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Frank Bruno hopes to excel as boxing trainer; Obtains license

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Per BBC Sport, former heavyweight titleholder Frank Bruno has been given a trainer's license by the British Boxing Board of Control.

"Great to be in the ring coming from a different angle," Bruno, 55, said on his Instagram page.

With a career record of 40 wins only 5 loses and a blistering 38 knockouts, Bruno was a top heavyweight from the mid 1980s to mid 1990s.

In 1989, he became the first fighter to expose vulnerabilities in a prime Mike Tyson, wobbling the fight legend several times in the opening round of their first meeting.

But perhaps his grandest achievement in the ring occurred on September 2, 1995 when he lifted the WBC heavyweight title from Oliver McCall at Wembley Stadium in London, United Kingdom.

It was Bruno's stand against Tyson that convinced many that the fearsome champion wasn't unbeatable after all.

In addition to fighting 'Iron Mike' twice, defeating McCall, and giving Lennox Lewis all he could handle for seven rounds in their epic 1993 title showdown, Bruno has defeated former champions Tim Witherspoon and Gerrie Coetzee as well as highly-rated contenders James Tillis, Jesse Ferguson and Carl 'The Truth' Williams.

And although Frank Bruno's final bout, a 3rd Round TKO loss to Tyson was 21 years ago, he remains one of Britain's most loved sports stars.

Since the second loss to Tyson, Bruno, now 55, has recently spoken out about the crippling effects of his toughest opponent of all - bipolar disorder. It's what led to him to be hospitalized several times in the last 14 years and at least twice between 2011 and 2012. 

"Mental illness is a very powerful thing. If it is with you, it is probably going to be there until the day you die."

"I am trying so hard to break mine but it is not easy. It is my toughest fight ever."

How will Bruno fair as a trainer? 

... We'll find out. However, there haven't been many heavyweight champions who have excelled as trainers.

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