Jersey Joe Walcott: A Boxing Biography

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McFarland, Apr 4, 2012 - Sports & Recreation - 239 pages
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Born into extreme poverty in 1914, Jersey Joe Walcott began boxing at the age of 16 to help feed his hungry family. After ten years, without proper training and with little to show for his efforts beyond some frightful beatings, Walcott quit the ring. A chance meeting with a fight promoter who recognized the potential in his iron chin and hard punch turned Walcott's fortunes around, launching one of the greatest comebacks in boxing history. This biography details Walcott's youth, his dismal early career, and his legendary climb to become the heavyweight champion of the world at age 37, at the time the oldest man ever to win the coveted title. Along the way, he battled some of the most feared champions of his day, including Joe Louis, Ezzard Charles, and Rocky Marciano. With numerous period photographs and a foreword from Walcott's grandson, this work provides an intimate look at one of the grittiest, most determined boxers of the 20th century.
 

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In the introduction to his book, “Jersey Joe Walcott : a boxing biography” James Curl says that he is not a writer by profession. He could be if he wanted. For someone's first work of nonfiction this ... Read full review

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I'd like to say first off that Jersey Joe Walcott has always struck me as an impressive fighter, and the opportunity to learn more about him was greatly appreciated. I also want to say that I ... Read full review

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Contents

Foreword by Vincent Cream II
1
Preface
3
1 The Journey Begins
7
2 Roxie Allen Jack Blackburn and Typhoid Fever
15
3 Sparring with the Brown Bomber
23
4 Tiger Jack Fox and Hard Times
29
5 Early Retirement
37
6 Bocchicchio
44
14 Winning the Title
132
15 Bringing the Title Home
147
The BuildUp
159
The Fight
165
The Rematch
181
19 The 1950s and Hollywood
189
20 The 1960s and the Phantom Punch
194
21 The New Sheriff
199

7 Stepping Up the Competition
52
8 Win Some Lose Some
58
9 LouisWalcott I
69
10 LouisWalcott II
86
11 The Cincinnati Cobra
97
12 Sweden Omelio and Johnny Shkor
108
13 Germany and Rex Layne
119
22 The Passing of a Legend
204
Appendix
207
Chapter Notes
211
Bibliography
221
Index
225
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About the author (2012)

James Curl is a member of the International Boxing Research Organization and has written articles for IBRO Journal and East Side Boxing. He lives in Rancho Cordova, California.

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