Standing Eight: The Inspiring Story of Jesus "El Matador" Chavez

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Standing Eight is the stirring account of the life of current IBF Lightweight Champion of the world, Jesus Chavez. Born in 1972, Gabriel Sandoval, Jesus? real name, grew up in the impoverished city of Delicias, Mexico. At seven, he swam across the Rio Grande with his mother and younger sister to join his father, an illegal worker in Chicago. There Gabriel learned both English and boxing, eventually winning three Gold Glove championships. After serving jail time for robbery and being deported to Mexico twice as an...

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Overview

Standing Eight is the stirring account of the life of current IBF Lightweight Champion of the world, Jesus Chavez. Born in 1972, Gabriel Sandoval, Jesus’ real name, grew up in the impoverished city of Delicias, Mexico. At seven, he swam across the Rio Grande with his mother and younger sister to join his father, an illegal worker in Chicago. There Gabriel learned both English and boxing, eventually winning three Gold Glove championships. After serving jail time for robbery and being deported to Mexico twice as an illegal, he returned to the U.S. and now resides in Austin, Texas, where he plans to defend his title in November 2006.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780306815355
  • Publisher: Da Capo Press
  • Publication date: 4/9/2007
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 5.46 (w) x 8.70 (h) x 0.76 (d)

Meet the Author

Adam Pitluk is a contributor to TIME magazine and is the author of Standing Eight. He spent most of the 1990s living along various rivers in Missouri and now lives in Dallas, Texas.

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Table of Contents


Prologue     ix
Shining City Upon a Hill     1
West Side     21
Promises     37
Stateville     49
Stranger in a Strange Land     68
House of Lord     87
King of Britannia     102
Terri     117
Viva Mexico     134
We're up Here, and They Just Don't Know     155
Just a Camera     168
Homecoming     175
El Terrible     202
"The Fight Could Go Either Way"     221
Interviews and Bibliography     233
Acknowledgments     239
About the Author     242
Index     243
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