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… See more details below

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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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781476602189
Publisher:
McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date:
10/15/2008
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
7 MB

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