A Year at the Fights

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University of Arkansas Press, 2003 - Sports & Recreation - 272 pages
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A ringside view of tragedy and triumph Acclaimed boxing writer Thomas Hauser admires the sweet science, but he also recognizes and confronts its problems. His essays here portray the sport in all its glory and gore, its grace and disgrace. Hauser tracks the effects of big money on the sport, exposes corruption at the highest levels, and examines the emotional links between the September 11 attack on America and the way we experience the violence of boxing. He follows the biggest fighters and the most important fights through 2001 into the early months of 2002. He also depicts the broadcasters, government regulators, and others--the people behind the scenes who shape boxing without ever taking a punch. We meet fighters such as Lennox Lewis, Mike Tyson, and Bernard Hopkins, and non-combatants like ringside physician Margaret Goodman, trainer Eddie Futch, and the powers that be at HBO.

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Thomas Hauser is the author of twenty-eight books, including Muhammad Ali: His Life and Times (Touchstone, 1992), the definitive biography of the most famous man on earth. The University of Arkansas reissued his first book on boxing, The Black Lights, in 2000 and published A Beautiful Sickness: Reflections on the Sweet Science in 2001.

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