The Gentleman Boxer: The Story of a Fighter in the Roaring Twenties

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AuthorHouse, Aug 16, 2012 - Sports & Recreation - 276 pages
And the winner is...JOE GRIMM! He scored 24 KOs in a row and was never knocked out. He was a winner in the ring, and a winner in life. This is the story of a bantam boxer, his chaperoning older brother, and the time in which they lived. It is the 1920s, and there are boxing clubs in nearly every city in America. Joe Grimm weighs 118 pounds and is flat-footedbut he has a punch and a KO record that draw leading managers to add Joe to their stables. He trains in the same gym as Jim Braddock, the future Cinderella Man. Joes awesome winning streak is interrupted when he and his brother are called home. He leaves the arenas with their cheering crowds and works as a butcher in his grocery shop bought with ring money for his family. Now the character traits that made him a boxing wonder make him a success in business. The Gentleman Boxer captures the excitement and hope of an era when anything was possible and anyone could become a heroor a champion. It is a tribute to the thousands of forgotten bantam prizefighters in the Golden Age of Boxing.
 

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Great Story! My paternal great uncle was on the same boat with him, the SS Argentina on that same day!!!

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I enjoyed this book very much...as a current resident of Pittsfield and also a person who knew both main charcters, Joe and his brother Mike, I can attest that this was a wonderful story and well worth reading. The struggles that immigrants faced are very inspiring along with the love of family and priority for those things in life that really mattered beyond sports. 

Contents

CHAPTER 2 MORE KNOCKOUTS
10
CHAPTER 3 THE FAMILY AND THE CITY
18
CHAPTER 4 A BUSY SPRING
28
CHAPTER 5 AN INDUSTRY IN THE MAKING
34
CHAPTER 6 THE GENTLEMAN BOXER
44
CHAPTER 7 FIGHTS AND MORE FIGHTS
52
CHAPTER 8 AN ERA OF MANY NAMES
62
CHAPTER 9 WINNING AND LOSING
72
CHAPTER 17 PUZZLING EVENTS
156
CHAPTER 18 TOUGH DEMANDS
164
CHAPTER 19 THE FIGHTS GO ON
174
CHAPTER 20 THE LAST STRAW
184
CHAPTER 21 A DIFFERENT REALITY
196
CHAPTER 22 ANOTHER BEGINNING
206
CHAPTER 23 TACKLING THE BOXING BUSINESS
216
CHAPTER 24 NO GUARANTEES IN THE RING
226

CHAPTER 10 WHEN BOXING WAS KING
80
CHAPTER 11 OPPORTUNITY KNOCKS
90
CHAPTER 12 FAREWELL FALL RIVERHELLO BAYONNE
98
CHAPTER 13 AMONG THE BEST
108
CHAPTER 14 A TASTE OF THE GOOD LIFE
126
CHAPTER 15 THE MAKING OF A CHAMPION
134
CHAPTER 16 KEEP ON WINNING
144
CHAPTER 25 THE LAST FIGHT
236
Epilogue
244
Behind the Story
252
Acknowledgments
254
Bibliography
258
About the Author
260
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About the author (2012)

Use at back of book. Ion Grumeza is the author of the international best seller about sports hero Nadia Comaneci, Nadia: The Success Secrets of the Amazing Romanian Gymnast, and of several non-fiction history books, including Dacia: Land of Transylvania, Ancient Cornerstone of Eastern Europe, 500 B.C.-A.D. 500; The Roots of Balkanization: Eastern Europe, C.E. 500-1500; and Admiring the Goose-steps: How Hitler Succeeded in Intimidating the World Powers. Grumeza had formal boxing training in his native Romania, and he created and managed a boxing program for a YMCA in Connecticut. He resides in Louisville, KY, where he lectures for the Veritas Society at Bellarmine University.

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