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Hit Man: The Thomas Hearns Story by [Hughes, Damian, Hughes, Brian]
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4.3 out of 5 stars 32 customer reviews

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'Compelling.' -- DAILY STAR

'One of the best biographies of a professional fighter since 'Unforgiveable Blackness'. A must read for all boxing fans.' -- SADDOBOXING.COM

'A fine tribute to a great, great fighter.' -- DUBLIN EVENING HERALD

'The Hit Man unleashed.' -- THE RING

'An engrossing book on a thrilling fighter.' -- BOXING MONTHLY

About the Author

Brian Hughes is a renowned boxing coach who has known Thomas Hearns since his teens. He is the author of numerous bestselling boxing and sports biographies. Damian Hughes, is founder of the consultancy www.liquidthinker.com and the author of several books on success and leadership.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 765 KB
  • Print Length: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Milo Books Ltd (4 May 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004ZGWBQ6
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 32 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #91,727 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Was initially thrilled to discover a well overdue book on the great Thomas Hearns. I have been a huge fan for years and although the book is accurate , the only slight letdown was there was,nt more depth about the man himself. Most importantly the book is honest and even though Hearns was/is my favourite fighter he did lose the two big ones, this should not however detract from his legacy. A huge part of Hearns appeal strangely was his own vulnerability , you never quite knew which way his fights would go.People will forever reference the Hagler match, but Hearns purists will acknowledge other memorable bouts such as his cruiserweight war with Freddie Delgado who had Hearns on the brink of defeat in several rounds.For sheer bravery I implore any one to seek out this fight, and although in his mid thirties still produced one hell of a display.The Hughes book was critical of his defences against the likes of Mark Medal ,although Hearns looked distracted in that bout I rememember moments of terrific switch hitting to body and head the likes of which are rare today.If Hearns had beaten Hagler and then Spinks as opposed to Roldan/Andries his four title feat would be held in higher esteem.A magnificent achievement never the less and a great read, enjoy as we may never see his like again !
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Arrived on time. An interesting read about one of the great boxers from the golden age of middleweight- ish boxers. Not too much from the man himself but some more interesting info. about the reasons some fights weren't made. Also lots of info. about his erratic performances. Just has to go into the library with the books about Hagler, Leonard etc.
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I can remember watching one boxer in particular growing up in the 1980s who always guaranteed drama and excitement every time he fought, that boxer was Thomas `The Hit Man' Hearns. Firmly in the `hit or be hit' category Hearns always figured in thrilling edge of your seat contests where the outcome was never certain. His fights with Sugar Ray Leonard, Marvin Hagler and Roberto Duran have sealed his credentials as a boxing superstar. His eight world titles at six different weights have ensured he is considered an all time great of the sport. No one has tackled the life of this legendary boxer until now...

Brian Hughes is a respected trainer of champions and has served British boxing loyally for forty five years. He has already written many sports biographies on footballers as well as boxers and is amply qualified to tell the Thomas Hearns story. His son, sports psychologist, Damian is also an accomplished writer in his right. So with this undoubted pedigree, does their book deliver on its promise?

Well, my answer after completing its 234 pages is an emphatic yes! I was so relieved that I enjoyed this book and both Hughes' did justice to one of my heroes from the eighties. Hughes Sr actually witnessed first hand Hearns' training at the famous Kronk Gym in Detroit. It was here in this tough, no-nonsense environment that master technician and boxing coach Emmanuel Steward helped to hone the skills of a slew of talented young boxers from deprived backgrounds and turned them into world class operators, including his most famous protégé, Thomas Hearns.

Like the man himself this book is a down to earth straightforward account of one of boxing's most celebrated and loved sons.
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I have been keeping my eyes open for a biography of Thomas Hearns for years.

Most 30 somethings living in the UK will remember the memorable televised battles with Hagler, Schuler and Andries from the 1980s and will have read reviews before of Tommy's other famous tilts (Duran and Leonard x 2) but this book puts a little more meat on the bone and reviews all of Hearns' fights from the 1970s through to the noughties.

The book is very factual and would have benefited from some up to date input from maybe friends, family and opponents but overall a very good read that wont disappoint.

Anyway what choice have you got - there are no other biographies for the Hit Man.

TS
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Books about Hearns are sorely thin on the ground so I was pleased to see this.

It's a good read, entertaining and covers the main facts without being dry or geeky.

My main two gripes with it are minor, but fairly fundamental.

The first is that it's a biography but there's only a sprinkling of quotes from Hearns himself, and they're gathered from old press articles or interviews. Which is odd, given that Hughes states himself at the beginning of the book that he's friends with Hearns and Steward.

The second is that the chronology is all over the place. It talks about Hearns wanting to fight Roy Jones Jnr in 1989/1990 when he was at super middle, but Jones was barely a 10 fight novice then. It seems to flip backwards and forwards in time for no real reason at various points.

Don't let that put you off, it's still a very good read and despite flagging towards the last chapter it's a quick read.
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A very thorough and well researched book, clearly the result of a great effort on the part of the authors,

Tommy is synonymous with the eighties especially and this book does not disappoint.

I would have no hesitation in recommending this to anyone interested in the Hit Man story.
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