White Collar Boxing: One Man's Journey from the Office to the Ring

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Fists, fury and the sweet science of white collar boxing.

From elite boarding schools to executive boardrooms, white collar boxing has never been more popular. With its roots in the English aristocracy, the "Sweet Science" is gaining fans among the alpha males (and females) of industry, banking, finance, and law.

Now white collar boxer John Oden traces the history of the sport from organized bouts at English ...

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Overview

Fists, fury and the sweet science of white collar boxing.

From elite boarding schools to executive boardrooms, white collar boxing has never been more popular. With its roots in the English aristocracy, the "Sweet Science" is gaining fans among the alpha males (and females) of industry, banking, finance, and law.

Now white collar boxer John Oden traces the history of the sport from organized bouts at English boarding schools in the 19th Century to today's brawls between stockbrokers and bankers. Along the way he details his own transformation from a milquetoast investment banker to "The Pecos Kid," one of the most fearsome white collar boxers in New York.

Boxing legends Gerry Cooney and trainer Emanuel Steward, among others, have enthusiastically embraced white collar boxing. At the intersection of professional and amateur boxing, it has inspired men and women from many different walks of life to participate in the ancient sport.

Each month, bouts are scheduled in the glistening hubs of finance from London to New York—black-tie charity events where some of the world's most powerful businesspeople battle each other into submission. White Collar Boxing is a compelling look at one man's odyssey through this growing phenomenon.

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"Captivating. Heavy hitting. An authentic boxing story that I couldn't put down. Oden has stepped into the ring with a powerful one-two combination of courage and commitment that will inspire readers of all ages to live their dreams. I recommend this book highly."
-Don King, legendary boxing promoter

"Just when you thought everything about boxing had been written, along comes this magnificent book by John Oden giving us a different view from a different pew, one as seen through the eyes of the white collar boxer. White Collar Boxing is deserving of a place on all boxing—no, make that all sports—fans' bookshelves."
-Bert Randolph Sugar, Boxing Hall of Fame writer

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781578262076
  • Publisher: Hatherleigh Press
  • Publication date: 11/15/2005
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 1,508,221
  • Product dimensions: 6.18 (w) x 9.25 (h) x 0.89 (d)

Meet the Author

John Oden has competed in over 20 bouts in the 13 years he has been boxing. A principal in money management sales at Bernstein Investment Research & Management in New York, he works with the legendary trainer Emanuel Steward and spars with the former heavyweight contender, Gerry Cooney. Born in Pecos, Texas, he now lives in New York City.

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Table of Contents

Preface 1
1 Lennox Lewis vs. John Oden 5
2 The Sweet Science 16
3 From Pecos, Texas, to New York City 34
4 Entering the Ring 46
5 My First Fight Nights 57
6 Gleason's Gym 70
7 London Calling 86
8 In the Spotlight 102
9 Training Is Everything 110
10 Fighting Cops, Firemen, Senators, and Hilary Swank 119
11 Women Are Welcome! 135
12 "Farang Ba" 147
13 The Incomparable, Unconquerable Bruce Lee 155
14 Tasting the Sweet Science 170
15 In My Corner 179
16 Emanuel and Me 190
17 The Road Ahead 206
John Oden Boxing Record 212
Resources 217
Notes 220
Selected Bibliography 226
Index 232
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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 2, 2005

    Its truly a 'knock out'!

    It may be one man's story but its inspiring and endearing. You can not call John Oden, 'An Average Joe'. He has obviously been driven since the day he was born! I honestly believe this book will give many individuals the push they need to try something different. I also thought the history of boxing chapter was very interesting and thorough in its detail. John has embraced the sport and has given back so much more by sharing his experiences with us by writing this book!!

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