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Boxing Confidential [Paperback]

Jim Brady
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1 Oct 2002
World boxing is in crisis. After decades of corruption and abuse, governing bodies now successfully collude in kickbacks and payoffs while many of the greatest boxers are left destitute and exploited. Now, in the most hard-hitting probe ever into a top-level sport, acclaimed investigative reporter Jim Brady uses unprecedented access to FBI files, secret wiretaps and confidential documents to piece together for the first time the history of how an entire sport sold its soul. Illustrated with 16 pages of b/w photos.

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  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Milo Books (1 Oct 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1903854067
  • ISBN-13: 978-1903854068
  • Product Dimensions: 19.4 x 13 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 657,032 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'One of the most intriguing boxing books for many years.'

'Superb.' -- BOXING NEWS

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
This was recommended to me by fellow boxing fans and it really is superb. It isn't just for boxing addicts, its for sports fans who want to know who really pulls the strings and what their motives are. The book flows well, generally chronological, but the chapters are quite self contained which makes it satisfying to dip in and out of.

Brady goes after the usual suspects, such as Don King, but has also heavily researched the financial dealings of the various sanctioning bodies and shows their claim to be non profit organisations who exist to fairly administer the sport as complete sham. In particular, the chapter on the FBI investigation into corruption in the IBF is dynamite. The wiretap narrative of fixed ratings etc is fascinating.

In conclusion, I couldn't recommend this more highly. Enjoy it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Boxing Confidential Pulls No Punches 18 July 2003
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This is one of the most informative, entertaining and disturbing boxing exposes ever written. Brady knows all about the backroom deals, fixed fights, corruption, extortion, payoffs for ratings, and outright criminality of the major promoters, sanctioning bodies, and the TV executive suits who not only turn a blind eye to the chicanery but are willing cohorts in this sordid business of exploitation and greed. Professional boxing, from small club fights to the mega million dollar Las Vegas promotions, is one putrid mess of a sport. In chapters like "The Best Sanctioning Body Money Could Buy", "The Talmudic Scholar", "The Humble Servant of Boxing", and "The Don" Brady flays open the belly of the out of control circus that professional boxing has been allowed to become over the past 25 years. He exposes, in glaring detail, the business side of the sport and the foul deeds of the few major power brokers, most of whom are human vermin without conscience who live off of the blood and brain tissue of-with a few rare exceptions- these exploited professional athletes. Boxers, unlike other sports, have no union or decent representation, and are at the mercy of a few blood sucking predators and thieves who have all but destroyed any credibility this sport may have had.
Brady tells the stories of a litany of ex-champs and contenders who have been robbed of their money dreams and dignity, and who are then discarded like so much garbage after their usefulness has ended.
Brady, a fine writer and investigative journalist, takes no prisoners as he names the heroes, villians, bums and thieves.
Whether you are familiar with boxing or not you will shake your head in disbelief and disgust at what is described in these pages. This is so much more than a boxing book. It is also a sociological study and idictment of a segment of our society. This is a very American story and a very important book.
4.0 out of 5 stars I Need to take a Shower Now 15 Feb 2010
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Brady exposes various cases of corruption and gangsterism throughout boxing history. I seriously felt like I needed to take a shower after reading this book. About half this book is older boxing history related and half is stuff up into the late 90s. He goes in depth with the Jim Norris/Frankie Carbo/Blinky Palermo mess that in spite of these low life having so much control I believe the 1950s was possibly the best era in boxing. There are later chapters on the midwest club scene in the 90s, Don King, corrupt organizations and Bob Arum. The author really snuck in a good zinger with the Jewish Arum titling his chapter "The Talmudic Scholar", which if you didn't know the Talmud is a book written by Rabbis studied by orthodox Jews that is full of all sorts a wacky justifications for cheating and stealing from Gentiles. There are also innumerable examples of fighters who were exploited, cheated and discarded by boxing promoters and managers. Boxing is a great sport to be involved in or a fan of but there is no doubt its a sleazy shark infested sewer.
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