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A Tiger Rose Out of Georgia: Tiger Flowers - Champion of the World
A Tiger Rose Out of Georgia: Tiger Flowers - Champion of the World
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3.0 out of 5 stars endeavour, 1 May 2014
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An interesting little biography of the lesser known of the two black southpaws who claimed the undisputed middleweight title in the twentieth century.Tiger a deeply religious man involved in the tough world of boxing.Even though boxers of that era fought a lot more frequently than they do today I got the impression in reading the book that Tiger was used by managers and promoters as a cash cow.
Boxing on without respite despite his colour managed to become world champion a tremendous achievement because of the prejudice black boxers faced and defeating Harry Greb no less.When Tiger died at such a young age the author tells of the tributes paid to him and he quotes GeneTunney and describes Tunney as classy and underated.I got the impression that he meant not just as a boxer but as a man which appears to be strange as it is well known he refused to box black boxers all his career and right up until his death in 1978 regularly came out with quite racist comments.The author refers to Harry Greb as being agricultural in style that's strange considering he pounded out a 15 round decision over Tunney yes he lost the rematch but their third match was close with a lot of ringsiders thinking Harry had done enough to win another bout between the two was a draw even more impressive when you think Harry was only a middleweight .Harry incidently did not draw the colur bar beating the top middles and light heavies of his day eventualy giving Tiger Flowers a chance at the title,which Harry lost with good grace by then past his best.This is good book for the boxing fan interested in boxing in the twenties of one of the lesser known champions


Off the Ropes: the Ron Lyle Story
Off the Ropes: the Ron Lyle Story
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4.0 out of 5 stars total determination, 1 May 2014
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When Ron Lyle and George Foreman get together in the stare down at the start of their epic battle that sums up everything about Ron Lyle as a boxer and as a person totally fearless and tremendous determination.Boxing today that kind of intensity is rarely seen maybe not at all, although Foreman eventually went on to win he later said during the bout he thought he was going to get killed.I remember watching Ron challenge Ali for the world title on TV with my father I was only 9 years old and it would have been one of the first bouts I had seen.I remember Harry Carpenter commentating and saying about how Ron had been stabbed in prison and actually died on the operating table for an amount of time before being brought around.It coloured my childs imagination it was so far removed from most peoples lives.Ron put up a creditable performance against probably the greatest heavyweight in history.In some of the other reviews I have read they describe Ron as close but no cigar almost as if his career was a failure which I believe to be incorrect.Ron gave Ali a tough battle knocked George Foreman down twice and came within a cigarette papers thinness of defeating him .He also scored a KO win over Earnie Shavers the other most avoided heavyweight of the seventies.Outside of boxing Ron seemed to have a very difficult life a lot of it seemed to be just down to plain bad luck with some people that's the way it is yet nobody ever said anything bad about him.This would be an interesting book not just about boxing but how people cope with tremendous adversity in life.When I heard of Rons passing I felt sad more sad than when I heard of Joe Fraziers death at around the same time.Writing this review gives me a chance to pay tribute to Ron, maybe I m thinking of that night nearly 40 years ago which so fired my imagination and boxing went on to be my favourite sport .Joe Frazier described Ron as having a physique like poured concrete George Foreman said Ron was the hardest puncher he met and his toughest opponent praise indeed. Thanks for the memories Ron


One Punch from the Promised Land: Leon Spinks, Michael Spinks, and the Myth of the Heavyweight Title
One Punch from the Promised Land: Leon Spinks, Michael Spinks, and the Myth of the Heavyweight Title

4.0 out of 5 stars A Tale of Two Brothers, 23 Mar. 2014
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My first memory of Leon and Michael Spinks was when they both won gold medals at the Montreal Olympics an amazing achievement for anyone let alone two guys who grew up in grinding poverty and if you read the book were still enduring it Mike just surviving on a cleaners job.My favourite of the two was Leon an all action fearless slugger who thrashed his way through the tournament.Two years later Leon challenged Ali for world heavyweight title even though he had little pro experience and pulled off a stunning upset .I remember getting up at three in morning and listening to bout on radio convinced Leon would beat an ageing Ali ,the same non stop punching which won him gold at the Olympics won him the heavyweight championship of the world Leon simply did not tire.The book then goes on to chronicle the careers and lives of both brothers ups and downs .I would recommend the book to any boxing fan especialy if you were a fan of seventies and eighties boxing of which the Spinks brothers were an integral part.


I Fought Them All: The Life and Ring Battles of Prize-fighting Legend Tom Sharkey
I Fought Them All: The Life and Ring Battles of Prize-fighting Legend Tom Sharkey
by Greg Lewis
Edition: Hardcover

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4.0 out of 5 stars Iron Man, 10 Sept. 2012
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I first knew of Tom Sharkey for his heavyweight title bout with Jim Jeffries 25 slashing rounds under hot arc lamps.This book tells the tale of Tom Sharkey not only fighting all the top ringmen of the day but of those what seem like exciting times.Read how one of Toms bouts was refereed by the famous lawman Wyatt Earp and find out what Earp was realy like.A very good boxing biography even more so if you are a fan of that era.


Battling Siki: A Tale of Ring Fixes, Race, and Murder in the 1920s
Battling Siki: A Tale of Ring Fixes, Race, and Murder in the 1920s
by Peter Benson
Edition: Paperback
Price: £18.50

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4.0 out of 5 stars smoke and mirrors, 10 Sept. 2012
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Like the author of this book I was also an avid boxing fan from an early age.My first boxing book bought for me at the age of 11.I remember the story of Battlin Siki well because he was a very colourfull character,and his controversial title fight with Georges Carpentier is easy to remember due to its strangeness Siki boxing timidly and being knocked down by what were descibed as taps before turning into tiger and demolishing Carpentier in round 6 .Or I thought I knew the story untill reading Mr Bensons excellent book.He tells a story not just about boxing but of the times they were living in.Mr Benson also gives an interesting view towards the end of the book as to why so many top boxers appeared to die in strange circumstances at still very young ages.After finishing the book I felt a great sadness and also anger at the way Siki had been treated in his life .The book reveals all is not what it seems not untill you delve deeper.


God's Middle Finger: Into the Lawless Heart of the Sierra Madre
God's Middle Finger: Into the Lawless Heart of the Sierra Madre
by Richard Grant
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.90

4.0 out of 5 stars dragoons discovery, 4 April 2012
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From an early age I was fascinated by native american indian culture,this book explores the territory of the apache peoples the Sierra Madre and Dragoon mountains.The book evokes images of people then and now as wild and fierce as the landscape.Now there are very few apache that inhabit the region but instead a wild bunch of assorted characters from folk healers to itinerant mexicans.The book captures the sense of latent menace that is always pervading even in the most seemingly harmless of situations.I had visions of one day visiting myself,but this book telling it like it is shows just how dangerous and lawless it can be.Never the less it is a fascinating read that will have your heart racing.


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