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Bert Sugar on boxing : the best of the sport's most notable writer
Sugar, Bert Randolph.
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Guilford, Conn. : Lyons Press, [2003]

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xiv, 289 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
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A sampling:

"If 'Peanuts' cartoon character Charlie Brown had been a boxer, he would have been Floyd Patterson. Patterson's ring career was a tightrope walk across the chasm of his own introspective personality."

"You sensed that when Sonny Liston spat out his mouthpiece he was spitting out the rotten, bitter fruits of a success that was really just one more disguised failure in the life of this unlucky man."

"Frazier, who could have retired earlier without any criticism, kept pleading. But Futch cut his gloves off. This evening, there was a sore winner and a sore loser, but there were also two self-satisfied men who undeniably had given it there best."

"A big right crashed into Larry's face like a bag of bricks dropped from a second-story window."

"After a fusillade of rights, the lanky Hearns, in his best imitation of an accordion, gently folded through the ropes."

"It had lasted exactly 3 minutes and 57 seconds, 237 seconds of mayhem, in which 11 knockdowns were scored in the shortest and wildest "great fight" in the history of boxing. It could hardly be called "the Sweet Science," but it was one hellvua sweet quarrel."

"With one deep-dish beauty of a right at 43 seconds into the thirteenth round, Rocky Marciano almost tore the head off defending champion Jersey Joe Walcott, knocking off his crown in the process, a crown he had worn securely for the previous 12 rounds."

Author Notes

Bert Randolph Sugar is one of the most recognizable personalities in boxing and is regarded as one of the sport's outstanding writers and historians. A colorful and irrepressible personality, Sugar, with his trademark fedora and cigar, is a guaranteed ringside presence. He has served as the editor of The Ring, Boxing Illustrated, and Fight Game magazines and is the author of over fifty books

Table of Contents

Introductionp. v
I Rants and Raves
Statement before the Senate Subcommittee on Commerce, Science, and Transportationp. 3
After One Hundred Years, Boxing's Critics Continue to Sharpen Old Sawsp. 7
I'd Rather Poke My Eye Out With A Sharp Stick Than Watch Women's Boxing!p. 11
I Didn't Know Writing Was a Contact Sportp. 15
Boxers Need a Defense Against the A.M.A.'s Blowsp. 17
On Howard Cosellp. 23
Boxing: Where Something's Going on All the Time ... Most of It Unsolvedp. 27
Lewis-Tyson: Hell No, I Won't Gop. 31
Put Boxing's So-Called "Officials" in Charge of the Sahara and It Would Soon Run out of Sandp. 35
When You're at an Age Where You Go to a Topless Bar and Look at the Menu, then Big George's Win was More than Food for Thoughtp. 39
What Gives with All These Comebacks? Enough Alreadyp. 43
II The Fighters
America Finds a Hero: John L. Sullivanp. 49
Jack Johnson: Black Champion and White Hopesp. 69
Jack Dempsey--and Boxing's Golden Agep. 95
The Reign of Joe Louis, the Brown Bomberp. 105
Tommy Hearns: A Four-Time Champion Stands Foursquare in Historyp. 129
Oscar De La Hoya: Bringing Back the Glory of the Welterweightsp. 133
Roy Jones Jr. vs. the Light Heavyweight Greats: Who would Have Wonp. 137
By Unanimous Decision, Prince Naz is the Best Boxer Today, Sound-for-Soundp. 145
Lennox Lewis: Britain's First Vertical Championp. 149
III The Fights
Jack Dempsey vs. Louis Firpo, September 14, 1923p. 155
Rocky Graziano vs. Tony Zale, 1946, '47, and '48p. 163
Rocky Marciano vs. Jersey Joe Walcott, September 23, 1952p. 167
Carmen Basilio vs. Sugar Ray Robinson, September 23, 1957p. 171
Archie Moore vs. Yvon Durelle, December 10, 1958p. 177
Cassius Clay vs. Sonny Liston, February 25, 1964p. 185
Muhammad Ali vs. Joe Frazier, March 8, 1971p. 199
George Foreman vs. Joe Frazier, January 22, 1973p. 209
Aaron Pryor vs. Alexis Arguello, November 12, 1982p. 211
Roberto Duran vs. Sugar Ray Leonard I, June 20, 1980p. 217
Sugar Ray Leonard vs. Roberto Duran II, November 25, 1980p. 223
Larry Holmes vs. Muhammad Ali, October 2, 1980p. 233
Sugar Ray Leonard vs. Thomas Hearns, September 16, 1981p. 237
Mike Tyson vs. Evander Holyfield, June 28, 1997p. 245
IV History
The Way Outp. 253