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Title:
Gentleman Jim Corbett : the truth behind a boxing legend
Author:
Myler, Patrick.
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Publication Information:
London : Robson Books, 1998.
Physical Description:
xvi, 243 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
General Note:
"Foreword by Barry McGuigan"--Jacket.
Language:
English
ISBN:
9781861052124
Format :
Book

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More than any other fighter in history, James J. Corbett was responsible for transforming boxing from a brutal trial of strength and courage into a scientific art. First world heavyweight champion under the Marquis of Queensbury rules, when gloves replaced bare fists, he employed clever footwork and sharp precision punching to overcome stronger, harder-hitting opponents. Under his influence prize-fighting became a more acceptable sport. Without him boxing may have faded into history. This well-researched and enlightened biography uniquely captures the dawn of a new era in the sport. Mylers' engrossing study of the forces that drove Corbett and the remarkable changes he heralded are an important document in the history of boxing.