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'The Legend' Steve Ward signs up with Vertical for his book

Updated: Jun 16, 2021

Vertical Editions are delighted to announce 'The Legend', the autobiography of the world's oldest professional boxer Steve Ward.

Aged 64, Steve is already a three-time Guinness World Record holder and is planning a final fight just before he turns 65 later in 2021, ensuring his record will never be beaten.



Written with John Brindley - the author of sports books including 20 Legends: Nottingham Forest and the autobiographies of Tony Kenworthy and Steve Walsh - The Legend will detail Steve's remarkable life story, which saw him win all 41 of his controversial bare-knuckle fights, get stabbed as a nightclub doorman and later consider suicide after suffering a horror foot injury at work.


Medical experts told Steve that he was unlikely to ever walk again unaided. But he defied the odds, later returning to the sport he loves and making history.


Steve's life story will be released in the autumn of 2021.


“Meeting Steve Ward has been a rare privilege," said John.


"I am helping him to record a remarkable story that is still unfolding. To be still fighting professionally at 64 years old is beyond incredible, particularly considering the injuries he has sustained outside the ring.


“He also happens to be a very humble and brilliant human being whose story will touch the hearts of everyone who comes across it. Steve’s is the story that seems to be ‘too good to be true’ but actually is."


A documentary detailing Steve's career, called 'Champ of Champs' by filmmaker Keith Large, has scooped awards from Hollywood to Cannes.


"When I was a baby my dad put a sepia photo up in his newsagents on Hyson Green and told people: 'One day he’ll be a world champion’," Steve, pictured above, said.


"That inspired me. My other inspiration is my wife, Louisa, who’s always there for me, supporting me. But I'm not finished yet.”



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