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Old 01-23-2013, 02:38 PM   #1
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I just finished reading The Four Kings by George Kimball about Sugar Ray Leonard, Roberto Duran, Tommy Hearns and Marvin Hagler. I loved it, it was a great read but I seemed to detect a little bias against Duran. He seems to be rather down played in the book. They didn't really cover enough about his triumph in the brawl in montreal IMO and seemed to hold SRL, Tommy Hearns and Marvin hagler in a higher regard. Maybe its just me but I dont think the book gives Duran his due personally, anyone else read the book? Like I said it was a great read I loved it but that would be my only criticism. thoughts on the book? on duran?
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Old 01-23-2013, 03:05 PM   #2
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I'm about to give it another spin-through.

This isn't the first time I've heard Kimball accused of showing bias in it, but usually it's said that he skews pro-Hagler rather than anti-Duran.

I found it to be quite even-handed.
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Old 01-23-2013, 08:02 PM   #3
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Oh will probably still read it but dont like him being biased towards anybody in the book
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I thought it was a good read. He used well known facts. The book is going to be most favorable to Ray since he beat everyone of them. Duran lost to all of them, so just on that I am not sure it is biased. Duran won one fight out of 10 superfights, and then he lost the rematch and rubbermatch. Showing too much praise for one win would seemed biased in his favor.
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Old 01-23-2013, 10:57 PM   #5
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Haha its probably because I AM BIASED for Duran and don't think he gets enough credit in the book lol I really like all of the fab four though it really showed their differently personalities and boxing styles and how they all came together. Definitely a great read. I've got Hands of Stone on the way. I'm sure Duran gets all the praise in the world in that book.
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Great book. Cant remember it being too biased but been a while since I read it.
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Haha its probably because I AM BIASED for Duran and don't think he gets enough credit in the book lol I really like all of the fab four though it really showed their differently personalities and boxing styles and how they all came together. Definitely a great read. I've got Hands of Stone on the way. I'm sure Duran gets all the praise in the world in that book.
not enough books are written about boxers and by the boxers. It would be great to see how they felt before fights and if they were honest.
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Old 01-24-2013, 10:34 AM   #8
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i got a chapter to go,great book,is there a video about of the howard cossell wig incident????
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He isn't.
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Old 01-24-2013, 11:39 AM   #10
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I enjoyed it. No particular bias towards anyone in my opinion.
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Old 01-24-2013, 12:55 PM   #11
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I've read this, hands of stone, SRL's autobiography, and Hitman: The Thomas Hearns story.

Four Kings was very good with the facts and figures that Kimball had clearly researched, it gave a good idea of the aftermath of each fight. I also liked the amateur backstory at the beginning. But ultimately it didn't really go into much detail about the fighters themselves. I thought SRL-Duran 1 & 2 got plenty of coverage in the book, I wouldn't say there was bias against Duran

Hands of Stone was a great read, and really did Duran's story and epic life justice. So much information about Duran's youth and life outside of the ring. All it was missing was narrative with Roberto's own perspective on how he felt about his big fights, and the great fighters he faced.

Sugar Ray Leonard's autobiography was my favourite, it was a really honest and personal account from Ray's own perspective. I loved reading about his preparation, including his thoughts and feelings leading up to his biggest fights. And the chaos of his life outside the ring

Hitman:The Thomas Hearns story was a good read, but it is more a narrative of his career, with newspaper quotes thrown in here and there. Doesn't really say much about the man himself.

I'd love to read a Marvin Hagler autobiography, but a guy like Marvin doesn't seem the type who'd be interested in writing one

All in all I'd recommend all of these books
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4 Kings was a shoddy affair IMHO & they could'nt even get a genuine DURAN image for the cover. This book is an undisputed SRL ****sucking fest. Just look who's on top on the cover SRL whacking a Duran look alike. It oooozed smultz. A one way trip of the beautification of SRL for sainthood.
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4 Kings was a shoddy affair IMHO & they could'nt even get a genuine DURAN image for the cover. This book is an undisputed SRL ****sucking fest. Just look who's on top on the cover SRL whacking a Duran look alike. It oooozed smultz. A one way trip of the beautification of SRL for sainthood.
I'm currently reading Four Kings and I couldn't help but notice that the dude supposedly getting whacked by Leonard didn't even look like Duran. Poor indeed.
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Old 01-24-2013, 02:19 PM   #14
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The Four Kings book cover that I got in the US has all 4 fighters standing with their hands raised after a win.
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The Four Kings book cover that I got in the US has all 4 fighters standing with their hands raised after a win.
Same here. Red jacket; four pics of equal dimensions.
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