Bert Sugar on Boxing: The Best of the Sport's Most Notable Writer

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Globe Pequot, 2003 - Sports & Recreation - 289 pages
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"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."
  

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Contents

Statement before the Senate Subcommittee on Commerce
3
Than Watch Womens Boxing
11
Boxers Need a Defense Against the A M A s Blows
17
On Howard Cosell
23
Hell No I Wont Go
31
When Youre at an Age Where You Go to a Topless
39
John L Sullivan
49
Black Champion and White Hopes
69
Britains First Vertical Champion
149
Jack Dempsey vs Louis Firpo September 14 1923
155
Rocky Graziano vs Tony Zale 1946 47 and 48
163
Carmen Basilio vs Sugar Ray Robinson September 23 1957
171
Archie Moore vs Yvon Durelle December 10 1958
177
George Foreman vs Joe Frazier January 22 1973
209
Roberto Duran vs Sugar Ray Leonard I June 20 1980
217
Sugar Ray Leonard vs Roberto Duran II November 25 1980
223

The Reign of Joe Louis the Brown Bomber
105
Foursquare in History
129
By Unanimous Decision Prince Naz is the Best Boxer Today
145
Larry Holmes vs Muhammad Ali October 2 1980
233
The Way Out
253
Copyright

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One of the most recognizable personalities in boxing, BERT RANDOLPH SUGAR is also regarded as one of the sport's outstanding writers and historians. And for good reason: a colorful and irrepressible personality, Sugar and 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 50 books. Sugar on Boxing brings out his best. Entertaining, insightful, and eminently colorful, it's the next best thing to being at the fights.

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