The Belt Boy

The Belt Boy

5
Average: 5 (1 vote)
Pages: 
274
£6.99
ISBN:
9781786129093
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Kevin Lueshing's tears fell freely as he lifted boxing's coveted Lonsdale Belt. Weeping openly at ringside, Lueshing had just won the fight of the year. But his tears were not tears of joy. They were the stain of a sinister secret he had kept hidden for a lifetime. The former British champion was living the dream. People called him ‘The Look'. But behind the glory and the glitz, Lueshing's innocence had already been butchered, his hope crippled and his soul shattered. For the first time, he has rediscovered the strength and courage of a champion to tell his harrowing story. The Belt Boy is a completely true account of a brutal life kept hidden. Shocking, explicit, traumatic, Kevin's autobiography exposes a hideous crime and its utterly devastating legacy. He writes: "I risk being judged, but I never want anyone to suffer what I went through. That is my motivation for writing this book."

"Kevin's account of childhood abuse is truly shocking and disturbing. Like a true champion, he has displayed incredible strength and bravery to reveal the horrific ordeal he suffered. His book needs to be read so we may all stay alert to this evil crime" - NIGEL BENN

Kevin Lueshing

Kevin
Lueshing

Kevin Lueshing is a former boxer who was British welterweight champion between 1996 and 1997. During Lueshing’s career he fought for world titles, winning the IBO World welterweight title in 1996. Following his own spate in the boxing ring, Kevin worked as a boxing agent for the likes of Nigel Benn.

Reviews

by
Miriam Smith
5
"The Belt Boy" is a truly harrowing, heart-breaking and brutally honest recount of professional boxer Kevin Lueshing's life to date, as told by himself to writer and newspaper sports editor Mike Dunn. The opening to the book is so shocking it WILL make you stop and think and at one point I wasn't sure I'd be able to continue - but I'm glad I did and persevered, as you are taken on one huge emotional rollercoaster journey. Following his traumatic childhood, colourful adult life, drugs, women and his fascinating boxing career, this is a knockout book that will have you floored from the start. So many times I shook my head in utter disbelief and sadness at what I was reading and found myself equally as many times wanting to hug and comfort the young Kevin, such was the brutal childhood he endured. I thoroughly enjoyed reading Kevin's story (although enjoyed may well be the wrong word) but I did find it utterly compelling and gripping - I was so engrossed from the very distressing start to the highly inspirational finish - it was just impossible to put down. Being already familiar with Kevin 'The Look' Lueshing as a boxer (as my husband is a huge boxing fan) I enjoyed re watching Kevin's fights on you tube whilst reading his book, shedding so much more light behind the fights and his story. I can't recommend this book highly enough regardless of whether you're a boxing fan or not - however, because of the explicit content it's definitely not for younger readers or those easily upset. My husband has already started reading it and loving it too. There's some great chapters in the book about other boxers too, I found the story about Tyson particularly entertaining and I had tears in my eyes at the Benn and McClennan reunion. No child should go through anything near to what Kevin did and its inspiring to know that he is now heavily involved in the NSPCC to help stop childhood cruelty and he has such a huge belief and commitment to the organisation that he supports them whenever he can wholeheartedly, even speaking up in parliament about the organisation. His pure motivation for writing his story is to never want to hear of a child going through the same suffering as he did. This book is professionally written by Mike Dunn and there are also some fantastic photos in the middle of the book too, to put faces to the many names in the story. Kevin was so brave to be completely open and explicitly truthful about his distressing childhood and troubled teenage years - I have a huge amount of respect for him, for daring so publicly to bare his soul about events he had long since buried and to finally overcome his demons and I truly wish him every happiness for the future and continued success in his work with the NSPCC. All the fabulous 5 stars!
by
thehappymeerkat
5
I had never heard of Kevin 'The Look' Lueshing before, having never followed boxing, so when I was asked to read his autobiography I wasn't sure what to expect. But the first few lines of the introduction alone had me hooked and I couldn't stop reading until the end. 'The Belt Boy' is the harrowing story of a boxing champion's rise to fame and success and the awful past he kept hidden. The first thing you read in this book is the terrible abuse that Lueshing suffered as a child. The account is truly disturbing and sets the tone for the rest of this book. What is refreshing is the complete openness and honesty he has about everything that has happened in his life. Nothing is held back and you learn all about the brutal multiple abuse he faced as a child and how it shaped him in his career and as an adult. The book doesn't just focus on the difficulties Lueshing had as a child, despite being a champion boxer he still faced hidden problems and has been very candid about everything. This isn't a light hearted read. Though I don't want to give away spoilers (this might be considered one), he speaks openly about himself and some of the people he has met and there is mention of sex and drug use. There is also regular use of the f word. Despite all the problems he faced though it is wonderful to read how Lueshing overcame all this and this book isn't just an account of his life but a truly inspiring read. As someone who knew very little about the sport of boxing I've come to understand it better and this story had a deeper effect on me personally as I know quite well the area where Lueshing grew up. As with autobiographies/biographies there are some great photos of Lueshing both as a child and as an adult, with his family, various friends and several photos of his boxing career. Although this is a dark read, the whole book is actually quite gripping too and I certainly feel oddly compelled to read it again after just putting it down. I would recommend this book to everyone, whether you know the world of boxing or not, it is after all a story of a man who overcame a horrible past to become a great champion.

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