Ringside: A Treasury of Boxing Reportage

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In this bountiful collection of his best boxing writing of a lifetime, Mr. Schulberg takes his fans all the way back to an epic bare-knuckle contest in England two hundred years ago; draws a revealing portrait of Uncle Mike Jacobs, the impresario of boxing in its Golden Age; expertly places Joe Louis and Muhammad Ali in the social history of their times; brings fans up to date in the careers of the great names of recent decades-Tyson, Holyfield, DeLaHoya, Hopkins, Chico Corrales; and much more. His writing ...

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Overview

In this bountiful collection of his best boxing writing of a lifetime, Mr. Schulberg takes his fans all the way back to an epic bare-knuckle contest in England two hundred years ago; draws a revealing portrait of Uncle Mike Jacobs, the impresario of boxing in its Golden Age; expertly places Joe Louis and Muhammad Ali in the social history of their times; brings fans up to date in the careers of the great names of recent decades-Tyson, Holyfield, DeLaHoya, Hopkins, Chico Corrales; and much more. His writing sparkles with authority and insight. Here is great prose on great fighters, laced with a realistic sense of boxing's wrongs as well as its rights. Publication of Ringside is an event in the world of sports reportage.

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Editorial Reviews

Gordon Marino
The prose of boxing writers who worked before the dominance of television was punchier than the more subdued and wry tones of today’s sports sophisticates. Schulberg’s brash style and sometimes comedic choice of adjectives are refreshingly revenant . A few of the columns that make up the middle rounds of this work will seem outdated to ardent boxing fans. Nevertheless, the essays that take a toehold in the ’40s and ’50s will prove essential reading for all serious students of the sweet science.
— The New York Times
Atlantic Monthly
There's an operatic, carnival-barker quality to Schulberg's reporting...that reflects the high-low vertigo of the best sportswriting.
Telegraph
Schulberg's prose is imperious…Anybody with the slightest interest in the literature of sport should try to get their hands on this book.
— Andrew Baker
Independent
Ringside is that rare thing: a sports book by a writer who has truly lived his subject. Boxing has consumed Shulberg for over half a century and it shows on every absorbing page of this wonderful collection.
— Nick Clarke
Booklist
Throughout, Schulberg exhibits a boxing IQ matched by his wit.
Dartmouth Alumni Magazine
A knockout of a sportswriting collection.
The New York Times - Gordon Marino
Brims with fascinating stories.... Essential reading for all serious students of the sweet science.
The Atlantic Monthly - Benjamin Healy and Benjamin Schwartz
There’s an operatic, carnival-barker quality to Schulberg’s reporting...that reflects the high-low vertigo of the best sports writing.
Jewish Journal of Greater Los Angeles - Robert David Jaffee
Ringside contains Schulberg's mix of erudition and street authenticity.
Hartford Courant - Carole Goldberg
Having covered boxing for more than 60 years...Budd Schulberg knows a thing or two about the sweet science.
Telegraph - Andrew Baker
Schulberg's prose is imperious…Anybody with the slightest interest in the literature of sport should try to get their hands on this book.
Independent - Nick Clarke
Ringside is that rare thing: a sports book by a writer who has truly lived his subject. Boxing has consumed Shulberg for over half a century and it shows on every absorbing page of this wonderful collection.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781566637077
  • Publisher: Dee, Ivan R. Publisher
  • Publication date: 11/25/2006
  • Pages: 368
  • Product dimensions: 6.49 (w) x 9.16 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Budd Schulberg is also the author of What Makes Sammy Run?, The Harder They Fall, The Disenchanted, On the Waterfront (play and screenplay), and Moving Pictures: Memories of a Hollywood Prince. He lives in Westhampton Beach, New York.
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Table of Contents


Acknowledgments     xi
Introduction   Hugh McIlvanney     xv
Tom Cribb vs. Tom Molineaux: The First International Championship Fight     3
Charles Freeman: The Primo Camera of the Nineteenth Century vs. The Tipton Slasher     17
When Boxing Was a Jewish Sport     28
Good Night, Sweet Princes     33
Confessions of an Ex-Fight Manager     38
Joe Louis and Social History     50
Archie Moore: All-Time Senior Citizen Champ     63
Paynight for Old Archie     63
The Champion of Communications     66
Muhammad Ali     71
King of the World     71
My Very Own Ali Movie     76
Arturo Gatti: The Manly Art of No Defense     86
Oscar De La Hoya: The Two-Hundred-Million-Dollar Man     90
Return to the Mecca     90
The Guessing Game: De La Hoya-Whitaker     93
The Oscar Express Rolls On     96
The Welters are Coming! The Welters are Coming!     103
De La Hoya-Trinidad: A Tale of Two Champions     106
Mosley-de la Hoya: My Hometown     110
Mosley-de la Hoya, Act II     119
The Real Main Event: Arum vs. King     123
Lennox Lewis:The Reluctant Dragon     127
Lewis-Golota: The Bigger they are...     127
The Emperor has no Clothes     132
Lennox Lewis: A Want of Passion     135
Roy Jones, Jr.: The Pensacola Pinwheel     140
Genius at Work     140
Jones vs. Griffin: Pretty Boy Loses Ugly     144
The Mouthpiece Hamlet     147
A for Ability, B for Bored     151
Move Over, Ruby Bob-Here Comes Roy Jones!     154
Evander Holyfield: From the Real Deal to the Sad Deal     160
Holyfield-Bowe: Act III (The Rubber Match)     160
Reenter Evander: A Big Night for Him and Him     163
Evander the Holy! The Once and Future Undisputed King     168
Evander's Homecoming and Going     171
Mike Tyson: From Wonderboy to Has-Been     176
The Softer they Fall     176
Tyson Redux: Act I     180
Requiem for a Heavyweight     184
Lewis Takes Tyson to Finishing School     191
The Little Prince: Good Hit, No Field     197
The Night of the Undisputed     201
The "Heavyweight Championship of the World"-or, Four for the Price of One     207
Ricky Hatton and Kostya Tszyu: The British Are Coming!      213
Requiem for a Middleweight     217
Felix Trinidad     222
Trinidad vs. Mayorga: Brain vs. Brawn     222
Winky Wright vs. Felix Trinidad: The King is Dead! Long Live the King!     226
No. 1 Pound-for-Pound: Pretty Boy Floyd Mayweather, Jr.     231
Weightgate, and on to World War III: Diego Corrales vs. Jose Luis Castillo II     236
Boxing Movies 101     245
Fighters and Writers: At the Boxing Hall of Fame     249
Machiavelli on Eighth Avenue     256
Index     347
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