Writer and boxing enthusiast Chris Akers argues that boxing, more than any sport, has a unique way of tapping into the consciousness of the poor, the disgruntled and the forgotten. For all its flaws, he writes, boxing has been the vehicle by which people in poverty have escaped to better surroundings. From Muhammad Ali to Lovemore N’dou, boxing’s greats have often used the sport to highlight political injustices and social issues.

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Chris Akers has written about the sport of boxing for the past 15 years, covering title fights and interviewing domestic and world champions. He is the ghostwriter for the autobiography King of the Journeymen – The Life of Peter Buckley, which was published in 2021, and was made a member of the Transnational Boxing Rankings Board that same year. In his early thirties, he wrote and performed spoken word poetry, performing at open mics in cities such as Birmingham and Edinburgh.

Outside of boxing, his interests include sports, the arts and politics – which he discusses with guests on his podcast, The 286 Project.

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