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Old 01-24-2013, 12:46 AM   #1
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I have recently read books on Tunney, Ross, A. Mercante, A Dundee and am looking for some more....

1 What are the best boxing books you have read?

2. Particularly interested in boxers from the 1950's and earlier...what are the best ones in this regard?

3. Any good books from the fighters of the bare knuckle era?
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If you haven't the Langford book is a must read. Babyface Goes to Hollywood is excellent. Try one if the Sullivan Bios if you want a bare knuckle guy; dude practically invented the 'modern' heavyweight champion.
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Old 01-24-2013, 12:56 AM   #3
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If you haven't the Langford book is a must read. Babyface Goes to Hollywood is excellent. Try one if the Sullivan Bios if you want a bare knuckle guy; dude practically invented the 'modern' heavyweight champion.
Thanks! Any certain Sullivan bio you would recommend as a starting point???
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Has anyone read Ted Kid Lewis: His Life and Times by Morton Lewis???

Or Billy Miske: The St. Paul Thunderbolt by Clay Moyle?
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If you haven't the Langford book is a must read. Babyface Goes to Hollywood is excellent. Try one if the Sullivan Bios if you want a bare knuckle guy; dude practically invented the 'modern' heavyweight champion.

I'd imagine it's pretty damn good. The damn price won't come down.
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Thanks! Any certain Sullivan bio you would recommend as a starting point???
I've only read the Isner one but Pollack posts on here and researches like mad. Plus you can read those (he's doing a heavyweight series) in order.
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1 What are the best boxing books you have read?

2. Particularly interested in boxers from the 1950's and earlier...what are the best ones in this regard?
"Nipper: The Amazing Story of Boxing's Wonderboy." Fascinating writing, and even more fascinating story. Tale of boxing wonderboy, Nipper Pat Daly, who turned pro at 9 and took the world by storm (world-ranked by The RING at 16, etc.,). But here's the best part -- it goes much more beyond just Pat Daly's career and life. But the entire book ends up being homage and a tribute to any boxer whose career was cut short through the barbarism and lack of proper fighter care of the 1920's.

A must read, to say the least. [Only registered and activated users can see links. ]

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3. Any good books from the fighters of the bare knuckle era?

I've read Bob Mee's "Bare Fists." You'll definitely get the information and insight you need out of this book but.. the writing just SUCKS. He's such a bore and his feeble attempts at humor don't make matters any better. It's seriously painful getting through the entire book.
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"Nipper: The Amazing Story of Boxing's Wonderboy." Fascinating writing, and even more fascinating story. Tale of boxing wonderboy, Nipper Pat Daly, who turned pro at 9 and took the world by storm (world-ranked by The RING at 16, etc.,). But here's the best part -- it goes much more beyond just Pat Daly's career and life. But the entire book ends up being homage and a tribute to any boxer whose career was cut short through the barbarism and lack of proper fighter care of the 1920's.

A must read, to say the least. [Only registered and activated users can see links. ]




I've read Bob Mee's "Bare Fists." You'll definitely get the information and insight you need out of this book but.. the writing just SUCKS. He's such a bore and his feeble attempts at humor don't make matters any better. It's seriously painful getting through the entire book.
Thanks!
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I just ordered a few:

Joe Gans

Archie Moore Ageless warrior

John L. by A.J. Pollack

The Onion Picker

Any feed back on any of these?
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Archie Moore Ageless warrior
I really enjoyed that one.
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Just started reading "In the Ring with James J Jeffries" by Pollack. Very thorough and well researched with alot of pictures, first hand accounts, quotes etc. If you have any interest in him buy the book, over 600 pages of very well researched detail.
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not trying to be a asshole here, just trying to give you some info. This thread has been done...many times....i aint giving you shit about making it, just saying you could look those up and find many ideas.
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not trying to be a asshole here, just trying to give you some info. This thread has been done...many times....i aint giving you shit about making it, just saying you could look those up and find many ideas.
Then I will just figure that it comes naturally!

I am aware that this thread has been done, and I used the search function to see what was out there as well. I also had a certain criteria that was not covered in all of them, and I wanted some new recommendations that may not have come before...There are a good many threads on here that have been done to death...If I get annoyed with them I just stay away! Peace!
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Have you got a copy of "In This Corner .." by Peter Heller ?
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Old 01-24-2013, 05:16 AM   #15
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Have you got a copy of "In This Corner .." by Peter Heller ?
No I don't but it sounds cool...thanks!
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