A Clenched Fist: The Making of a Golden Gloves Champion

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Ringside Books, Feb 1, 2007 - Biography & Autobiography - 232 pages
GRABBING A GOLDEN DREAM WITH GOLDEN GLOVES Does boxing teach anything besides how to club someone into submission? Can it transcend its sordid reputation and instill love, compassion and honor in Americas most troubled kids? In this raw yet uplifting memoir about amateur boxing, author Peter Wood tells of his begrudging return to a world he thought hed left behind. He steps back into the mud of boxing, coaching two troubled teens who dreamas he once didof becoming Golden Gloves champions.His compelling story moves far beyond the grunt and sweat of the local gym. It explores the classrooms of a suburban high school and digs through the remains of unhappy childhoods. Its a story about how boxing is a way out, and how it cleanses the soul.This book brings the subculture of amateur boxing up close and weaves a powerful story of redemption, beating demons and battling for glory.

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Peter Wood was a New York Golden Gloves middleweight finalist in 1971. He later was asked to represent the U.S. in international competition in Montreal and was Americas 1st alternate in the Maccabian Games (the Jewish Olympics) in Tel Aviv. Peters previous works include the autobiography To Swallow a Toad; the plays Candy Bars and Our Similarities Are Different; and columns in The New York Times, Commonweal, The Ring and Boxing Illustrated. He teaches English in suburban New York, where he resides with his wife and daughter.

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