Your favourite boxing book

Discussion in 'Classic Boxing Forum' started by Jel, Jun 23, 2022 at 10:31 AM.

  1. bboyrei

    bboyrei Member Full Member

    Aug 23, 2021
    Smokin Joe’s autobiography, and “The Last Great Fight” chronicling the careers of Tyson and Douglas.
  2. Journeyman92

    Journeyman92 Resident Gadfly Full Member

    Sep 22, 2021
    In terms of entertainment nothing comes close to Mike Tyson's Undisputed Truth for me.
  3. Mike Cannon

    Mike Cannon Well-Known Member Full Member

    Apr 29, 2020
    Great stuff buddy, this from Peter Wilson ( Daily Mirror )
    " Then like the car you don't see, came the right, the terrifying right, that left Walcot looking down his own spine . Rocky half threw a left, but pulled the power, it wasn't needed "
    " Of all the dirty fighters I have seen, and I have seen plenty, the roughest,toughest, meanest fighter I ever saw was a flame headed FW called Joe " Sandy " Saddler "
    " Basilio posed just one problem to Robinson, you can beat me, BUT you will have to take my heart out, then stomp on it "
    " The heat, the suffocating heat, no Sahara desert could be so hot, you could not breath, the breaths you did take were searing your throat, your shirt was sodden with sweat, the seat beneath you claimed your trousers, as a lovers embrace, the referee was one of its victims, little Ruby seemed to have shrunk under its unforgiving glare, Maxim didn't beat Robinson, he could nether have beaten him, the mercury in the little needle was the culprit "
    Stay safe guys.
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  4. janitor

    janitor Obsessed with Boxing Full Member

    Feb 15, 2006
    The first Pollack Sullivan biography.

    Yes the second version improved on it considerably, but the first book revealed a hidden prehistoric monster, that was only just now being dug out of the earth!
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  5. Richard M Murrieta

    Richard M Murrieta Boxing Junkie Full Member

    Jul 16, 2019
    Muhammad Ali Who Once Was Cassius Clay by John Cottrell, circa 1967.
  6. Journeyman92

    Journeyman92 Resident Gadfly Full Member

    Sep 22, 2021
    Flame of pure fire by Robert Khan is marvellous.
  7. Mark Dunham

    Mark Dunham Active Member Full Member

    Mar 19, 2021
    The War which I bought off Amazon

    It's about a middleweight fight that nobody wanted to see at first but eventually turned into a matchup that captivated the country and became the fight of the 80s. great detail and insight. Must read
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  8. Eddie Ezzard

    Eddie Ezzard Well-Known Member Full Member

    Jan 19, 2016
    No other sport lends itself to writing in the way boxing does, does it? Very visceral stuff from Peter.

    Bert Sugar, for all his faults, had a nice turn of phrase. He had no problem repeating them - how often did he talk of 'putting the toothpaste back in the tube? - but one that sticks out is his description of Foreman's comeback.

    'At an age where all he should be exercising is caution, he has thrown that to the wind, along with' ... cue description of punches which I don't recall. I have read lots of sport columnists. Only in boxing have I read sentences that I can repeat verbatim 30 years later.
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  9. Saintpat

    Saintpat Obsessed with Boxing Full Member

    Jun 26, 2009
    I love some others mentioned in this thread — Mailer’s ‘The Fight,’ ‘Four Kings’ and others — but this is the one I keep going back to (was just rereading the ‘Ahab and Nemesis’ chapter on Marciano-Moore the other night) and your take on the writing is spot on.

    Liebling had the gift. He also understood the game and hung out with Whitey Bimstein and Freddie Brown and others and was able to make it relatable to the reader (often with great humor). Furthermore, he understood the experience of going to live fights, capturing the banter of people in the stands and how they have ‘conversations’ when rooting for opposite guys with what they yell out during fights.

    A few memorable passages (forgive me if I don’t get them word for word):

    On Marciano returning to his corner after Archie Moore stared him down during instructions: “More than ever, he resembled a Great Dane who has heard the word ‘bone.’”

    Asking a matchmaker at a card that’s being televised on the weekly network fights sponsored by Gillette if the main event is going to be a good fight, the man replies: “They must think it will sell razor blades.”

    Relating a call from a ticket buyer in the crowd at a club show where one of the main event participants arrived late due to getting on the wrong subway, delaying the fight, and getting (IIRC) knocked down in the first round, upon rising: “Why don’t you hang around? You made us wait long enough.” (The guy dug in and lasted the distance.)

    Liebling manages to capture not only the mentality of the fighters and their managers/trainers and the action, but also the experience of going to the fights.

    I’ll keep rereading it til the day I pass.
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  10. Saintpat

    Saintpat Obsessed with Boxing Full Member

    Jun 26, 2009
    Haven’t read it yet but I should.

    Slight correction: It’s Roger Kahn, who wrote what I (and many others) think is the best baseball book ever written, ‘The Boys of Summer.’
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  11. RulesMakeItInteresting

    RulesMakeItInteresting Boxing Addict Full Member

    Mar 23, 2019
    Tie between The Greatest by the Greatest and the Fight by Mailer.
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  12. BoB Box

    BoB Box New Member Full Member

    Jun 13, 2022
    Those all are some good books. I would add The Cus D'Amato Mind by Reemus Boxing.
  13. RulesMakeItInteresting

    RulesMakeItInteresting Boxing Addict Full Member

    Mar 23, 2019
    Hmm looks like I'll have to read this, the Frazier, and Holmes.
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  14. Seamus

    Seamus Proud Kulak Full Member

    Feb 11, 2005
    I found that book really underwhelming. A bunch anecdotes I had heard before taped together with sloppy mythologizing.
  15. Clinton

    Clinton Obsessed with Boxing Full Member

    Jan 22, 2009
    Great thread and great choices, Gents! Thanks for the education.