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  • Paperback: 314 pages
  • Publisher: McFarland & Co Inc (15 Sept. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0786470747
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786470747
  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 17.8 x 25.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 992,906 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By box23 on 8 Nov. 2014
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an excellent exciting well written account of the 1970s heavyweight championship covering year by year this book will appeal to the causal fan as well as the more boxing specialist fan .it contains great nuggetts of information that not even most boxing geeks will know.ive over 150 boxing books and this is one of the best ive read,the only slight criticism is that it contains no photos other than that highly recomended ,
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One of the best I've read! 10 May 2013
By ricksveiw - Published on Amazon.com
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Ive been a boxing fan for over 45 years and this is one of the very best books on the sport Ive had the honor of reading! Heavyweight Boxing In The 1970's goes into great detail about the fights and the fighters that made the 1970s the greatest decade for not only heavyweight boxing , but for the sport in general! Though at first,I did'nt like the fact that the book had no pictures,but that became a moot point once I began reading! The details of little publicized or forgotten fights are covered in great depth! This is not only about the 70's heavyweight scene but every decade from the 1900's to the era of the klitschko brothers! I highly recommend this fantastic book!
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Great Boxing Book 12 July 2013
By Ed Gosney - Published on Amazon.com
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Heavyweight Boxing in the 1970s by Joe Ryan is another gem from the McFarland Publishing stable. If you are a boxing fan, there is no way you want to miss this great source of pugilistic history.

Ryan makes a case that the 1970s provided the greatest era for heavyweights in the history of the sport, and I agree with him. The book compares the other eras, the champions and challengers, and makes argument for why the 70s, loaded with fighters like Ali, Frazier, Foreman, and Norton (not to mention Jerry Quarry, Earnie Shavers, Larry Holmes, etc.) was the high water mark for heavyweight boxing.

For me, this book was a walk down memory lane, as I had seen or at least read about many of these fights way back when. I appreciate the insight that Ryan provided on many of the big fights, the politics behind decisions on where some of the fights were to be held, and the personalities of the boxers.

While the sport has always had controversy and corruption, there is a special pull when you are reading about these larger than life stars like Ali and Foreman. If you are a sports fan, and especially an appreciator of the squared circle, this book is definitely worth your time.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Author Joe Ryan delivers! EXCEPTIONAL BOOK! 23 Aug. 2013
By Ms. Don't Play (MDP) - Published on Amazon.com
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I recommend this book to the youngest and oldest boxing and sports fans from all around the world.
Very informative and captures the reader's attention from beginning to end.
I'm looking forward to reading future writings of Mr. Joe Ryan and am hopeful he will publish a sequel
featuring boxers of the 1980's and 1990's. Even if you're not a boxing fan, this book is an excellent read
and I recommend adding it to your book collection!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
boxing at it's best 29 Mar. 2014
By Rick Whittle - Published on Amazon.com
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I thoroughly enjoyed it, bought back some great memories. Sometimes you tend to get caught up in the current trends, ,and forget the absolute stars of the past. Not just the champs , but also the contenders
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
The 70's Boxing Historian 12 Oct. 2013
By kone - Published on Amazon.com
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The author has compiled a very interesting, compelling, and readable history of the 1970's heavyweights. Considered by many to be the single greatest decade of heavyweights ever, this book on the heavies of the 1970's will instruct, provide insight, and bring back so many great memories of all the epic fights of that decade. While the very best fights are more detailed, the author also covers the important secondary fights, and even gives consideration to the "bums" who were stepping stones for the more talented in the division. The book begins with an excellent summary of the decades of boxing beginning in the Jack Johnson era to present, and then gets down to his favorite subject, the exciting 1970's. As someone who considers himself knowledgeable of that boxing decade, I learned so much from this book, details about fights, personalities, promoters, wives, etc. that it was well worth my time; in fact, I truly enjoyed every page of this excellent book. I had considered selling this book after reading it, but it is so good that I want it to be a part of my boxing library as the definitive source of the 1970's heavyweight division.

If you are a boxing fan, you will like this book. If you are a boxing fan who grew up in this era, you will love this book.

kone
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