Facing Ali: 15 Fighters/15 Stories

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Muhammad Ali cast a blinding light on his sport, on the tumultuous times in which he reigned as champion, and on all the people who surrounded him, including the fighters brave enough to stand alone, across the ring from the greatest heavyweight champion of all time.
Ali's own story has been told repeatedly, but the stories of those who faced him have been mostly ignored. For each, the moments alone in the ring with Ali changed their lives. Facing Ali tells the stories, in the ...
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Overview


Muhammad Ali cast a blinding light on his sport, on the tumultuous times in which he reigned as champion, and on all the people who surrounded him, including the fighters brave enough to stand alone, across the ring from the greatest heavyweight champion of all time.
Ali's own story has been told repeatedly, but the stories of those who faced him have been mostly ignored. For each, the moments alone in the ring with Ali changed their lives. Facing Ali tells the stories, in the fighters' own words, of fifteen men from around the world, from famous names like Joe Frazier, George Foreman, and Henry Cooper, to lesser lights like Tunney Hunsaker and Jurgen Blin and George Chuvalo. Facing Ali offers a unique perspective on what it was like to fight Ali, and gives new insights into the character of a man who is arguably the most recognized man on the planet.
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Editorial Reviews

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A Sports Illustrated Book-of-the-Year Pick

"This book should become one of the essential works for understanding the legendary fighter."
Publishers Weekly, Starred Review

"These are men of substance, worth getting to know. Brunt does them justice, but the author has done something even more impressive: He has found something new to report about Muhammad Ali." Sports Illustrated

"Brunt does an excellent job of bringing his subjects out of the shadow of The Greatest, recounting their often poignant tales of life before and after their dates with the champ. In the end, of course, we learn more about Ali."
Library Journal

"Makes it clear that boxing sure could use an Ali today--or any day."
Kirkus Reviews 2002 Canadian Sportswriter of the Year:

"FACING ALI has winner writtern all over it."--Bert Sugar, former editor, The Ring

"Brunt knows the sport of boxing cold and has given a voice to those whose customary mode of expression is their fists."--Quill & Quire, Canada's Magazine of Book News and Reviews

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781592284061
  • Publisher: Lyons Press, The
  • Publication date: 4/1/2004
  • Edition description: First edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 938,598
  • Product dimensions: 5.14 (w) x 8.56 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author


Stephen Brunt is Canada's premier sportswriter and commentator. He is the lead columnist for Toronto's Globe and Mail and won the Michener Award for his piece on negligence and corruption in boxing. He was nominated for Canada's National Newspaper Award for his account of meeting with Ali.
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Table of Contents

Seconds Out: Introduction 1
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
Acknowledgments 299
Photo Credits 301
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  • Posted May 8, 2011

    Facing Ali is a Knockout!

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 15, 2003

    Just Right

    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.

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