Chasing Rocky

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AuthorHouse, Dec 8, 2011 - Sports & Recreation - 300 pages
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Boxers do what the vast majority of us will never do: they stand toe-to-toe and try to inflict as much punishment upon each other as possible. In Chasing Rocky, J. P. Flaim, a suburban father of two and cohost of The Sports Junkies on 106.7 The Fan in Washington, DC, became a part of that small percentage of people drawn to become a boxer. What started as a crazy idea from the arena seats of a professional boxing match transforms into a personal challenge that the deejay cannot ignore.

This memoir follows the journey of this average Joe who chases his dream and discovers there’s more to boxing than what can be seen inside the ropes. Chasing Rocky narrates Flaim’s foray into the boxing world, where he encounters a dubious boxing promoter who sees only dollar signs, a no-nonsense trainer who tests his resolve, an aspiring pro who longs for a title shot, and an icon who has inspired millions.

Chasing Rocky presents an inside look at the brutal training boxers endure. From facing fears to dealing with the pain of getting punched, Flaim tackles the sacrifices boxers make and explores the promotional aspects—from choosing the perfect heel to creating a grand ring entrance. He shows what happens when the bell sounds and a radio promotion idea becomes a boxing reality.

 

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Contents

Sleepless in Suburbia
1
The Contender
18
The Hustler
38
The Heat
57
The Hurt
73
The Grind
96
Boxing 101
115
The Heel
125
The Guru
197
Shakedown
208
The Italian Stallion
216
One Shot
221
DDay
235
Fight
247
Glass Joe
258
Off the Canvas
264

The Hype
146
The Fear
161
Sacrifice
178
Crunch Time
189
Epilogue
277
Acknowledgments
279
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