Recently, The Big Issue took a close look at the new British boxing film Jawbone. Written by and starring Johnny Harris, the film boasts a knock-out cast – Ray Winstone, Ian McShane and Michael Smiley – as well as Barry and Shane McGuigan acting as consultants and music by Paul Weller.
Big Issue vendor Maurice Richards (above) used to be an amateur boxer himself.
“When I was in my 20s I had quite a few fights as an amateur,” Richards said. “I was based at Neath boxing club in South Wales. It’s great discipline for a young man.”
The way boxing clubs can offer support and guidance to youngsters was a theme through the special edition magazine. An in depth interview with Johnny Harris discussed how boxing saved him, Ray Winstone explained how his days in the gym shaped his character, while Barry McGuigan and Michael Smiley discussed the impact it had during the Troubles in Northern Ireland.
Also featured was 19-year-old Callum Myles. Aged 11, he had already been arrested multiple times and on one occasion had dislocated a teacher’s finger.