Boxing in San Francisco

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Arcadia Publishing, Oct 1, 2004 - History - 128 pages
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During the California Gold Rush, amateur and professional boxing almost immediately gained a strong foothold in northern California, as the gold fields and mining camps provided both employment and a venue for these athletes. In these times, many of the world's best fighters made their way to the canvas squares of the Pacific coast where San Francisco served as the locus of championship title bouts that even today remain legendary. This volume spotlights such greats as Gentleman Jim Corbett, Joe Choynski, Jack Johnson, Battling Nelson, Stanley Ketchel, and 1904 Olympic heavyweight champion Sam Berger. Somrack explores San Francisco's boxing scene through the years, but also focuses in on weight classifications and ring records.
 

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Contents

Acknowledgments
6
Introduction
7
Gentleman Jim
11
The California Terror
29
The Little Champ
37
Irish Frankie Neil
53
Sir James Edward
59
The Nob Nill Terror
67
San Franciscos Lightweight Sensation
73
Contenders and Title Claimants
83
Legendary Champions Come to Town
95
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In this book of vintage photographs spanning from 1890 to 1914, boxing historian F. Daniel Somrack, who produced the award-winning documentary Champions Forever, presents striking images of boxing's golden age.

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