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on 1 May 2014
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
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on 18 August 2015
The backbone of most good books is research. This book was really well researched.

The travelling, the regularity of fights, the segregation, and still Tiger Flowers was pleasant and positive about life.

A really fantastic story about a groundbreaking, all action fighter. And anybody who has read Bob Mee's stuff knows he is genuine and extremely knowledgable about boxing.
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on 26 March 2014
Really good read although I have read a lot on the slave trade in the Deep South it's hard to believe that African Americans were still being treated the same all those years later in most walks of life
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on 12 April 2014
Written with care and highlighting the racial background to Flowers's achievements. Flowers deserved a good biographer and now has one.
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on 17 April 2015
great Book! recommend to those who are boxing fans or just fans of the period the book takes place...
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on 24 September 2014
Not what I expected a bit to much detail
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on 10 July 2014
great for any boxing lover
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on 22 May 2014
I'm only in the first pages of this book but i feel that would be interesting,the book is a portrait of the condition of the afro american in the rise of the last century.
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