Pain Don't Hurt: Fighting Inside and Outside the Ring [NOOK Book]

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The no-holds-barred memoir from kickboxer Mark "Fightshark" Miller, the only professional fighter in history to return to the ring after open-heart surgery

In 2007, Mark Miller was a rising star in professional kickboxing, until a routine physical uncovered a serious condition that required open-heart surgery. The crisis helped to temporarily reunite his fractured family and made Miller more determined than ever to return to the kickboxing ring. But within a year, his parents ...

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Pain Don't Hurt: Fighting Inside and Outside the Ring

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Overview

The no-holds-barred memoir from kickboxer Mark "Fightshark" Miller, the only professional fighter in history to return to the ring after open-heart surgery

In 2007, Mark Miller was a rising star in professional kickboxing, until a routine physical uncovered a serious condition that required open-heart surgery. The crisis helped to temporarily reunite his fractured family and made Miller more determined than ever to return to the kickboxing ring. But within a year, his parents and brother were all dead, and Miller's fragile optimism imploded, sending him into a tailspin of drugs and alcohol.

Pain Don't Hurt is a story of incredible tenacity, dedication, and hard work—how one fierce competitor overcame repeated obstacles to realize his dreams. Miller recounts stories ranging from his childhood spent in the Steelers locker room to the surprising life lessons he learned from other fighters to his triumphant return to fighting in a Moscow kickboxing ring. He talks frankly about family and fatherhood—of the hard lessons about masculinity and violence learned from his abusive father. He also offers an inspiring, exciting, and frank account of the fights—both in and out of the ring—that have shaped him.

A deeply personal account of guts, blood, and glory, Pain Don't Hurt pays tribute to the never-say-die spirit embodied in a man who refuses to back down, no matter the odds.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
04/14/2014
In this gritty memoir, kickboxer and MMA fighter Mark Miller documents his struggle to make peace with the demons spawned by his tragic family history. Born with a congenital heart defect and Type 1 diabetes, Miller came to possess the talent and willpower to make a career as a professional fighter, despite having to endure open-heart surgery at age 31. Yet the shadows of an abusive upbringing drove his career into a ditch the following year after he lost his father, mother, and drug-addicted older brother, all in 2007. However, with the help of friends and a 12-step program, Miller was able to pull himself off the canvas. The reader can’t help but root for Miller, but in many ways his memoir comes across as vague and rushed. He mentions his three children and the break-up of his marriage, but we learn almost nothing about his kids and ex-wife, or the reasons for their estrangement. His relationship with his nutritionist, and co-author, seems obviously romantic but goes equally unexplored. This is a shame because when Miller’s focus tightens, such as in the comedy of errors leading to his comeback fight in Moscow, the prose is vibrant and clear. (July)
Kirkus Reviews
2014-05-19
Rough-and-tumble, survival-of-the-fittest memoir from world-class kickboxer Miller.Miller takes a thoughtful but unsentimental look at his life as a professional fighter trying desperately to overcome a dangerous heart condition, diabetes and a failing marriage. Born in Pittsburgh, Miller’s family life was governed by fear of and loathing for his hyperviolent father, who had been a former NBA player in the league’s fledgling years. His mother played an ambivalent role in his life, and his brother, Colin, was a ne’er-do-well who got involved with drugs and crime and ended up dead of a heroin overdose years later. As an athlete, Miller first tried his luck at baseball in college, but arm injuries and a sense of general disillusionment eventually steered him away from the baseball diamond. To his father's disapproval, he soon explored the more obscure world of kickboxing and martial arts, where he quickly found his calling. However, after compiling an impressive win-loss record, Miller received the diagnosis of an enlarged ventricle in his heart. He underwent major surgery, thus putting his promising fight career on indefinite hold. The author is terse and brutally direct in his descriptions of the seemingly impossible task of recovering from his open-heart surgery and re-entering the ring. His no-holds-barred descriptions of his crumbling marriage and his bouts with alcoholism and financial difficulties, not to mention the deaths of his parents and his brother (all in the same year), don’t always make for comfortable reading. But after all the suffering and hardship, his tale is ultimately inspiring and upbeat. Despite nature’s best efforts to discourage him, Miller eventually made a near-miracle recovery; by 2010, he found himself in Moscow at a major professional tournament, successfully competing in the ring again.Miller’s tough-but-sensitive narrative voice is a force to be reckoned with.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780062222367
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 7/15/2014
  • Sold by: HARPERCOLLINS
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 854,051
  • File size: 477 KB

Meet the Author

Mark "Fightshark" Miller has been a professional fighter for fifteen years and has competed around the world. He is the father of three boys and lives in Los Angeles.

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