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Frank Bruno

Biography

British Athletes

Date of Birth (DOB): 11/16/61
From: United Kindgdom
Best Known for: Former British Commonwealth and Former World Boxing Council Heavyweight Champion

Bio: Franklyn Roy Bruno was born at Hammersmith Hospital in London. He was the youngest of 6 children from the union of his parents Lynette & Robert Bruno. Michael, Eddie, Faye Joanne, and Angela are his siblings.
His parents settled down in Wandsworth London. His father Robert originated from Dominica passed away in 1975, while his mother Lynette is a district nurse and a Pentecostal laypreacher from Jamaica. Both countries obtained their independence from England, where his parents met in the late 1950's.
Frank attended schools at Swaffield Primary and Oak Hill schools in Sussex where he excelled in football and athletics. He began boxing at 9 at the local Wandsworth Boys Club. During his amateur career, he ammassed a 20-1 career, losing to (and eventually beating) Joe Christle while representing the Philip Game Amateur Boxing Club. His amateur career culminated with Frank boxing for Young England and becoming the youngest Amateur British Champion at 18.
He went to Bogota Colombia for corrective eye surgery for short-sightedness in his right eye.
As a professional fighter he weighed 247lbs and stood 6'3" tall. He ammassed a record of 40-4 losing world title fights to Mike Tyson, Lennox Lewis, Tim Witherspoon, and James "Bonecrusher" Smith; fighting a total of 167 rounds, winning 38 inside the distance, and 17 of those by knockout. Frank's career peaked on 3rd September 1995 when he beat Oliver McCall on points at Wembley Stadium to become the World Boxing Council Heavyweight Champion. He retired from boxing in August 1996.
Frank was awarded an MBE (Member of the British Empire) by Queen Elizabeth II in 1990, is a member of Equity. He's an accomplished actor performing alongside Michael Barrymore (with record box office sales), he played Robin Hood in Bristol & Bradford, alongside British comedians Little & Large, as well as Ringmaster in 'Goldilocks & the 3 Bears' in Birmingham. He's divorced from ex-wife Laura Mooney & kids Rachel, Nicola, & Franklyn.

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