An evening with Frank Bruno MBE, the former heavyweight champion.
Frank Bruno MBE, started boxing aged nine at Wandsworth Boys Club, near where he grew up with his five brothers and sisters, in Barmouth Street SW18.
After becoming Amateur British Champion at the young age of only 18, Frank turned professional in 1982; his successful career saw him crowned heavyweight champion of the world in 1995, after beating Oliver McCall at a packed Wembley Stadium at the age of 34. In 1990, he was awarded an MBE for his services to boxing.
The former WBC heavyweight champion returns to Wandsworth to talk to journalist Lorna Cooper about his eventful career. From growing up and attending school in Wandsworth to his journey to become world heavyweight champion – and one of Britain’s best-loved sportsmen. Frank will also discuss his struggles with depression, his well-publicised battle with bipolar disorder, how he overcame his challenges and learnt that there is no shame in asking for help.
About the journalist
Born and raised in Battersea, Lorna Cooper is a freelance journalist who has worked for media companies ranging from Kiss 100 FM and MSN to the Press Association and the BBC.
Specialising in the world of entertainment, Lorna has been a TV critic for BBC Radio 5 Live and she has written for publications such as: The Guardian, Huffington Post and The Independent. During the course of her career, Lorna has interviewed the likes of Sir David Attenborough, the cast of Downton Abbey, Idris Elba, Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad), Ricky Gervais and Hollywood stars Samuel L Jackson, Sandra Bullock and Jason Patric.
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