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For six decades the World Colored Heavyweight Championship was a useful tool of racial oppression--the existence of the title far more important to the white public than its succession of champions. It took some extraordinary individuals, most notably Jack Johnson, to challenge the color line in the ring, although the title and the black fighters who contended for it continued until the reign of Joe Louis a generation later. This history traces the advent and demise of the Championship, the stories of the 28 professional athletes who won it, and the demarcation of the color line both in and out of the ring.
What's it like to share the ring with a British boxing legend? Facing the Hitman charts the career of one of Britain's best-loved boxers, as seen through the eyes of 12 key opponents who helped shape the legend of Ricky 'the Hitman' Hatton. From his professional debut at a Widnes leisure centre in 1997, to the Manchester star's final fight in an emotional comeback in his Manchester Arena fortress, you'll get the inside story from a dozen men who dared to test their mettle against Hatton. The book delves into the pre-fight build-up and psychological preparation of his opponents, before examining fight night itself, what it was like to go toe to toe with the Hitman and what happened afterwards. Follow Ricky's rise from humble beginnings on a Manchester council estate through to becoming a two-weight world champion - from his pro debut against journeyman Colin McAuley, to his British title clash with the formidable Jon Thaxton and his fights at elite level against the likes of Kostya Tszyu, Paulie Malignaggi and Floyd Mayweather Jr.
Hats, Handwraps and Headaches is the inspiring, surprising and sometimes shocking story of Irish boxing coach Paddy Fitzpatrick, a failed pro boxer who was almost a Foreign Legionary before finding fame as a trainer of world-class fighters. After struggling as a young adult and attempting suicide, Paddy's life was transformed by a chance meeting with Hall of Fame trainer Freddie Roach. Paddy moved to LA to learn his trade at Roach's Wild Card gym, working with the likes of world champions James Toney and Laila Ali, and spending time with Laila's legendary father Muhammad Ali. Back in England, Paddy used the things he had learnt to take George Groves to three world title fights, including the return super-fight with Carl Froch, which drew 80,000 fans to Wembley Stadium. Filled with astonishing anecdotes - like the time Paddy took shots from a Heavyweight contender and a near-miss with a grizzly bear - Hats, Handwraps and Headaches is funny and poignant in equal measure, with riveting tales from both sides of the Atlantic.
This collection of award-winning boxing journalist Mike Silver's best articles from the past 40 years features a colorful mix of hard-hitting exposes and light-hearted stories that include legendary boxers such as Sugar Ray Robinson, Muhammad Ali, Oscar De La Hoya, and more. The boxing world has witnessed some spectacular and iconic moments, from the Thrilla in Manila to the last encounter between Sugar Ray Robinson and Jake LaMotta. In The Night the Referee Hit Back: Memorable Moments from the World of Boxing, award-winning boxing journalist Mike Silver looks back at some of boxing's most legendary fights, talks with Hall of Famers Archie Moore, Carlos Ortiz, Emile Griffith and Curtis Cokes, and analyzes the changes that have taken place in boxing since the Golden Age. This collection, drawn from the author's best articles from the past 40 years, are a colorful mix of hard-hitting exposes, interviews, and light-hearted stories featuring boxers such as Floyd Mayweather Jr., Joe Frazier, Oscar De La Hoya, and Muhammad Ali. Mike Silver captures the essence, charisma, tragedy, and romance of boxing like no one else. Featuring numerous historical and iconic photographs, The Night the Referee Hit Back is a fascinating and valuable collection for boxing fans and sports historians alike.
The violent sport of boxing shaped and was shaped by notions of Mexican national identity during the twentieth century. This book reveals how boxing and boxers became sources of national pride and sparked debates on what it meant to be Mexican, masculine, and modern. The success of world-champion Mexican boxers played a key role in the rise of Los Angeles as the center of pugilistic activity in the United States. This international success made the fighters potent symbols of a Mexican culture that was cosmopolitan, nationalist, and masculine. With research in archives on both sides of the border, the author uses their life stories to trace the history and meaning of Mexican boxing.
Inside Madison Square Garden, the City Ring was the altar of pugilism from 1925 until 2007. Hosting countless championship fights, historic main events and memorable undercards, it was center stage of boxing history. The ring now rests at the International Boxing Hall of Fame in Canastota, New York-its 132 assembled pieces memorializing a key facet of 20th century American life. While many books have been written about great fistic contests that took place at Madison Square Garden, this is the first to focus on its Holy Grail.
This is the first description of how boxing was reborn in Europe after the end of the ancient world. It tells the birth of modern boxing: how boxing began as a criminal activity in England; how it then became a sport supported by the aristocracy and the king; how it then was outlawed; and finally, how it became a sport popular around the world. Modern boxing could only have begun in England. It was made possible by the native English sense of Fair Play. Boxing then repaid its debt by saving England from revolution. Because of boxing, Englishmen avoided the violent societal clashes common to France and Germany during the eighteenth, nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Because of boxing, Englishmen avoided the violence of the stiletto and the assassin's knife. British boxing also drove out the sword and pistol duels common to other countries. Despite being a brutal sport, boxing made England one of the safest countries in the world. The book describes the meaning of the rituals of boxing: The parade to the ring, the ring itself, the meaning of the handshakes before and after the fight, why a knock-down does not end the fight, and why only two men fight at a time. This is the first book on boxing to rely on material from medieval manuscripts. It has extensive footnotes and a large bibliography.
This work brings a fresh perspective to the history of modern prizefighting, a sport which has evolved over several centuries to become one of mankind's most lasting and valued sporting attractions. With his primary focus outside the ropes, the author shows how organizers, publicity agents, and political allies overcame both legal and moral roadblocks to make fisticuffing a lively commercial enterprise. The book begins with the clandestine bare-knuckle fights in eighteenth-century London, and ends with the vibrant, large-scale productions of modern Las Vegas fight nights. Along the way, he explains many of the myths about antiquarian prizefighters, describes the origins of slave fight folklore, and examines the forces that transformed Las Vegas into the world's leading venue for important fights.
Thomas Hauser has become must reading in the boxing community, and his latest book demonstrates why. Boxing Is . . . brings together all of Hauser's 2009 articles. In them, Hauser illuminates the behind-the-scenes stories of the year's most memorable personalities and events. He takes us from Manny Pacquiao's dressing room in the tense moments before 2009's biggest fight to an in-depth portrait of the incomparable Sugar Ray Robinson, all the while continuing to show why his annual collections, avidly anticipated by fans and critics alike, have become, according to columnist Bart Barry, an essential part of boxing's official record and the chronicles of this era most likely to endure.
Commenting on Thomas Hauser's annual collections of articles on boxing, Ring Magazine declared, What makes Hauser's stories so extraordinary is that the man many consider 'The Dean of Boxing Writers' refuses to allow his admiration for the sport to blind him to its dark side. His annual volumes on boxing have become required reading for hardcore and casual fans alike. Straight Writes and Jabs is the latest in the popular series. It brings readers into the dressing room with elite champions in the moments before some of 2012's biggest fights. Hauser's award-winning investigative journalism is on display in a groundbreaking expose of the use of performance-enhancing drugs. There's a look back in time at the incomparable Archie Moore and much more. Thomas Hauser is the author of forty-five books. His first work, Missing, was made into an Academy Award-winning film. He later authored Muhammad Ali: His Life and Times, the definitive biography of the most famous fighter ever. In 2004, the Boxing Writers Association of America honored Hauser with the Nat Fleischer Award for Career Excellence in Boxing Journalism.