Champion of British bareknuckle boxing and pit fighting... Decca Heggie is a force to be reckoned with.
DECCA HEGGIE grew up on a council estate in Carlisle. Glue sniffing and football became a means of escape from the bullies that plagued his childhood. Until that is, he discovered that he was a natural-born fighter. Having hammered all his tormentors, the die was cast. Working as a doorman in his late teens, he met - then lost - the love of his life. Cocaine addiction eased the pain but fuelled bouts of depression and random violence. Unlicensed boxing led to bare-knuckle fighting and two BKB heavyweight titles. Then, in 2016, Ricky English offered him a shot at The Guv'nor Title - the chance to cement his legacy as a true great of the hardest sport of them all. STEPHEN WOOD began writing as a serving police officer. One of his stories was discovered by film and TV producer, the late Burt Burnam, and turned into a screenplay. They spent the next eight years working together, four of those in partnership with Mel Efros. His debut crime novel (under the pseudonym Stephen Coill), A Deviant Breed, was published in 2015, along with espionage thriller The Bowline Contract. This is his first biographical collaboration.