- Paperback: 462 pages
- Publisher: Da Capo Press; 2 edition (22 Aug. 1994)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0306806037
- ISBN-13: 978-0306806032
- Product Dimensions: 14 x 2.7 x 21.6 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 226,423 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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In This Corner . . . !: Forty-two World Champions Tell Their Stories Paperback – 22 Aug 1994
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Peter Heller is the author of Bad Intentions: The Mike Tyson Story. A sports producer for ABC News, he lives in Putnam Valley, New York and Boca Raton, Florida.
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You do get a good feel for how stern some of these old boys were and I would recommend it highly, I would imagine I will complete the book a chapter or two at a time though.
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I must note, though, that the reason I gave this volume "only" four stars was because the author did not ask his interviewees many of the questions that one would figure he ought to have asked, such as whom the fighter believed to have been his best opponent, whom he believed to have been the best fighter in his division's history, etc, etc. Although the recollections of the champs, as they appear in the book, seem to be spontaneous, free-flowing "soliloquies" about their lives and careers, Heller, as he states in his preface, had, in fact, edited their statements, at least insofar as to "eliminat[e] the irrelevant or the uninteresting, EDIT OUT MY QUESTIONS, and restructure them for a sense of time and place. But the basic material is unaltered" [my emphasis].)
Nevertheless, the recollections of the fighters interviewed are, as a whole, quite compelling. I don't want to spoil it for readers who approach the book anew, but to give you an idea as to how interesting these recollections are, I'll give some examples of what you can expect:
- Sugar Ray Robinson revealing that he had a dream the night before their bout that he would kill Jimmy Doyle in the ring, a premonition that tragically came to pass (but not before Doyle had the Sugarman on the brink of being kayoed in the sixth round)
- Charley Phil Rosenberg's honest appraisal of his bout with all-time great featherweight Johnny Dundee
- Fritzie Zivic, one of the "dirtiest" fighters in boxing history, relating that terrific-hitting lightweight champ Lew Jenkins (who is also an interviewee) used to manipulate his boxing gloves so that little padding would actually cover his huge knuckles
- Archie Moore explaining how his animosity toward Lloyd Marshall and Jimmy Bivins developed
- LaBarba confessing that, at the end of the bout, he only remembered just over a minute of what transpired in the ring during his first fight with powerpunching bantamweight Bud Taylor because he kept blacking out whenever Taylor nailed him with a great shot, a bout that LaBarba WON (in turn, in HIS interview, "Bat" Battalino claims that he remembered almost nothing from his victory over LaBarba)
- Jack Dempsey modestly and graciously admitting that, "Even at my best I don't know whether I could lick (Sam Langford) or not."
- Ed "Gunboat" Smith - whose interview is definitely among the most revealing, interesting, and entertaining in the book - explaining why the 1910 Jack Johnson-Jim Jeffries title bout was moved from California to Nevada and admitting that he used to "load" his boxing gloves
All in all, a very good book. Incidentally, I didn't bother to name all of the fighters who were interviewed for this book because you can see their names for yourself by clicking on the "Look Inside!" balloon above the image of the book's cover on the Amazon webpage. However, I should note that the book includes an index at the back, which is handy in that it gives you an idea as to the adversaries about whom the interviewees speak.
I liked Emile Griffith's poignant retelling of what transpired before and after his fateful third meeting with Benny "Kid" Paret. It was interesting to listen to James J Braddock talk about his fights with Max Baer and Joe Louis and what his life was like after retirement.
This is a knockout of a book, and all boxing fans should read it at least once.
Rev. Marc Axelrod
Heller lets each fighter explain his story in his own words. The reader can get a good sense of the era in which each boxer came of age. You can get a good idea of what boxing was like in the "Roaring Twenties" in his interview with Jack Dempsey. You can get a good idea of the discrimination African-American boxers suffered in reading accounts by Archie Moore.
There is great diversity on the part of the boxers profiled. There are lightweights and heavyweights. There are Italian, Jewish, Irish, and Latino fighters profiled. There are fighters from before World War I and there were some who were active in the 1960's.
Heller let each fighter explain his story with his own voice. Some fighters focused on strictly boxing; others focused on economic privation or racial issues. I enjoyed this book and think it is a unique resource that should be cherished by serious boxing fans. Casual fans may find this book to be too detailed and may have diffiuclty following the specifics in each story. Seasoned boxing fans and students of history will love the book.