Dick Tiger: The Life and Times of a Boxing Immortal

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Dick Tiger was perhaps the greatest fighter to come out of the African continent. Emerging from an environment devoid of substantive traditions in boxing, he would overcome a litany of obstacles before becoming a two-time undisputed world middleweight titlist and an undisputed light heavyweight champion. 'The Life and Times of a Boxing Immortal,' the first comprehensive biography of Dick Tiger, puts the man in the context of his times. A migrant fighter to Liverpool, the repository of West African born fighters ...
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Overview

Dick Tiger was perhaps the greatest fighter to come out of the African continent. Emerging from an environment devoid of substantive traditions in boxing, he would overcome a litany of obstacles before becoming a two-time undisputed world middleweight titlist and an undisputed light heavyweight champion. 'The Life and Times of a Boxing Immortal,' the first comprehensive biography of Dick Tiger, puts the man in the context of his times. A migrant fighter to Liverpool, the repository of West African born fighters who kept the British game alive during the industry wide recession of the 1950s, Tiger later moved to America where he established a marquee value seldom attained by non-American fighters and where he played a prominent role as an 'in-house' fighter at the 'Mecca of Boxing,' New York City's Madison Square Garden. His life also personified the hopes, aspirations and the tragedy of the Igbo ethnic group. An avowed apostle of Biafran secession from Nigeria, Tiger's support would cost him dearly. Here is Dick Tiger as never before explained: The 'blue collar' fighter, ageless ringman, commercial venturer, Nigerian patriot and Biafran rebel. From empty bottle trader to wealthy realtor, from Nigerian boxing booths to Madison Square Garden, from journeyman fighter to world championship fighter; 'The Life and Times of a Boxing Immortal' is a compelling study of human dignity in triumph and in tragedy.
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Editorial Reviews

MondoBoxe.com
"...una straordinaria biografia..."
Italia, November 2005
The Fist
"...has added considerably to (Dick Tiger's) legacy...he tells (Tiger's story)with understated flair...(the book)is a compelling and inspiring read..."
Australia, July 2006
The Ring
"The author is to be commended for his exhaustive research..."
USA, November 2005
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781595710420
  • Publisher: Word Association Publishers
  • Publication date: 4/28/2005
  • Pages: 294
  • Sales rank: 653,962
  • Product dimensions: 5.52 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.77 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements ix
Foreword xi
Introduction xiii
Preface xv
1 Origins
2 Nigerian Boxing and the Great Migration
3 The Fireman
4 Liverpool and the Tax
5 Reborn
6 Not a Visiting Apprentice
7 The Best Middleweight in the World
8 Ibadan
9 A Garden Fighter
10 A Step Up
11 Rebel with a Cause
12 Old Man of Biafra
13 Twilight: ‘As Long as There’s Money’
14 He Never Gave his Heart Away
Chronology
Record
Accolades
Sources
Index

 

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Introduction

From the Introduction
"Richard Ihetu deserves a golden legacy and with this book, a labour of love by Adeyinka Makinde, a fitting tribute is now with us." Ron Lipton, world championship referee.

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Foreword

From the Foreword
"Adeyinka Makinde, in writing this book, has excavated the knowledge and the story of a hero, Dick Tiger, made his life a historical indelibility, and set a course for others to travel. The author’s patient tenacity in researching facts is patently evident in every page of the book." Dr. Paddy Davies, formerly of the Directorate of Biafran Propaganda.

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