Book Review

Literary Notes: Rocky Marciano and More

Literary Notes: Rocky Marciano and More

By: Thomas Hauser Jul 19 2018

John Jarrett has been writing about boxing since 1951 when his first article, a piece about Rocky Marciano, was published in Boxing News. Since then, he has been involved with the sweet science in myriad ways including ongoing service as Northern Area Secretary for the British Boxing Board of Control for forty years. During that time, he has written nine books, he most recent of which (Rocky Marci...

David vs. Goliath: Notes and Nuggets from Thomas Hauser

David vs. Goliath: Notes and Nuggets from Thomas Hauser

By: Thomas Hauser Jul 13 2018

The Biblical battle of David vs. Goliath has endured for thousands of years as an inspiration for underdogs in one-on-one combat. But few people have written of that storied confrontation in a more intriguing fashion than Malcolm Gladwell. Gladwell authored a collection of essays published under the title David and Goliath (Little Brown and Company). The book examines nine individuals from vari...

Book Review: “Latino Boxing in Southern California”

Book Review: “Latino Boxing in Southern California”

By: David A. Avila Jul 02 2018

Modern boxing has existed for more or less 160 years after the Marquis of Queensbury rules were adopted. Since that time hundreds and perhaps tens of thousands of pages have been quilled or typed depicting the sport’s torrid and colorful history. Prizefighters such as John L. Sullivan, Harry Greb and Georges Carpentier have had numerous novels written about their worthy exploits. Yet, though ...

Ernest Hemingway, Boxing, and “Fifty Grand”

Ernest Hemingway, Boxing, and “Fifty Grand”

By: Thomas Hauser Jun 07 2018

Ernest Hemingway referenced boxing from time to time in his writing. But one of his works was devoted entirely to the sweet science. Hemingway’s great novels were far in the future when he wrote “Fifty Grand.” He was a 27-year-old journalist and short story writer. The Atlantic Monthly published the 8,000-word piece in 1927. Fifty Grand is told in the first person by Jerry Doyle, the t...

In A Rarity, Miguel Cotto Will Exit Boxing With His Health and Wealth

In A Rarity, Miguel Cotto Will Exit Boxing With His Health and Wealth

By: Frank Lotierzo Nov 29 2017

The prevailing thought is WBO junior middleweight title holder Miguel Cotto 41-5 (33) will retire after he meets Sadam Ali 25-1 (14) this weekend at Madison Square Garden. And if he does, that'll no doubt be the culmination of a surefire Hall of Fame Career. Cotto, who turned pro in February of 2001 after representing Puerto Rico in the 2000 Olympics, is a pro’s pro and knows the fighting and bu...

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...