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The Arc of Boxing: The Rise and Decline of the Sweet Science
     

The Arc of Boxing: The Rise and Decline of the Sweet Science

by Mike Silver
 

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Are today's boxers better than their predecessors, or is modern boxing a shadow of its former self? Boxing historians discuss the socioeconomic and demographic changes that have affected the quality, prominence and popularity of the sport over the past century. Among the interviewees are world-renowned scholars, some of the sport's premier trainers, and former amateur

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Are today's boxers better than their predecessors, or is modern boxing a shadow of its former self? Boxing historians discuss the socioeconomic and demographic changes that have affected the quality, prominence and popularity of the sport over the past century. Among the interviewees are world-renowned scholars, some of the sport's premier trainers, and former amateur and professional world champions. Chapters cover such topics as the ongoing deterioration of boxers' skills, their endurance, the decline in the number of fights and the psychological readiness of championship-caliber boxers. The strengths and weaknesses of today's superstars are analyzed and compared to those of such past greats as Joe Louis, Sugar Ray Robinson, Jack Dempsey and Jake LaMotta.

Editorial Reviews

cyberboxingzone.com
I loved everything about this book...should be required reading...very interesting...highly recommend it
Boxing Digest
Is a must...meticulous research.
newsblaze.com
Compelling...entertaining treasure trove of boxing 'insider' knowledge.
thesweetscience.com
The most definitive analyses...I have ever read...belongs on every fan's bookshelf...a must-read.
Philadelphia Daily News
lively...Silver explored the magic, studied the history
Newsday.com
if you care about boxing...it's future, it's past or both...then you have to read this book...thoroughly researched...articulately argued
Journal of Sport History
[r]ecommended as a valuable source to give historians a raft of interesting insights on [the] sport.
The Ring
true aficionados, whether they ultimately agree with Silver or not, are sure to enjoy his book for its unmistakable knowledge and passion
From the Publisher
“lively...Silver explored the magic, studied the history”—Philadelphia Daily News; “if you care about boxing...it’s future, it’s past or both...then you have to read this book...thoroughly researched...articulately argued”—Newsday.com; “[r]ecommended as a valuable source to give historians a raft of interesting insights on [the] sport.”—Journal of Sport History; “true aficionados, whether they ultimately agree with Silver or not, are sure to enjoy his book for its unmistakable knowledge and passion”—The Ring; “I loved everything about this book...should be required reading...very interesting...highly recommend it”—Cyber Boxing Zone; “is a must...meticulous research”—Boxing Digest; “compelling...entertaining treasure trove of boxing ‘insider’ knowledge”—newsblaze.com; “the most definitive analyses...I have ever read...belongs on every fan’s bookshelf...an important work that reverberates with insight and wisdom...a must-read”—thesweetscience.com; “Lots of people know boxing, but not many understand it: its spirit, its cultural significance, its storied past and probable future. Mike Silver is one of the few...anything he writes is essential reading for the true fan of the sport.”—David Margolick, author of Beyond Glory: Joe Louis vs. Max Schmeling, and a World on the Brink; “Mike Silver is the go-to guy when boxing historians need information. His eye-opening book argues strongly that boxing ain’t what it used to be. Argue back if you want, but not before considering his opinions and the facts. A must-read for all fight fans, especially the young ones who think the sport started with Mike Tyson.”—Steve Farhood, boxing analyst for Showtime and former editor-in-chief of The Ring magazine.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781476602189
Publisher:
McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date:
04/30/2014
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
1,178,262
File size:
7 MB

Meet the Author

Mike Silver is a former boxing promoter and inspector with the New York State Athletic Commission whose many articles on boxing have appeared in the New York Times, The Ring magazine, Boxing Monthly and ESPN and Seconds Out websites.

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