No Middle Ground

Eubank, Benn, Watson and the golden era of British boxing

No Middle Ground
Format: Paperback / softback, 320 Pages
ISBN: 9781781313602
Publisher: Aurum
Buy from an Online Retailer
We do not sell books through our website in the UK.
Please use the links below to buy from online retailers


"This is an enthralling behind-the-scenes account of a bygone sporting era." - Shortlist

"Riveting. It's like I'm back there on a sat night with my family, watching the bloodlust. Brilliantly written." - Phil Williams Radio Five Live

'Shetty painstakingly spoke to the fighters, their respective teams and many of the integral people involved to capture the scene of the fight nights excellently. The way in which he introduces the reader to each of the boxers personalities in fine detail from their adolescent youth through to maturity early on in the book sets the tone perfectly. Shetty takes the reader through an amazing journey that started inside a tent in Finsbury Park North London in May 1989, and ends tragically on cold night at White Hart Lane Football on September 21, 1991. Highly informative and well written.' - Clive Bernath

2014 marked the 25th anniversary of the first bout in the epic battle between Nigel Benn, Michael Watson and Chris Eubank that would keep us entertained for five manic, magnificent and ultimately tragic years.

The fight took place a month after the Hillsborough disaster and was screened live on TV, in a slot now dominated by talent contests. It was a time when kids could stay up late to watch 12 rounds of madness. It was also the last Golden Era of British Boxing.

While for us these greats of British boxing provided entertainment away from the hooliganism of football, for them it was much more personal. Rivalries exist in every sport, but their loathing was real and in the ring it nearly became deadly. But this is what the swaggering early-90's Britain tuned in for. These three fighters were Britain's alpha-ego. They made the country proud.

No Middle Ground takes us back to the years when these boxers pounded the heavy bags and tells their story as well as that of Britain's love affair with the sport, and how these fight came to define them and us. In tracing the boxers' journeys to centre-stage Sanjeev Shetty reveals the story of the dark side of Thatcher's nation - the blood, the sweat, the dangerous hatred that fuelled these men, and the ultimate price they would pay for their moment in the sun.

The author

Sanjeev Shetty is a BBC Sports Correspondent and a boxing fan.

Reader reviews


Format: Paperback / softback, 320 Pages
ISBN: 9781781313602
Size: 5.079 in x 7.795 in / 129 mm x 198 mm

You might also be interested in

Goats of Anarchy Pre-Order Giveaway
Order your copy of Peace, Love, Goats of Anarchy and/or Angel and her Wonderful Wheels by September 30, 2018, and be entered for a chance to win an amazing prize! Fill out the form below to enter. One (10) grand prize winner will receive a Goats of Anarchy Library featuring Goats of Anarchy: One Woman’s Quest to Save ...
Read More >
Make a Pet Bowl Holder Out of a Pallet
Let’s face it, dogs just aren’t tidy eaters. (Well, most aren’t, anyway.) During their happy eating bonanza, water is splashed and drooled onto the floor, bowls are scattered, and paws help spread the mess once the meal is done. Towels and mops are usually involved afterward. Chris Peterson shares a pet bowl holder project in ...
Read More >
Q&A with The Wellness Garden Author Shawna Coronado
Shawna Coronado is an author, columnist, blogger, photographer, and spokesperson for organic gardening, green lifestyle living, and culinary preparation who campaigns for social good. Her newest book, The Wellness Garden, she  details exactly how she has learned to use her garden as a key tool in her battle with osteoarthritis and other chronic pain issues. We got ...
Read More >
See More Posts