Boxing's Family Ties At Chiswick Book Festival

A chance to hear Sky presenter Adam Smith in conversation

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Seen at his book launch, Adam Smith with several famous boxers

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Behind every boxer there’s a family and they are the ones watching on anxiously if their loved one gets injured in the ring.

Sky Sports head of boxing, Adam Smith, who knows them well, will takes you right to the ringside in his new book Beautiful Brutality: Boxing’s Family Ties. He will be talking to former European champion Spencer Oliver at the Chiswick Book Festival on Saturday, September 15th at the Tabard Theatre.

Adam will now be discussing the topic with Spencer Oliver, the former European super-bantamweight champion, who is interviewed with his mother for the book.

The young British boxer suffered life-threatening injuries in the ring and was intensive care for a time, but made a full recovery.

The 22-year-old super-bantamweight underwent a three-hour operation at London's National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery to remove a blood clot from his brain after he was hurt in a European championship fight.

Oliver was knocked out in the 10th round of his European super-bantamweight title fight with Ukrainian Sergei Devakov at the Royal Albert Hall in London.

He was given oxygen by paramedics in the ring and after 15 minutes of treatment was taken to Charing Cross Hospital, apparently unconscious and wearing a neck brace. Later he was moved to a neurological unit of a specialist hospital but remained unconscious for two days.

1.00 pm- Adam Smith: Beautiful Brutality: Boxing’s Family Ties
The Tabard Theatre. Saturday Day Pass


September 11, 2012