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Kash the Flash tells his life story

LEGENDS: Kash The Flash (left) with fellow fighters Frank Bruno (centre) and Hugh Ford

KICK-BOXING legend Kash ‘the Flash’ Gill has stepped back into the ring to reveal his life story in a biography he has co-written with Midland author Shirley Thompson.

The four-time world kickboxing champion remains unbeaten and is a well-respected and popular figure in the sport he fell in love with at the age of 14.

His book My Life in a Flash tells of the highs and lows of growing up in Handsworth, Birmingham at the time of the riots during the 1980s and coping with the death of his mother when he was just nine years old.

As he grew up and earned his world titles, he befriended a host of well known figures in other sports, from boxer Frank Bruno to football icon Cyrille Regis.

Sports journalist Tom Ross, who wrote the book’s foreword said: “He is known worldwide as ‘Kash the Flash’ but anyone who knows him will tell you that the ‘flash’ part was only in the ring – outside of it Kash was anything but flash. He is a likeable, personable man who is a perfect role model for youngsters.

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“He has put so much back into the sport and the city since his retirement by way of coaching and working with schools. In these days of giving out honours and awards for nothing other than being a celebrity, Kash has done more than enough inside and outside of the ring to deserve one.”

Co-writer Thompson, who has also written books alongside the late Auf Wiedersehen Pet star Pat Roach, has accompanied Gill on several book launches throughout the Midlands.

“We’ve had a terrific response from those who have read the book,” she said. “People tell us they can’t put it down.”

The book is published by Brewin Books and available at all fine bookshops.

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