Four Kings: Leonard, Hagler, Hearns, Duran and the Last Great Era of Boxing

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Their names are legendary: Sugar Ray Leonard, Marvelous Marvin Hagler, Thomas Hit Man Hearns, and Roberto Duran. They were exceptional boxers with unique combinations of power and speed. In another era, with few rivals of equal caliber, each might have held championship belts for years on end. But as it was, they matured together in the 1980s and fought each other as middleweights. With unforgettable courage and skill, they ruled the ring and ushered in the last Golden Age of ...

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Overview

Their names are legendary: Sugar Ray Leonard, Marvelous Marvin Hagler, Thomas Hit Man Hearns, and Roberto Duran. They were exceptional boxers with unique combinations of power and speed. In another era, with few rivals of equal caliber, each might have held championship belts for years on end. But as it was, they matured together in the 1980s and fought each other as middleweights. With unforgettable courage and skill, they ruled the ring and ushered in the last Golden Age of boxing.

George Kimball takes an authoritative look at the rivalries that fueled this great era in sports history. Veteran sports journalist Kimball reported on every one of the Four Kings’ nine internecine fights. Here his eye-witness coverage is enhanced by recent interviews with each of the boxers and other seasoned analysts. The result is a fast-paced, blow-by-blow account of four extraordinary adversaries and a remarkable boxing epoch.

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Editorial Reviews

Sports Illustrated

Boxing's last Golden Age gets the book it deserves. Kimball's breezy, detail-packed book . . . provides vivid, knowledgeable accounts of the action. He also draws clear colorful portraits of [the] four fighters.

Booklist Online
Top 10 Sports Books of 2009.
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Kimball resurrects Sugar Ray Leonard, Marvin Hagler, Thomas Hearns, and Roberto Duran from the mists of memory, re-creating the nine bouts the middleweights fought against one another in the 1980s. A great boxing book.
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Chosen for Booklist Online's 10 Top Sports Books of 2009

"Kimball's accounts of the fights are riveting blow-by-blows, the 'big event' context is palpably rendered, and each of the fighters reemerges from the mists of memory as colorful and compelling as ever. Boxing fans . . . will savor Kimball's work."  —Booklist

"Boxing's last Golden Age gets the book it deserves. Kimball's breezy, detail-packed book . . . provides vivid, knowledgeable accounts of the action. He also draws clear colorful portraits of [the] four fighters."  —Sports Illustrated

"George Kimball is one of America's best-loved sportswriters and Four Kings shows why. With skill, grace, and humor, he brings to life a remarkable era and four uniquely gifted athletes."  —Jeremy Schaap, ESPN reporter and author, Cinderella Man: James J. Braddock, Max Baer and the Greatest Upset in Boxing History

"Four Kings is a thriller and George Kimball a prince among sportswriters . . . an epic poem of a book, a book that lifts the heart."  —Frank McCourt, author, Angela's Ashes, 'Tis, and Teacher Man

"Kimball writes with insight and humor. The bigger the fight, the better he tells it."  —Thomas Hauser, author, Muhammad Ali: His Life and Times

"A a terrific book. Kimball was there and never missed a moment of it. His account of the fighters, the fights and the colorful supporting players is rich with insights and details."  —Vincent Patrick, author, The Pope of Greenwich Village and Family Business

"Very accurate and well-researched . . . a phenomenon . . . well-written. I couldn't put it down. I loaned it to a friend and he won't give it back"  —Emanuel Steward, World Champion Boxing trainer

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781590132388
  • Publisher: McBooks Press
  • Publication date: 9/1/2009
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 694,010
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

George Kimball spent a quarter-century as a sports columnist for the Boston Herald. In 1985 he was awarded the Nat Fleischer Award for Excellence in Boxing Journalism from the Boxing Writers Association of America. He was an eyewitness to all nine of the bouts between the Four Kings and has covered nearly 400 world title fights in a four-decade sports writing career.

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    Posted October 28, 2013

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    Great book

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    Posted June 17, 2013

    Nuffy

    Very good read. What a time for boxing fans. Sine then boxing is not a pimple on Durans ass. The book brings back a lot of good memories going to see these warriors at the big screen at the race track.

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  • Posted July 12, 2011

    Very insightful!!!

    If you are a boxing fan of the 80's you will love this book.

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