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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
on 20 October 2008
I share the first reviewer's scoring for this book, although not his affection for the brutal end of the sport. Rather, the history of boxing (like that of its poorer cousin, pro wrestliing, and its travelling companion, the mafia) fascinates me for sociological reasons. I agree that the author has omitted to choose his preference, but he's hinted at it by listing them Leonard, Hagler, Hearns, Duran and I'd guess this matches the public perception, with SRL at the head due to his show-biz image and the rest in that sequence due to the results of high-profile contests among the four. I personally favour Hagler, who first caught my attention by thrashing the evidently-overrated A. Minter, and Hearns, who upset me late on by beating the quiety capable Dennis Andries. Each line of this book drips with detail, and you could argue that the author is simply thumbing through results in Ring magazine except that asides and qualifications confirm that he's "been there". While the switching back and forth between the four angle characters can be hard to keep up with -- and the incidental biogs of supporting characters even more so, so that I had to backtrack -- this amount of detail makes the book more "liveable". The author is also frank about the seamier side of the fight game, suicidally so with some attestations. A good read for anyone who enjoys evocative newsreel of this atmospheric sport. (Dave)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 12 August 2014
Excellent book. I was lucky enough to be a boxing fan during the era of these four "greats". The information provided in this book is outstanding. It has told me things I never knew about them. An informative read and it still captures the excitement of the boxing matches and the difference in personalities/styles. This book goes into the bookcase so I can re-read it. Brilliant.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on 4 February 2009
I like how honest the author is. He doesn't pander to Ray Leonard like many of authors and journalists tend to. That is not to say Ray Leonard's skill and ability are overlooked by the author. Hearns, Hagler, Duran and Leonard are all treated equally and unbiasedly by the author.
My only "complaint" (without wishing to sound like a 9 year old boy) was I would have liked more photographs of the pugilists.
I would recommend this book to anyone interested in the period of boxing, it really is excellently written, many insightful comments and completely without prejudice to any of the four legends.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 5 July 2011
one review of the book states that it is "An epic poem of a book that lifts the heart" i can only agree wholeheartedly with this statement. it is an stunning read, giving an insight into the world of boxing in the 80's and the many interesting characters that populated it. it's wonderful descriptive prose gives detail on duran, leonard, hagler and hearns that even the most avid boxing fan would be illuminated by. I have been telling people all about different details from this book, and would happily recommend it to all boxing fans who have an interest in the sweet science.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 3 March 2013
This is a fascinating read. The author strikes a great balance around the events of each fight. He brings the fights alive from a very neutral perspective and although your expecting a favourite to emerge, he doesn't seem to have one, giving each boxer the up most respect in their roles. Although I'm old enough to remember the fights,memories fade and this book brings them back to life. An excellent read. Thank you.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 1 October 2012
I thought this book was superb. A really engrossing account of 4 of the greatest boxers that ever laced a pair of gloves. I enjoyed the background detail of each fighter and the excellent descriptions of the big fights. It seemed like a fair and balanced account of the 4 fighters and the classic bouts between them. Definitely recommended for fight fans.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 22 January 2013
A cracking account of pugilist reportage from a guy I'd never heard of before. Boxing aficionados shall grip these pages with enthusiasm as Kimball writes with an acute attention to detail and a great sense of drama. As regards to the actual physical orm of the book it was a bit tattered but that was what I expected, innit.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 2 April 2014
Anybody who likes boxing will love the detail of this book. This era of boxing came slightly before my time but this did not stop me from reading it from cover to cover.
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on 31 July 2011
Kimball is a very respected Boxing writer and historian who passed away recently. This book is part of his legacy and documents the last truely great era of boxing, containing a four way rivalry that will never be seen in this modern game of boxing.

Kimball was so close to the game, the fighters, and the fights that his experiences, opinions, and recollections are invaluable. a truely inside look at four of the greatest fighters and rivalries boxing has ever seen.
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on 6 March 2014
If you're a fan of Hagler, Hearns, Leonard or Duran then you will find this an interesting read.

Memories of watching the bouts on tv between these 4 titans in the 80's come flooding back as soon as you look at the cover never mind thumbing through the initial pages. Enjoy
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