Pain Don’t Hurt is the no-holds-barred memoir from the one expert fighter in heritage to come back to the hoop after open-heart surgical procedure, kickboxer Mark “Fightshark” Miller—an inspiring tale of family members, decision, and redemption.
In 2007, Mark Miller used to be a emerging megastar in expert kickboxing, till a regimen actual exposed a significant that required open-heart surgical procedure. The quandary helped to quickly reunite his fractured relatives and made Miller extra made up our minds than ever to come back to the kickboxing ring. yet inside of a yr, his mom and dad and brother have been all useless, and Miller’s fragile optimism imploded, sending him right into a tailspin of gear and alcohol.
Pain Don’t Hurt is a narrative of tremendous tenacity, commitment, and tough work—how one fierce competitor overcame repeated hindrances to gain his desires. Miller recounts tales starting from his youth spent within the Steelers locker room to the astonishing lifestyles classes he discovered from different warring parties to his successful go back to scuffling with in a Moscow kickboxing ring. He talks essentially approximately relations and fatherhood—of the challenging classes approximately masculinity and violence discovered from his father. He additionally deals an inspiring, intriguing, and frank account of the fights—both out and in of the ring—that have formed him.
A deeply own account of guts, blood, and glory, Pain Don’t Hurt can pay tribute to the never-say-die spirit embodied in a guy who refuses to backpedal, regardless of the odds.
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