Imagine an average American lawyer, plunged into strange and unchartered territory of Southeast Asia, who decides to live life in a new way, unwittingly becomes a boxer, gets and beats cancer, and even at 55, continues to fight.
This is the story of Craig Wilson, whose newly released memoir, "Blood, Steel & Canvas: The Asian Odyssey Of A Fighter", is now available in eBook format through Diversion Books.
"Blood, Steel & Canvas: The Asian Odyssey Of A Fighter" is ultimately a story about fighting on two levels: the American lawyer author’s improbable career as Asia’s oldest amateur boxer and his fight to overcome colon cancer and its consequences.
After being transferred to the Philippines, Craig Wilson embarked on a journey that took him throughout Southeast Asia. Once abroad, and after his father died from heart failure, he decided to join a local boxing club to get in shape and lose weight.
Little did he know that this decision would lead him to the last career he would ever have imagined, and one that would stand the strongest test he’s faced—cancer.
Through his friendships with boxers in the Philippines and Thailand, Craig’s efforts (not always successful) to learn the languages and his delight in experiencing local cultures, he sets an example for other expatriates who have the great fortune to live and work overseas.
His unremitting enthusiasm and refusal to give up, under any circumstances, set an example for others with serious or life-threatening diseases.
“A mild-mannered lawyer, at least until I lace on my gloves, I enter a boxing ring and emerge as ‘Farang Ba,’ the Crazy White Foreigner, a name well-known in sports circles in Thailand.
"Why crazy? How else to describe a 55-year old who regularly takes on opponents half his age in a country where a proud father teaches his sons to throw a punch before they can write their names?”
"Blood, Steel & Canvas: The Asian Odyssey Of A Fighter"
Publication Date: June 29, 2011
Publisher: Diversion Books
List Price: $4.99