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Best Boxing Books

Recommendations from 6 articles, Enzo Maccarinelli, Steve Kim.
Best Boxing Books
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Championship Fighting
Explosive Punching and Aggressive Defense
Jack Demspey - Jan 06, 2015 (first published in 1983)
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Fighting techniques and strategies from World Champion and Hall of Fame Boxer, Jack Dempsey.Jack Dempsey, one of the greatest and most popular boxers of all time, reveals the techniques behind his unparalleled success in the ring. Straightforward and with detailed illustrations, Championship Boxing instructs the reader in the theory, training, and ...
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Undisputed Truth
Mike Tyson - Oct 28, 2014 (first published in 2013)
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“Undisputed Truth is raw, powerful and disturbing—a head-spinning take on Mr. Tyson's life.” (Wall Street Journal)   Philosopher, Broadway headliner, fighter, felon—Mike Tyson has defied stereotypes, expectations, and a lot of conventional wisdom during his three decades in the public eye. Bullied as a boy in the toughest, poorest neighborhood in B...
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Dark Trade
Lost in Boxing
Donald McRae - Feb 26, 2019 (first published in 1997)
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Dark Trade: Lost In Boxing, by Donald McRae, award-winning author of eleven non-� ction books and staff writer for the Guardian, is widely considered of one of the best boxing books all time. This is a new edition, released in the United States for the � rst time, that includes a new chapter by the author, plus a stunning cover that features a pain...
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The Soul of a Butterfly
Reflections on Life's Journey
Muhammad Ali - May 18, 2013 (first published in 2004)
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Former boxing legend Muhammad Ali, one of the best-known and best-loved celebrities and an international good-will ambassador, offers inspiration and hope as he describes the spiritual philosophy that sustains him. "During my boxing career, you did not see the real Muhammad Ali. You just saw a little boxing. You saw only a part of me. After I retir...
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Greatest Boxing Stories Ever Told
Thirty-Six Incredible Tales From The Ring
Jeff Silverman - Nov 01, 2004 (first published in 2002)
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"Every once in a while, a book publisher comes up with a great concept for a series of books that deserve more than superficial recognition. Such a series is The Greatest (fill in the blank) Stories Ever Told, anthologies that should win places on many bedside tables. On the long winter nights that lie ahead, such stories make great reading." -The ...
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A Cultural History
Kasia Boddy - Jul 10, 2019 (first published in 2008)
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Throughout history, potters, sculptors, painters, poets, novelists, cartoonists, song-writers, photographers, and filmmakers have recorded and tried to make sense of boxing. From Daniel Mendoza to Mike Tyson, boxers have embodied and enacted our anxieties about race, ethnicity, gender, and sexuality. In her encyclopedic investigation of the shiftin...
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Four Kings
Leonard, Hagler, Hearns, Duran and the Last Great Era of Boxing
George Kimball - Sep 01, 2009 (first published in 2008)
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"Sugar" Ray Leonard, "Marvelous" Marvin Hagler, Thomas "Hit Man" Hearns, and Roberto Duran all formed the pantheon of boxing greats during the late 1970s and early 1980s—before the pay-per-view model, when prize fights were telecast on network television and still captured the nation's attention. Championship bouts during this era were replete with...
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Unforgivable Blackness
The Rise and Fall of Jack Johnson
Geoffrey C. Ward - Jan 03, 2006 (first published in 2004)
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He was the first black heavyweight champion in history, the most celebrated-and most reviled-African American of his age. In "Unforgivable Blackness," the prizewinning biographer Geoffrey C. Ward brings to vivid life the real Jack Johnson, a figure far more complex and compelling than the newspaper headlines he inspired could ever convey. Johnson b...
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The Sweet Science
A. J. Liebling - Sep 29, 2004 (first published in 1949)
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A.J. Liebling's classic New Yorker pieces on the "sweet science of bruising" bring vividly to life the boxing world as it once was. It depicts the great events of boxing's American heyday: Sugar Ray Robinson's dramatic comeback, Rocky Marciano's rise to prominence, Joe Louis's unfortunate decline. Liebling never fails to find the human story behind...
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Cinderella Man
Jeremy Schaap - Jan 01, 2005
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Lost in the annals of boxing is the sport's true Cinderella story. James J. Braddock, dubbed "Cinderella Man" by Damon Runyon, was a once promising light heavyweight for whom a string of losses in the ring and a broken right hand happened to coincide with the Great Crash of 1929. With one good hand, Braddock was forced to labor on the docks of Hobo...
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The Last Great Fight
The Extraordinary Tale of Two Men and How One Fight Changed Their Lives Forever
Joe Layden - Oct 02, 2007
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Meticulously researched, wonderfully written; the untold story of a legendary fight and the two warriors who would never be the same again  It is considered by many to be the biggest upset in the history of boxing: James "Buster" Douglas knocked out then-undefeated Heavyweight Champion Mike Tyson in the 10th round in 1990 when the dominating and in...
John L. Sullivan and His America by Michael T. Isenberg
Sweet Thunder by Wil Haygood
In the Ring with Bob Fitzsimmons by Adam J. Pollack
Rocky Marciano by Russell Sullivan
Jack Dempsey by Randy Roberts