UNLICENSED – Who’s the Guv’nor

The True story behind the phenomenon of Unlicensed Boxing

The Men – The Fights – The History

True and astonishing accounts of how London’s gangsters took control of the UK boxing scene and created a billion-dollar a year worldwide industry.



THE DISTINGUISHED title of the meanest, roughest, toughest, hardest, most brutal – not to say dirtiest – fighter in Britain will be awarded to one of two gentlemen tonight.

The runner up will very likely be on his way to the infirmary, an oxygen tent, the crematorium, or at least the title role in sleeping beauty.

Colin Dunne - The Sun newspaper (Sept. 11th, 1978)

The above was the write-up by the Sun newspaper’s boxing columnist on the day of the third epic battle between Roy Shaw and Lenny McLean.



UNLICENSED - Who’s the Guv’nor

Setting the record straight on five decades of the most notorious title in boxing.

From its humble beginnings in London's underworld to the associations of the world’s leading boxing promoters.  The dark and dangerous world of illicit boxing has created legends and myths, bestselling books, documentaries and Hollywood movies...

Now! Hear about it from the men behind the scenes.

ROY SHAW & LENNY MCLEAN had three epic battles that set London alight. They fought to be The GUVNOR. To hold the most Notorious position in the fighting world.

The most dangerous man on the planet

Three fights that have gone down in history and created legends and cemented the Guv’nor title as royalty!

This book is about that title, it’s how it began, and the fighting breed who lost blood fighting for it.



UNLICENSED – Who’s the Guv’nor

As boxing promoters go, Joey Pyle is the best, he is a silver-tongued, charismatic, dangerous f**ker. He has the ability to hold everyone at arm's length, and you're only in Joey's company if invited. He's a good friend but a bad enemy.



WARNING! This book can seriously alter your views on the boxing world!

Copyright © 2020 Joseph Arnie Pyle



Gary Dennis

Can’t put the book down mate, absolute classic best book in a lotta years *****


very interesting book

Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 13 September 2020

Verified Purchase

if you are interested in the unlicensed boxing scene and the famous names involved this is the book for you


Ivor Batey

The truth at last about the Guv’nor.

Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 11 September 2020

At last a book that tells the truth behind Unlicensed Boxing. Written by the man who knows better than anyone about the truth. So well written and I couldn’t put it down. This is a book I guarantee you won’t regret buying.



Great Read!

Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 12 September 2020

Brilliant book, well worth the read.




Everybody must read this book, its brilliant!

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