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

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About the Book 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. Read more Show Less

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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.

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.

61 photos, graphs, appendix, notes, bibliography, index

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Editorial Reviews

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.
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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780786438495
  • Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
  • Publication date: 10/15/2008
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 7.20 (w) x 10.10 (h) x 0.80 (d)

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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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