Boxing: A Worldwide Record of Bouts and Boxers

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This four-volume reference work covers the history, records and lore of boxers and boxing.

Part I, the longest section, presents alphabetical entries of bare knuckle boxers, and the transitional and Queensberry Rules eras (with more than 2,600 fighters from the latter). Each entry includes dates of birth and death, place of birth, nicknames, a list of fights, and career statistics. Part II covers non-boxers, including referees, promoters, publicists, managers, trainers, cut men, announcers and others. Part III contains records of world title bouts from 1878 through 2010. Part IV lists various records and champions, both amateur and professional, including the all-time leaders in many statistical categories. Part V describes the organization of the sport, tracing the history of weight divisions, world titles and halls of fame. Part VI is an overview of boxing in history and culture (champions of ancient Greece, equipment, gymnasiums, radio and television, literature, drama, the arts, etc.). An appendix offers a timeline of boxing and a bibliography concludes the work.

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Editorial Reviews

SciTech Book News
presents alphabetical entries on about 2,600 boxers from 1791 to the present
Library Journal
Goldman's (Ring Boxing Encyclopedia and Record Book) specialized resource covers the international history of boxing. A large part of the work contains detailed match records for more than 2600 notable professional boxers of the Queensberry (i.e., gloved) era, from 1895 to today. Each entry includes dates of birth and death, place of birth, nicknames, a list of fights, and career statistics. Within the four volumes, there are six parts: boxers, registries of other personnel, world title bouts, records and champions, the organization of the sport, and boxing in history and culture. An appendix offers a time line of boxing history. A similar title is James B. Roberts and Alexander B. Skutt's The Boxing Register: International Boxing Hall of Fame Official Record Book (McBooks Pr., 2011). However, this new title provides biographical information and fight records for more than 180 boxers in the International Boxing Hall of Fame, which Roberts and Skutt's book lacks. VERDICT Providing a wealth of boxing statistics, this resource will appeal to lay readers and scholars interested in boxing and the history of sports. Recommended for specialized reference collections.—Patrick Owens, Central Washington Univ. Lib., Ellensburg, WA
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780786460540
  • Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
  • Publication date: 2/15/2012
  • Pages: 1752
  • Sales rank: 1,018,506
  • Product dimensions: 8.60 (w) x 11.10 (h) x 4.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Herbert G. Goldman is a former editor of The Ring, Boxing Illustrated and Boxing Digest, and the award-winning author of several books. A theatrical researcher at Packard Humanities Institute, he lives in New York.

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