Sparring with Life Jimmy Tibbs My Autobiography Paperback / softback
The Kray Twins approached him to be his manager at the age of 18, but his dad had the unenviable task of respectfully turning them down in their notorious pub.
Sparred with Muhammad Ali, making front cover headlines on the New York Times, then fought on the Ali v Henry Cooper undercard a few weeks later in front of 54,000 people.
Had 20 pro fights with a good record and was tippped to go on to great things...Boxing career was cut short by being involved in gangland warfare for three years, which culminated in him getting a ten year prison sentence.
Came out after four years and eight months, and after a few years of working in the family scrap business, he had the opportunity of a lifetime to work as a boxing trainer, being thrown in at the deep end with some of British finest fighters.
Jimmy went on to train some of the biggest names in British boxing including Frank Bruno, Barry McGuigan, Lloyd Honeyghan, Michael Watson, Nigel Benn etc...The list is long and comes with some incredible anecdotes and stories.
Soon after creating world champions he was hit with cancer.
He battled through and continued to make his name in the sport.
In 1990, came 'The Birth of Cockney Christian'. He became born again, and the story that accompanies this transition, could only be told the way he does!
At the age of 66, he's still training champions now, including Billy Joe Saunders. Many of the top boxers including his former World Champions and the likes of Joe Calzaghe will tweet about the book.
The two biggest boxing gyms in London are keen to host the book launch.
Jimmy will be available for a massive media campaign and signing sessions.
Boxing correspondents for the Daily Mirror, Sunday Times, Daily Mail and The Sun have already expressed an interest in serialisation.
- Format: Paperback / softback
- Pages: 330 pages
- Publisher: Reach plc
- Publication Date: 01/07/2014
- Category: Autobiography: sport
- ISBN: 9781908695857