Joe Frater "Undefeated"
A year after it was originally due, one of the most controversial books ever to be written
in Grimsby is finally available. Written by local author Jenny Walton, ''Undefeated'' is the
story of Joe's early life in Jamaica, how he came to England and his career in Boxing Promotion.
The book is available in all leading bookstores, or direct from Joe Frater, priced at £14.95.
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Joe would like to thank everyone who bought his book and the people of Lincolnshire who made it worth writing.
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"Undefeated" is written by local author Jenny Walton and published by Propagator Press.
Book of the Week by Alan Hubbard
Smilin' Joe - the King of Cleethorpes
From the Independent on Sunday newspaper - 22nd April 2007.
Don King and Joe Frater have two things in common - both are black and boxing promoters. Otherwise, their worlds could
hardly be more different. King's habitat is Madison Square Garden; Frater's is the Winter Gardens, Cleethorpes. King
stages mega-fights, Frater is strictly small hall, but figures like him are the backbone of boxing.
Curiously, The Don has never written his life story despite ceaselessly assaulting our eardrums with it. But Frater, with
the assistance of local scribe Jenny Walton, has put together the intriguing tale of how he arrived from Jamaica in 1962, and
without ever seeing the inside of a socal security office worked his way up from a £5-a-week garage mechanic to run a
thriving business and establish himself as the country's first, and still only, black boxing promoter.
There is hardly a significant fight figure in the land who has not been a guest at one of his dinner shows, though few
have ever appeared on his bills, the highlight of which in almost 20 years has been a single British title fight. Yet in many
ways his is a King-sized story, embracing alleged vendettas by a local criminal element, some now in jail, who wanted him
out of boxing; racist abuse and family traumas which included the death in a road accident of his youngest son, aged seven.
On his Lincolnshire patch, Smilin' Joe is a byword in boxing. "Happy, hardworking and decent" is how Barry McGuigan
described him. He has learned a few promotional tricks from the big guys, offering John Prescott an exhibition bout on
a show after the deputy PM famously displayed a nifty left jab. Frater himself may not carry the clout of the big boys,
but he's certainly the King of Cleethorpes.
Published by Propagator Press, £14.95