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My favourite boxing books
Mr. G. O. Wilson
Unforgivable Blackness: The Rise and Fall of Jack Johnson
"A great profile on the first black heavyweight champion and the significance of his reign."
In Black and White: The Untold Story of Joe Louis and Jesse Owens
"They stood for America but were not representitive of their nation. Fascinating"
The Big If: The Life and Death of Johnny Owen
"An amazing story of courage. Loved this one."
Four Kings: Leonard, Hagler, Hearns, Duran and the Last Great Era of Boxing: Leonard, Hagler, Hearns and Duran and the Last Great Era of Boxing
"They were kings at a time when boxing needed them most. Great memories"
John L. Sullivan: The Career of the First Gloved Heavyweight Champion
"Probably the only book you really need to read on the career of the first gloved heavyweight champion of the world"
Sonny Liston: His Life, Strife and the Phantom Punch
"A tragic tale of lies and deceipt as told by a boxing sceptic - very interesting"
Tunney: Boxing's Brainiest Champ and His Upset of the Great Jack Dempsey
"This book is as much about Jack Dempsey as it is about Gene Tunney - a good read"
In the Ring with Bob Fitzsimmons
"The career of the first British born World Heavyweight champion brought together from primary sources"
Master of the Ring: The Extraordinary Life of Jem Mace Father of Boxing and the First Worldwide Sports Star
"This is the best book on the father of modern boxing."
Muhammad Ali: His Life and Times
"Thomas Hauser's work on Ali is a masterpiece - can't beat it for the authoratitive version of Ali's life"
James J. Corbett: Biography of the Heavyweight Boxing Champion and Vaudeville Headliner
"Just as with other works by Pollack - this is well researched and an amazing read"
Sam Langford: Boxing's Greatest Uncrowned Champion
"Fascinating tale of an amazing fighter who was avoided by all Heavyweight Champions of his time"
Dark Trade: Lost in Boxing
"Simply fascinating - I loved this one"
Give Him to the Angels The Story of Harry Greb
"This was, until recently, the only work available on Grebb and suffers from containing myth rather than fact"
The British Boxing Board of Control Boxing Yearbook 2009 (British Boxing Board of Control Boxing Yearbook (Hugman))
"These yearbooks contain all the facts about contemporary British boxers - great reference book"
Battling Siki: A Tale of Ring Fixes, Race, and Murder in the 1920s
"The first authorative work on the fascinating life of the Senegalese fighter"
Rocky Marciano The Rock of His Times (Sport and Society)
"Probably the best book on the Brockton Blockbuster"
Jack Dempsey: The Manassa Mauler
"A great book on the Manassa Mauler - definitely should be in your bookcase"
War, Baby: The Glamour of Violence
"Wow - a brutal fight, a sad ending, an amazing battle of wills."
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