Growing up in Dublin, John Kavanagh was a skinny kid who was frequently bullied.
After suffering a bad beating when he intervened to help a woman who was being attacked, he decided he had to learn to defend himself.
Before long, he was training fighters in a tiny shed, and promoting the earliest mixed-martial arts events in Ireland. And then, a cocky young lad called Conor McGregor walked into his gym ...In Win or Learn, John Kavanagh tells his own remarkable life story - which is at the heart of the story of the extraordinary explosion of MMA in Ireland and globally.
Kavanagh has become a guru to young men and women seeking to master the arts of combat. And as the trainer of the world's most charismatic male MMA star, he has become a magnet for talented fighters from all over the world.
Kavanagh's portrait of Conor McGregor - who he has seen in his lowest moments, as well as in his greatest triumphs - is a revelation.
What emerges from Win or Learn is a remarkable portrait of ambition, discipline, and persistence in the face of years and years of disappointment. It is a must read for every MMA fan - but also for anyone who wants to understand how to follow a dream and realize a vision.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 240 pages, illustrations
- Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
- Publication Date: 30/06/2016
- Category: Autobiography: sport
- ISBN: 9781844883813