Fearless Freddie is the story of Britain’s first boxing superstar. A legend who had it all: a young family, regular TV appearances and a thriving nightclub. Surely someone as outgoing would not kill himself? However, Freddie was a man with dark secrets. Did those secrets drive him to take his own life or was it something more sinister?
Christopher Evans is the Member of Parliament for Islwyn in South Wales. He has been published in Boxing Monthly and many other newspapers and publications as well as appearing on national television as a political commentator. A part-time boxing historian and fan.
About the book:
Fearless Freddie charts the career of pugilist Freddie Mills, who became the biggest name in British boxing, a television star in the 1950s only to commit apparent suicide in 1965. Freddie was a boxing superstar at a time when the country was still trying to pick up the pieces in the aftermath of the Second World War. A natural entertainer, he embarked on a successful media career long after his days in the ring came to an end, paving the way for other sports stars to do the same in future. However, there was a darker side to Mills. His nightclub brought him into contact with notorious London gangsters. Constantly plagued by depression and money worries, the death of Freddie remains a mystery. Since his death, conspiracy theories aplenty have been peddled about how and why Freddie was found in the back of a car, having shot himself through his right eye. Could a man who had it all really take his own life or was there something more sinister afoot?