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  • Paperback: 356 pages
  • Publisher: Mainstream Publishing (12 Sept. 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1840186054
  • ISBN-13: 978-1840186055
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 2.5 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 207,728 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"'McIlvanney on Boxing shows just how enduring good sports journalism can be.'Independent. 'Essential reading.'Sunday Times 'Anyone who admires writing as muscular as it is graceful should buy this book.'Daily Telegraph 'Gritty, passionate prose.' The Observer."

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'The genius of McIlvanney is his ability to magnify and precisely delineate those elements of sport which contain fundamental truths about the human condition.' Scotsman

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Kimmy Haynes on 30 Jun. 2002
Format: Paperback
This book is one of the few of its kind. It starts with a preview of the Rumble in the jungle fight and concludes with the Tyson Vs Holyfield rematch. The unique aspect is that Mcllvanney features the key fights of the past 20 years that he previously wrote at the time. He includes the preview then the review of the fight.
This works very well indeed and the end result is a cross between a reference/hostorical book.
I`d suggest that solid boxing fans buy this as it is decently priced and a book that you`d want to read again and again because of the historical referances.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By JohnKFox on 21 May 2014
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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!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Gassy-boy on 20 Jan. 2012
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McIlvanney is not just one of the best sports writers around, he's one of the best writers around. And this is as good as it gets for lovers of boxing. His deep and extensive knowledge, and his humanity, are all on display in this essential exposition of the heroic and tragic faces of the sport.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Melanie Lloyd(Author of Sweet Fighting Man series) on 23 Oct. 2011
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McIlvanney on Boxing is, without doubt, one of the best boxing books I have ever read. The author, who is an absolute master of metaphor, takes you into the hearts and minds of his subjects with a wonderful clarity that is educational, moving and exhilarating, all at the same time. I have just finished reading this excellent work, and I know I will be revisiting those pages for many years to come. Any boxing fan who has not read this tome should buy a copy and read it immediately.
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By Kevin Joseph Mullin on 15 April 2015
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I'm reading the best book ever...superbly written and it's a gem.
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