006, he was one of a number of celebrities who were recorded on the World Cup song, "Who Do You Think You Are Kidding Jurgen Klinsmann?
    More Details Hide Details ". On 15 August 2009 he appeared on The Weakest Link beating Duke McKenzie in the final for £12,800.
    In 2006, Bruno published an autobiography Frank: Fighting Back.
    More Details Hide Details It won the Best Autobiography category of the British Sports Book Awards. Bruno's image was enhanced by his relationship with the BBC boxing commentator Harry Carpenter, his appearances on the early Comic Relief programmes in the 1980s and his frequent appearances thereafter on television and on stage (in pantomime). In 1991, he opened "The Ultimate" at Lightwater Valley which was, at the time, the longest roller coaster in the world. He described the ride "scarier than Mike Tyson".
    On 10 October 2006, Bruno and Clydesdale were jointly awarded £50,000 damages for libel against The People newspaper and publishers MGN in respect of false claims made about their relationship.
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  • 2005
    Age 43
    In December 2005, Bruno announced that he was to become a father for the fourth time since finding new romance with old friend Yvonne Clydesdale. The pair, who first met five years previously at a health resort, began dating months after bumping into each other at a wine bar near his home. Yvonne gave birth to baby Freya on 10 May 2006.
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    On 9 October 2005 he admitted that his cocaine use, which began in 2000, contributed to his mental health problems.
    More Details Hide Details Media coverage of Bruno's problems raised controversy, the principal accusations being gross intrusion and insensitivity. Particular criticism was aimed at The Sun, whose headline in the first editions the next day read "Bonkers Bruno Locked Up". Second editions retracted the headline and attempted to portray a more sympathetic attitude towards Bruno and mental health in general. As an attempt at atonement, the paper established a charity fund for people suffering from mental illness, although some mental health charities condemned The Sun latter action that day as being grossly cynical in the light of the former. On 24 February 2008, Bruno offered his support to former footballer Paul Gascoigne, who on 21 February had been sectioned under the Mental Health Act. Bruno also spoke on his own personal experiences in the mental health system at a conference run by Hari Sewell, on 22 June 2009.
  • 2003
    Age 41
    On 22 September 2003, Bruno was taken from his home near Brentwood in Essex by medical staff assisted by police officers, under the provisions of the Mental Health Act 1983.
    More Details Hide Details He was taken to Goodmayes Hospital in Ilford, where he underwent psychological and psychiatric tests. He had been suffering from depression for several months beforehand. He was later diagnosed as having bipolar disorder.
  • THIRTIES
  • 1995
    Age 33
    In 1995, the year of his world championship, he released a cover version of "Eye of the Tiger", the theme song of the movie Rocky III.
    More Details Hide Details It reached No. 28 in the UK charts. In 1999, he featured on the celebrity special in the second season of Fort Boyard. In January 2001, Bruno announced that he wanted to stand as the Conservative candidate in the traditionally safe Tory seat of Brentwood and Ongar against the independent Member of Parliament, Martin Bell. His proposed slogan was "Don't be a plank, vote for Frank!" However, this idea was quickly dismissed by Conservative Central Office. But in an interview with BBC Sport at the time Bruno laughed at the story and denied he had any intention of standing.
    On 2 September 1995, Bruno finally became world champion by outpointing McCall over twelve rounds.
    More Details Hide Details Bruno did not last long as champion – the contract he signed to get McCall meant he had to face Mike Tyson in his first defence. Tyson beat Bruno on a stoppage in round three, Bruno performing unusually poorly in what turned out to be his last bout as a professional, due to a severe eye injury caused by Tyson. Bruno was advised not to fight again to avoid running the risk of causing any more damage to it, which could result in permanent blindness. Bruno retired soon after the fight. Bruno's publicist throughout most of his career was sports historian Norman Giller, who wrote three books in harness with Frank: Know What I Mean, Eye of the Tiger and From Zero to Hero. His manager for all but his last five fights was Terry Lawless, who signed him as a professional shortly after he had become ABA heavyweight champion at the age of eighteen.
  • 1994
    Age 32
    On 24 September 1994, Oliver McCall beat Lewis with a surprising and somewhat controversial second round knockout victory at Wembley Arena, and, after outpointing Larry Holmes, he came to England to defend the WBC title against Bruno.
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  • 1993
    Age 31
    In 1993 he had a third world title chance against young Lennox Lewis, who was making the second defence of the belt (his first of three championship reigns).
    More Details Hide Details The Lennox Lewis vs. Frank Bruno fight was the first time that two British boxers had fought for the world heavyweight title. Lewis beat Bruno on a stoppage in round seven, Bruno again failing to take his title chance after leading the contest on points up until what proved the final round. Bruno again regrouped, dispatching trialhorse Jesse Ferguson in one round, and the fringe contenders Rodolfo Marin and Mike Evans equally easily.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1990
    Age 28
    Bruno grew up with five siblings in Hammersmith, West London. His mother was Jamaican and his father was Dominican. In 1990, Bruno married his partner Laura at a small church in Hornchurch, an area of Greater London near the border with Essex. They had two daughters: Nicola and Rachel, and a son, Franklyn. However, their relationship deteriorated, and they divorced in 2001.
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  • 1988
    Age 26
    In 1988, Bruno challenged Mike Tyson for the undisputed world heavyweight title.
    More Details Hide Details In the opening moments, the fighters came together with huge punches. Bruno's legs buckled, and he took a big step back, inadvertently stepping off the ring apron. Most agree that he would have gone down, at least to a knee in any event, and this was called a knockdown. Bruno did not complain, and instead gathered himself to continue, ultimately rocking Tyson (for the first time in Tyson's career) with a left hook toward the end of the round. However, Tyson recovered and eventually beat Bruno when the referee stopped the contest in round five with Bruno taking heavy punishment, lying helpless on the ropes. Bruno kept winning fights, helping him to retain his spot as one of the world's leading heavyweights. He defeated contender Carl Williams, and then journeymen such as Jose Ribalta, Pierre Coetzer, and Dutchman Jan Emmen.
  • 1987
    Age 25
    Bruno once again got himself back into title contention with wins over former contender James Tillis and journeymen Reggie Gross and Chuck Gardner. In October 1987 Bruno faced the veteran Joe Bugner in an all British match up.
    More Details Hide Details Bugner although long past his peak, was coming off impressive wins over Greg Page, James Tillis and David Bey. Bruno won by TKO in the 8th round, the referee stopping the bout, although it appeared the protesting Bugner could have continued.
  • 1986
    Age 24
    Bruno got back into title contention with an impressive one round KO win over former WBA champion Gerrie Coetzee of South Africa, and, in July 1986, he challenged Tim Witherspoon for the WBA heavyweight title.
    More Details Hide Details After once again leading on the cards for most of the fight, he ran out of steam and was defeated by knockout in round eleven.
  • 1984
    Age 22
    However, in May 1984 the up-and-coming future world heavyweight champion, American James "Bonecrusher" Smith, halted that streak when he defeated Bruno by knockout in the tenth and final round of their bout, with Bruno leading clearly on all three judges' cards.
    More Details Hide Details As a general view, Bruno was carefully managed, whereby he developed well to later give a strong account of himself in the big matches. Bruno won his next six bouts against respected opposition. He won the European heavyweight title with a KO over Sweden's Anders Eklund, KO'd former European champion and world title contender Lucien Rodriguez in one round, was taken the distance for the first time by the useful world rated Phil Brown, and beat fringe fighters Larry Frazier and Jeff Jordan.
  • 1982
    Age 20
    Bruno became a professional boxer in 1982, quickly achieving 21 consecutive wins by knockout.
    More Details Hide Details This streak caught the attention of international boxing magazines, such as The Ring, KO Magazine, Boxing Illustrated and Ring En Español. During this period Bruno defeated former world title contender Scott LeDoux, the fringe contender Floyd Cummings, Belgian champion Rudy Gauwe, British contenders Tony Moore and Eddie Nielson, and opponents such as Bill Sharkey, Walter Santemore and Ken Lakusta.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1961
    Born
    Born on November 16, 1961.
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