Book Review

In His New Book, Jerry Izenberg Pays Homage to the Golden Era of Heavyweights

In His New Book, Jerry Izenberg Pays Homage to the Golden Era of Heavyweights

By: Bernard Fernandez Feb 08 2017

JERRY IZENBERG’S “Once There Were Giants”: -- Anyone who saw the great 2004 biopic about Ray Charles, Ray, might recall what Jamie Foxx, who won the Academy Award as Best Actor for his spot-on portrayal of the R&B legend, said in explaining Charles’ mid-1960s excursion into country music. “It’s the stories, man,” Foxx, as Charles, said of the title character’s surprisingly e...

Literary Notes “Intimate Warfare” – The Gatti-Ward Trilogy

Literary Notes “Intimate Warfare” – The Gatti-Ward Trilogy

By: Thomas Hauser Jan 06 2017

Intimate Warfare - One of the problems with boxing today is that too many of the fights that fans see are mismatches. The best fighters are often the most protected and reluctant to go in tough. Arturo Gatti and Micky Ward never appeared on any pound-for-pound lists. Neither man was a great fighter in terms of the skills he possessed. All the heart in the world couldn’t make them competitive ...

Book Review THE GODS OF WAR by Springs Toledo

Book Review THE GODS OF WAR by Springs Toledo

By: Miguel Iturrate Oct 19 2016

Book Review THE GODS OF WAR In "The Gods of War," author Springs Toledo takes boxing writing to a level beyond boxing writing, and to a level of literature not seen in a piece on the sport of pugilism since Norman Mailer's "The Fight," published back in 1975.  Boxing is historically and even currently most often written about by people who are "documenting" the sport and what they see.  From Nat...

DON DUNPHY AT RINGSIDE – A TSS Book Review

DON DUNPHY AT RINGSIDE – A TSS Book Review

By: Miguel Iturrate Oct 05 2016

DON DUNPHY AT RINGSIDE Autobiography, Published in 1988 by Henry Holt and Company, New York. 276 pages. Don Dunphy is a legendary sports announcer who worked in both radio and television from 1940 into the 1980's.  He was born in July of 1908 and passed away in July of 1998, so this book was written in his retirement as he approached 80 years old.  While Dunphy did work as a correspondent for...

TOM MOLINEAUX By Bill Calogero – A TSS Book Review

TOM MOLINEAUX By Bill Calogero – A TSS Book Review

By: Miguel Iturrate Sep 30 2016

When you understand that Tom Molineaux was a black American slave who won his freedom fighting and then travelled to England to contest  the mythical title of champion of the world in the year 1810, you immediately want to know more. Kudos to author Bill Calogero for unearthing a character from more than 200 years ago. Calogero spent seven years doing the research for the book. Finding details...