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|Round 1||Tunney Hunsaker||11|
|Round 2||Henry Cooper||25|
|Round 3||George Chuvalo||47|
|Round 4||Brian London||67|
|Round 5||Karl Mildenberger||81|
|Round 6||Joe Frazier||101|
|Round 7||Jurgen Blin||129|
|Round 8||Joe Bugner||141|
|Round 9||Ken Norton||165|
|Round 10||George Foreman||185|
|Round 11||Chuck Wepner||209|
|Round 12||Ron Lyle||231|
|Round 13||Jean-Pierre Coopman||245|
|Round 14||Earnie Shavers||263|
|Round 15||Larry Holmes||279|
Posted May 8, 2011
In this series of short stories, Stephen Brunt tells the side of the story that has never been seen before; what it was like to face Muhammed Ali in the ring. Brunt does a great job of telling this story from the view of the opponents, usually in a one-on-one interview. He depicts what it was like to square off with the champion in both the public eye at the time, and what was going through the opponent's mind. I like this book because it was very descriptive and in depth. The author really puts you in the ring sometimes. Other times, however, it's almost too much. You get a lot of useless information on the fighters, which gets old.
The major theme in this story is portraying the dynasty that Ali was. It is showed when he is talked about like a god among boxing. Even the opponents that stole a win will still admit how hard he hit. "I stared up at the rafters, clinging on to what I knew then as consciousness. I felt the sting of his right cross stuck to my chin. That is how I knew, I was just hit by the man himself."-Earnie Shavers.
If you're a boxing fan, or someone who just simply wants to know more about the legend, then this is a great read. It is a little long and in depth, but it gives great insight about Muhammed Ali.
Posted April 15, 2003
I like the short-story format of this book - where each chapter describes one of Ali's ring opponents. The chapters are just enough to describe Ali's opponents such that I could picture the characters in my mind, hear their voices as I read, understand their feelings towards Ali and think that I got to know them each briefly. The descriptions of each bout compliment the character definitions by revealing both the opponents view of the fight and an impartial view. There are no overdone rehashes of bygone matches. I was always anxious to read on, and I may have to adjust my opinion of Ali.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.