Peter Brooke-Ball was born in India in 1951, and educated at Wellington College and Exeter University. He left his career with British publisher Marshall Cavendish in 1986 to become a full time writer. Since then his sporting works have included Factfile Sport and the partwork Winners. Derek O'Dell has been involved in boxing since he first entered the ring as a young schoolboy fighter, weighing just 62 pounds. He began reporting boxing in Australia, covering the local fights, and continued his career as a boxing journalist when he returned to Britain. O. F. Snelling has been writing about boxing for over fifty years. Shortly after the Second World War he entered the book trade, in which he stayed for thirty-two years.