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Old 06-04-2012, 04:13 PM   #61
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I still got a fair few on the bookshelf left to read:

Joe Louis
David Haye (1 shop otherwise wouldn't have bought)
Muhammad Ali
Amir Khan (As with Hayes)
harry Holland

Just downloaded Joe Gans and Peter Jackson's onto my kindle as well
That Harry Holland one is ok, comes across as the typical tough guy book though rather than the boxing side of things ( sure it's there, but it's nothing special, every other word is either **** or cunt also ) No prob with swearing but when it's on every page multiple times it gets old fast.
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Old 06-04-2012, 04:27 PM   #62
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Just read Barry McGuigan's Cyclone and really enjoyed it. SugarRay's new one was good and remeber really enjoying the 1st Tyson one from the 90s.
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Old 06-04-2012, 04:43 PM   #63
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I liked the Nigel Benn one
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Old 06-04-2012, 04:43 PM   #64
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Just ordered Mickey Duff's
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Old 06-04-2012, 05:14 PM   #65
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im thinking of getting tapias mi vida loca has anyone read it ?imagine it being a top read, i also liked benns book he was honest from him loosing his brother to his army days and also the g man fight maybe biased as he was the reason i started watching boxing
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Old 06-04-2012, 07:33 PM   #66
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Thought de la Hoya's was pretty good to start with but tailed off for me personally. The 2nd half of the book is the polar opposite of Calzaghe's where there is very little on the boxing side of things and more of his business interests, I would have loved to have seen him go into a bit more detpth of the time around the Vargas fight.

Having said that I was quite impressed with how honest he was about some of his personal problems, although events after the book was released quite clearly showed that he hadn't got over some of his demons.
I thought it was terrible, he showed no emotion, went into no detail about anything and talked more about Al Haymon than any of his fights.

I qualified for the Olympics and swept through it winning the gold, it felt great.' - its like that all the way through.
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Old 06-04-2012, 07:51 PM   #67
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The best bit about Benn's one was his strict dad trying to keep him and his wayward brothers in line, a losing battle by all accounts. I will need to look out the Joe Louis one.
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Old 06-05-2012, 05:01 AM   #68
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I'd also appreciate a PM regarding a Bivins book!
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Old 06-05-2012, 05:10 AM   #69
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I'll pm the details now.
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Old 06-05-2012, 05:43 AM   #70
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Oscar's was very good.
It was interesting in some ways, but I wouldn't go as far as to call it good.

He acknowledges his gambling addiction, but does so in a way that down plays it. He acknowledges the rape accusation, but doesn't go into any detail. Fair enough if there's a confidentiality agreement there, but I doubt he'd even have mentioned it if so. He makes a massive deal out of being "robbed" then almost justifies the gift he received against Sturm with "I've been robbed before, plus if I'd felt better at the weight I'd have won".

But the most interesting thing about the book is Oscar declaring he and his brother were neglected as children because his parents - who pretty much worked constantly to provide for their family - didn't "encourage" him or tell him he was loved enough. It particularly seems aimed at his father. It comes across as though Oscar has no concept of what children who are actually neglected go through. His need to be told how special he is might very well stem from his childhood, but that doesn't mean one was abused or neglected.

I also liked him criticising Chavez's lifestyle - pretty funny now all things considered.
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Old 06-05-2012, 06:02 AM   #71
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has anyone read herol's recent effort? any good? going to purchase a few now.
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Old 06-05-2012, 06:09 AM   #72
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I loved Sugar Rays book.

I hope Mick Williamson writes one. "Tales of a cut man" - that sort of thing would be interesting. (To me anyway)
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Old 06-05-2012, 06:45 AM   #73
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Old 06-05-2012, 06:50 AM   #74
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Johnny Tapia and Jesus Chavez books are both brilliant
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Old 06-05-2012, 09:35 AM   #75
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Benn's book in a nutshell is "I shagged a load of birds and nailed loads of cars". Not as much boxing in there as you'd like really.
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