Charlie Magri is one of the most popular boxers ever to have stepped into the ring.
The exuberance and energy of the former WBC Flyweight Champion earned him a core of dedicated fans and, throughout his career, his determination and his ability to overcome adversity inspired all those who watched him.
At last, one of boxing's most deserving legends has decided to tell all about his amazing life in this, his own true story. As a young boy Magri's exceptional promise as a boxer became apparent when he fought for Stepney's Arbour Youth Club.
His impressive start as a Junior ABA Champion earned Charlie a reputation and, when he became a fully fledged senior fighter, he experienced what he describes as the best two years of his life.
In 1974, he was unbeaten domestically, he won the ABA and then he took home the silver medal in the European Under-21 Championships.
These victories cemented his determination to remain a winner. It was only a matter of time before Magri turned professional and, with legendary manager Terry Lawless as his mentor, he went on to become the British Flyweight Champion.
Having secured the European crown, Magri set his sights on conquering the world. In March 1983, he entered the ring at Wembley and defeated Eleoncio Mercedes inside seven rounds to become the WBC World Flyweight Champion...and the legend of 'Champagne Charlie' was born. In this exciting and revealing autobiography, Charlie Magri tells of his childhood, growing up on a tough estate in the East End of London.
He describes how his height and his name made him stand out from the crowd at school and how, from an early age, he learned to defend himself with his fists.
He tells of the early days of his career and how his passion for boxing kept him off the street and out of the local gangs.
He speaks of his amazing triumphs and, conversley, his heart-breaking defeats and how he has struggled to come to terms with life after boxing. What shines through his whole story is Charlie's enthusiasm for life, sense of humour nad genuine concern for others.
This heart-warming tale of a man's passion for his sport and desire to win is a must read for any boxing fan and will make you laugh and cry in equal measure.