Broken Dreams: The Untold Truth is the true life story of a starry eyed young fighter, growing up in a changing South Africa on the wrong side of the street, follows his dream of becoming a world champion all the way to England but he soon learns that the hardest punches are thrown outside the ring where you don’t know who is hitting you.
Taken to a boxing gym by his boxing mad yet loving, ex-fighter dad, it soon becomes his second home. The kid becomes a national champion and wins Gold at the African games. He looked set for the Olympics but the interference of a dishonest coach shatters that dream, leading him to turn professional at a young age. Despite failing to secure sponsorship and a broken jaw, he manages to achieve success in the ring, brushing shoulders with South African greats, like Sugarboy Malinga but the money doesn’t measure up so he decides to try his luck in the UK.
He signs with a prominent manager and wins a world title against all the odds in his opponent’s backyard with his family at ringside in an emotional night. Just when he thought that he has reached the pinnacle of his career, he is robbed of his title by crooked judges and finds out that his management have been stealing from him, leading to an acrimonious breakup, that sees him frozen out of the boxing establishment. He ends up sleeping in his car and all his pleas for help is met with deaf ears by the powers that be. Just when all seems lost, a helping hand reaches out in the form of new friends.
He is given a new lease of life, a job, wins a legal battle with the corrupt boxing control board, gets his license back and returns to the ring, even engaging in a battle with British star, Carl Froch. Unfortunately his prime had passed him by and lingering health issues start to surface. However, on returning to South Africa, that same fighting spirit helps him to transcend his setbacks, become a successful personal trainer, showing other fighters the way around the obstacles he once faced, while continuing to fight the corruption going on in the shadows of the ring. Careers may end as surely as they begin but there is no end to a warrior’s heart. This book would make for a great film. Let me know if it is something you would be interested to look at turning into a film or series or documentary.
Author: Ruben Groenewald
Editor; Droeks Malan
File Size: 9748 KB
Print Length: 312 pages
Publication Date: November 5, 2014
X-Ray: Not Enabled
Word Wise: Enabled
Lending: Not Enabled
Screen Reader: Supported
Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,872,358 Paid in Kindle Store