Franklin Roy Bruno, MBE is a British former professional boxer who competed from 1982 to 1996. He had a highly publicised and eventful career, both in and out of the ring.
The pinnacle of Bruno’s boxing career was winning the WBC heavyweight title from Oliver McCall at a packed Wembley Stadium in 1995, in what was his fourth world championship challenge. Bruno faced multiple top-rated heavyweights throughout his career, including two defeats against Mike Tyson in 1989 and 1996, and a defeat against fellow Briton Lennox Lewis in 1993.
He was also known for his exceptional punching power, scoring 38 knockouts in 40 wins and giving him a 95% knockout-to-win ratio; his overall knockout percentage was 84.44%. Bruno has been ranked among BoxRec’s 10 best heavyweights in the world 12 times, reaching his career-high ranking of world No.3 at the conclusion of 1984. Like Henry Cooper before him, Bruno has remained a popular celebrity with the British public following his retirement from boxing, including his well-documented struggles with mental health.