The Gloves: A Boxing Chronicle

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Macmillan, Feb 14, 2002 - Biography & Autobiography - 331 pages
A gritty, spirited inside look at the world of amateur boxing today

The Golden Gloves tournament is center stage in amateur boxing-a single-elimination contest in which young hopefuls square off in steamy gyms with the boxing elite looking on.

Robert Anasi took up boxing in his twenties to keep in shape, attract women, and sharpen his knuckles for the odd bar fight. He thought of entering "the Gloves," but put it off. Finally, at age thirty-two-his last year of eligibility-he vowed to fight, although he was an old man in a sport of teenagers and a light man who had to be even lighter (125 pounds) to fight others his size.

So begins Anasi's obsessive preparation for the Golden Gloves. He finds Milton, a wily and abusive trainer, and joins Milton's "Supreme Team": a black teenager who used to deal guns in Harlem, a bus driver with five kids, a hard-hitting woman champion who becomes his sparring partner. Meanwhile, he observes the changing world of amateur boxing, in which investment bankers spar with ex-convicts and everyone dreads a fatal blow to the head. With the Supreme Team, he goes to the tournament, whose outcome, it seems, is rigged, like so much in boxing life today.

Robert Anasi tells his story not as a journalist on assignment but as a man in the midst of one of the great adventures of his life. The Gloves, his first book, has the feel of a contemporary classic.
 

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This intriguing title is the story of first-time author Anasi's venture into the world of amateur boxing. In his early twenties, Anasi took up the sport as a means of keeping in shape. When he reached ... Read full review

Contents

1 A WAY OF LIFE
3
2 DECEMBER
11
3 HISTORY
27
4 SEPTEMBER
45
5 LAURA
70
6 HEAD SHOTS
80
7 NOVEMBER
96
8 BAYWATCH
117
13 RESPECT
182
14 THE AMATEUR
193
15 FEBRUARY
208
16 KNOCKED
228
17 BLACK AND BLUE
236
18 THE FIGHT
247
19 THE OLD LION
266
20 SPRING
295

9 JULIAN
126
10 THE SHOW
140
11 JANUARY
153
12 THE STRANGE CASE OF THE PROFESSOR
173
21 BOXING
314
POSTSCRIPT
323
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
333
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Robert Anasi has boxed in San Francisco and Munich as well as in the Golden Gloves Tournament. He lives by the East River in the warehouse district of Williamsburg, Brooklyn.

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