In 1989, Frank challenged Mike Tyson for the unified world heavyweight title in Las Vegas. Although not winning, it was fair to say the whole of the UK was willing Frank on!
Frank kept winning fights, helping him to retain his spot as one of the world’s leading Heavyweights.
On 2 September 1995 Bruno finally became World Champion by outpointing McCall over twelve rounds. The whole of the UK hailed Frank as King Broooono!!
He was awarded an MBE in 1990.
Famous for his banter with the legendary commentator Harry Carpenter, in 2003 Frank was diagnosed as having Bipolar disorder. His well-documented illness put Frank in the public eye and he uses this media attention to help with the stigma attached to mental health and to help raise the standards of care given to those suffering from mental health issues. Frank supports many charities for mental health both financially and with his time.
Frank feels strongly about mental health which is why he set up the charity The Frank Bruno Foundation.
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Frank is physically fit and stays highly active, going to the gym daily, with boxing still part of his training routine. He has run the London marathon and 2 others, and has run quite a few half marathons to support various charities.
He is an accomplished actor performing alongside Michael Barrymore (with record box office sales), he played Robin Hood in Bristol and Bradford alongside British comedians Little & Large, as well as Ringmaster in Goldilocks and the 3 Bears in Birmingham. Frank has appeared in numerous TV programmes including Comic Relief, playing Juliet to Lenny Henry’s Romeo, The Sooty show 2011, 2012, 2014, and Harry Hill’s TV Burp twice. He has been featured in many TV adverts – 2 for HP sauce – 1990s, Kleenex – 1989, and Now Compare.com – 2015. Ladbrokes (2 occasions) in 2018, Patlock security 2018
He has a real love of music. Some of his favourites include Gregory Isaac, Bob Marley, Michael Jackson, Sting, Shabba Ranks, Beenie Man, Ray Charles, George Michael, Mary J Blige and Sammy Davis Jr.
Between 2004 – 2012 Frank worked all over Europe making personal appearances, TV shows, and voice over adverts. Notable TV appearances include The Sooty Show, The Royal Variety Show, Piers Morgan, and Sports Relief.
The British public has been so supportive of Frank during this difficult time for him, and he continues to receive a warm reception wherever he goes. Frank never takes this for granted and really appreciates his fans. It is clear that Frank is still one of Britain’s most loved sports personalities.
Frank now spends his working time on varied appearance requests. These range from “An Audience with Frank Bruno” dinner events which promotors all over the UK book Frank for a Q&A session. A number of Charites use Frank for fundraising as Frank’s name still sell tickets. For 2016 2017 2018 a number of theatres across England and Wales booked Frank for a Theatre show. Frank is pleased to do these as not every one of his fans can afford some of the prices of the dinner shows. TV and media-wise Frank has more requests than he can actually fulfil. Generally, the media want “celebs” when they have something to advertise. Frank has appeared a few times on the sofa with Piers Morgan 2016,2017,2018, and Philip Scofield in 2016. The Mirror newspaper group appear to be most friendly to Frank let it continue!
The Launch of a new book “Let me be Frank” with national media coverage plus many TV’s including “The One show” Lorraine, Good Morning Britain accompanied an extensive Mental Health campaign talking to large businesses across the UK
The future looks rosy for “the young lad looking for trouble who made his way to become World Champion in boxing and peoples champion in the UK”.