Bert Sugar on Boxing: The Best of the Sport's Most Notable Writer

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"Entertaining, insightful, and eminently colorful-the next best thing to being at the fights."—New York Sportscene

". . . anyone taking a trip through the sport's hardscrabble past couldn't ask for a better guide..."—The Ring

Known as the "guru" of boxing, Bert Randolph Sugar is one of the most charismatic writers ever to capture the drama of the fight on paper. With a passion for the sport that is rivaled only by his talent for writing about it, Bert Sugar is also regarded as the "unofficial historian" of ...

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Overview

"Entertaining, insightful, and eminently colorful-the next best thing to being at the fights."—New York Sportscene

". . . anyone taking a trip through the sport's hardscrabble past couldn't ask for a better guide..."—The Ring

Known as the "guru" of boxing, Bert Randolph Sugar is one of the most charismatic writers ever to capture the drama of the fight on paper. With a passion for the sport that is rivaled only by his talent for writing about it, Bert Sugar is also regarded as the "unofficial historian" of boxing. With his trademark fedora and always-handy cigar, Sugar is a guaranteed ringside presence. His colorful personality and flamboyant mannerisms are unforgettable whether you are meeting him in person or through his writing. Bert Sugar on Boxing brings out his best.

Here's but a small sampling of what awaits readers:

Many a troubled and troublesome youngster has embraced "The Sweet Science" as a way out, a social staircase out of the mean streets that formed his limited world, fighting his way, bloody hand over bloody hand, up the ladder of acceptance the only way he knows: with his fists.

You see, I was raised in a society, many moons ago, which held to two general axioms: That men were stronger; and women, smarter. And if women are so damned smart, why are they interested in having their features rearranged and acquiring cauliflower ears so pronounced they can be covered with hollandaise sauce?

I will not be dissuaded from attacking those with souls like the undersides of flat rocks any more than ice can be welded or iron melted. There is no shaking-knee factor here.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781592286591
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 10/1/2005
  • Series: On Series
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 312
  • Product dimensions: 7.08 (w) x 9.26 (h) x 0.93 (d)

Meet the Author

Bert Randolph Sugar, one of the most recognizable and colorful personalities in boxing, is also regarded as one of the sport's most outstanding writers and historians. He has served as the editor of The Ring, Boxing Illustrated, and Fight Game magazines, and is the author of over fifty books. He lives in Chappaqua, New York.

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Table of Contents

Introduction v
I Rants and Raves
Statement before the Senate Subcommittee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation 3
After One Hundred Years, Boxing's Critics Continue to Sharpen Old Saws 7
I'd Rather Poke My Eye Out With A Sharp Stick Than Watch Women's Boxing! 11
I Didn't Know Writing Was a Contact Sport 15
Boxers Need a Defense Against the A.M.A.'s Blows 17
On Howard Cosell 23
Boxing: Where Something's Going on All the Time ... Most of It Unsolved 27
Lewis-Tyson: Hell No, I Won't Go 31
Put Boxing's So-Called "Officials" in Charge of the Sahara and It Would Soon Run out of Sand 35
When You're at an Age Where You Go to a Topless Bar and Look at the Menu, then Big George's Win was More than Food for Thought 39
What Gives with All These Comebacks? Enough Already 43
II The Fighters
America Finds a Hero: John L. Sullivan 49
Jack Johnson: Black Champion and White Hopes 69
Jack Dempsey--and Boxing's Golden Age 95
The Reign of Joe Louis, the Brown Bomber 105
Tommy Hearns: A Four-Time Champion Stands Foursquare in History 129
Oscar De La Hoya: Bringing Back the Glory of the Welterweights 133
Roy Jones Jr. vs. the Light Heavyweight Greats: Who would Have Won 137
By Unanimous Decision, Prince Naz is the Best Boxer Today, Sound-for-Sound 145
Lennox Lewis: Britain's First Vertical Champion 149
III The Fights
Jack Dempsey vs. Louis Firpo, September 14, 1923 155
Rocky Graziano vs. Tony Zale, 1946, '47, and '48 163
Rocky Marciano vs. Jersey Joe Walcott, September 23, 1952 167
Carmen Basilio vs. Sugar Ray Robinson, September 23, 1957 171
Archie Moore vs. Yvon Durelle, December 10, 1958 177
Cassius Clay vs. Sonny Liston, February 25, 1964 185
Muhammad Ali vs. Joe Frazier, March 8, 1971 199
George Foreman vs. Joe Frazier, January 22, 1973 209
Aaron Pryor vs. Alexis Arguello, November 12, 1982 211
Roberto Duran vs. Sugar Ray Leonard I, June 20, 1980 217
Sugar Ray Leonard vs. Roberto Duran II, November 25, 1980 223
Larry Holmes vs. Muhammad Ali, October 2, 1980 233
Sugar Ray Leonard vs. Thomas Hearns, September 16, 1981 237
Mike Tyson vs. Evander Holyfield, June 28, 1997 245
IV History
The Way Out 253
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