My Fight, Your Fight voted overall Cross Sports Book of the Year

June 17, 2016

After being announced as winner in the Cross International Autobiography of the Year category, My Fight, Your Fight by former UFC champion Ronda Rousey has been crowned Cross Sports Book of the Year.

The 2008 Olympic bronze medallist collected the award two weeks after taking home the inaugural International Autobiography prize from Lord’s Cricket Ground.

Selected by public vote, Californian-born Rousey charted almost 75% of the public vote, followed by New Writer of the Year Two Hours by Ed Caesar and Football Book of the Year winner Guillem Balague and his biography Ronaldo.

My Fight, Your Fight, published by Arrow, charts the challenging career of the star and her struggles as she rose to the top, becoming the most dominant mixed-martial-arts fighter of a generation.

Rousey, who was the first female fighter to sign up to UFC in 2012, said of her victory:

“I’m so grateful for the continuing support of my fans. In My Fight, Your Fight, we wanted to write a book that would transcend nationalities, sports and other boundaries. 

“This award is recognition from the readers that we have been able to do that. The love and support you have shown means the world to me.”

The book was written with Rousey’s sister, Maria Burns Ortiz, who added:

“It was such an honour to receive Cross International Autobiography of the Year in its debut year, and to now win Overall Sports Book of the Year is incredibly humbling. 

“We are so moved that so many readers feel as passionately as we do about this book.”

Nicola Shepherd, Director of Trade /Shopper Marketing at A.T. Cross Company, said that Rousey’s book was inspirational for women everywhere and said:

“It’s a fantastic achievement for Ronda to be announced as the Overall Cross Sports Book of the Year, beating a fantastic collection of books in the process. She is a true champion in every sense of the word. 

“Myself and Cross are proud to award Ronda with this prize alongside the inaugural International Autobiography of the Year. We hope Ronda’s book will inspire more women – young and old – to put pen to paper and write their stories of sporting success.”

The vote was in partnership with National Book Tokens, with £100 of National Book Tokens being awarded to one participant in the vote via a prize draw.

The full list of winners at this month’s Cross Sports Book awards were:

Cross Autobiography of the Year

Max Mosley Formula One and Beyond (Simon and Schuster)

The Times Biography of the Year

Andy Bull Speed Kings (Bantam Press)

Littlehampton Book Services Cricket Book of the Year

Tim Lane and Elliot Cartledge Chasing Shadows: The Life and Death of Peter Roebuck (Hardie Grant)

Cycling Book of the Year

David Millar The Racer (Yellow Jersey Press)

Barclays Football Book of the Year

Guillem Balague Cristiano Ronaldo (Orion)

Illustrated Book of the Year

Bob Martin 1/1000th : The Sports Photography of Bob Martin (Vision Sports Publishing)

Cross International Autobiography of the Year

Ronda Rousey My Fight, Your Fight (Arrow)

Freshtime New Writer of the Year

Ed Caesar Two Hours: The Quest to Run the Impossible Marathon (Viking)

Outstanding Sports Writing of the Year

William Finnegan Barbarian Days: A Surfing Life (Little, Brown)

Rugby Book of the Year

Tom English No Borders: Playing Rugby for Ireland (Arena Sport)

Outstanding Contribution to Sports Writing

Brian Glanville