The Boxing Scene

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Temple University Press, Jan 28, 2009 - Sports & Recreation - 256 pages

Thomas Hauser has been called “one of boxing’s greatest writers. The Boxing Scene, Hauser’s provocative new anthology, contains all of his trademark insights and candor as he peels away layers of hypocrisy to reveal the men who make up the contemporary boxing landscape.

Hauser exposes the inner workings of HBO Sports; examines the phenomenon of mixed martial arts as it relates to boxing; and records the amusing encounter between his 81-year-old mother and larger-than-life boxing impresario Don King. The Boxing Scene also updates Hauser’s personal and professional thoughts on superstars like Oscar De La Hoya, Floyd Mayweather Jr., Ricky Hatton, Miguel Cotto, and Bernard Hopkins as well as fight promoter Bob Arum, announcer Bob Sheridan and a host of others.

The Boxing Scene recreates another year in professional boxing and adds to Hauser’s definitive record of the sport.

 

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Contents

Evander Holyfield and the Impossible Dream
3
A Love Story
9
Boxing Awaits De La HoyaMayweather
16
Floyds World
22
De La HoyaMayweather in Perspective
24
05 pm
32
The Enigmatic Shannon Briggs
37
Bob Arum Mans the Ramparts with CottoJudah
44
The Void
146
More on the Heavyweights
148
A Boxing Fan Looks at Mixed Martial Arts
151
No One Is Enforcing the Federal Boxing Laws
161
Agenda for the New York State Athletic Commission
165
The Voice of Boxing
168
Are There Fewer Good Trainers Than Before?
172
A Note on Jim Lampley
180

Hes Baaack
50
History in the Making
56
And the NEW Middleweight Champion of the World
66
Madison Square GardenOctober 6 2007
80
Youth Will Be Served
83
When the Candle Burns Out Ill Walk Away
88
The American Perception of British Fighters
94
Dreams versus Reality
99
Jack Dempsey Revisited
112
The Challenge
131
Some Thoughts from the Hammerstein Ballroom
137
HBO Notes
140
If Boxing Ruled Baseball
183
My EightyOneYearOld Mother Meets Don King
185
Hausers Fourteen
188
Fistic Nuggets
190
Fistic Notes
195
2007
208
The Heavyweights Rate the Writers
213
Tempest Storm
215
If Theres Free Food Grab It
222
Ticket Scalping and Boxing
228
Larry Merchant and HBO
232
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About the author (2009)

Thomas Hauser is the author of 36 books, including Missing, which served as the basis for the Academy Award-winning film: Muhammad Ali: His Life and Times; and co-author (with Ali) of Healing: A Journal of Tolerance and Understanding. He has won numerous awards for his work, including the prestigious Prix Lafayette Award, the William Hill Book of the Year Award and the Nat Fleischer Award for Career Excellence in Boxing Journalism. He has written articles for The New Yorker, The New York Times and numerous other publications.

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