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Hard to Heart: How Boxer Tim Bradley Won Championships and Respect

Hard to Heart: How Boxer Tim Bradley Won Championships and Respect

by Bill Dwyre
Hard to Heart: How Boxer Tim Bradley Won Championships and Respect

Hard to Heart: How Boxer Tim Bradley Won Championships and Respect

by Bill Dwyre


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The inspiring story of boxer Tim Bradley, who rose from a difficult childhood to become a champion boxer, husband, father and role model. Written for middle-grade readers and up, it shows how someone with a self-described “thug mentality” can rise to greatness and be a credit to his community, family and the sport he loves.

Follow Tim on his path from childhood, to discovering the sport of boxing and his long road to becoming a world champion in the Super Lightweight and Welterweight divisions, to his three epic bouts with the legendary Manny Pacquiao. All that while becoming a loving husband and father.

Hard to Heart was written with style by Bill Dwyre, the award-winning, 25-year sports editor of the Los Angeles Times, and winner of the career achievement award from the Boxing Writers Association of America. An easy, drama-filled read in 118 pages, the book includes a timeline of Bradley’s life, a list of his professional fights and a glossary of boxing terms to make the sport accessible to all readers.

The book includes photographs from the Bradley family archive. Both paperback and e-Book editions will be available. Learn more at

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780999396704
Publisher: Back Story Publishing, LLC
Publication date: 10/06/2017
Pages: 120
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.25(d)
Age Range: 13 - 18 Years

About the Author

One of the nation's premier sports editors and boxing journalists, Bill Dwyre authored Back Story Publishing's first title, "Hard to Heart: How Tim Bradley won championships and respect."

Dwyre served as the award-winning sports editor of the Los Angeles Times for 25 years, and then as a columnist at the paper for another nine years before his retirement in 2015.

He was cited for special excellence with the coveted Nat Fleisher Award by the Boxing Writers Association of America in March 2017.

In addition to his book on Bradley, Dwyre serves as the chief executive of Back Story Publishing, whose goal is to engage young readers through sports and the written word.

Table of Contents


1. Neat lawns and lots of dirt

2. A little monster

3. Finding heaven

4. Living on trophies

5. The luck of love

6. Champion of the world

7. The little fish

8. Lunch pail Tim

9. Did you really win the fight?

10. The dark days

11. They want blood

12. His kind of fight

13. The fight to right a wrong

14. The value of life

15. The long ride home


Tim Bradley Timeline

Tim Bradley's pro boxing career

Glossary of boxing terms, organizations and notable people

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