I read McIlvanney in the Sunday Times on a regular basis. His work is out of the very top drawer, on football and many other sporting issues, but boxing is his first love and this volume showcases his talents vividly. Using his vast repertoire of work this look at boxing from the late 50s through to the 1990s illustrates his ability to paint canvases of the sport as no one else can. His command of the language and the skill to deliver wonderful build ups and reports on some of the Fights of the Century (Ali v. Frazier 1971, "The Rumble in the Jungle", Leonard v. Hearns 1981, Watt, Winstone, McGowan and Buchanan of the Brits) are engrossing reads. His commentaries and evaluations of fights and fighters are unsurpassed. Excellent read!