The Sweet Science Goes Sour: How Scandal Brought Boxing to Its Knees

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Greystone Books, 2006 - Sports & Recreation - 258 pages
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In The Sweet Science Goes Sour, boxing writer Thomas Myler recounts some of the sportís most controversial fixes, fakes, and frauds. Like a ringside seat at the sportís greatest and most troubled bouts, the book brings to life boxingís many outrageous characters. They include Primo Carnera, tragically manipulated and ultimately destroyed by mobsters; Sonny Liston, who lost to Muhammad Ali because of a suspicious phantom punch; and Roberto Duranís, who was involved in a baffling surrender to Sugar Ray Leonard. Here too are notorious matchups like Riddick Bowe versus Andrew Golota, which ended in an unprecedented full-scale riot at Madison Square Garden. There's also Mike Tysonís infamous ear-munch on a shocked Evander Holyfield. Based on solid research and written in a dramatic, ďyou-are-thereĒ style, this book pulls back the curtain on the squared circle to reveal the seamier side of the sweet science.

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Thomas Myler is the boxing writer for the Irish Independent and the Irish correspondent for Boxing News.

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