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  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Mainstream Publishing (12 Sept. 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1840186054
  • ISBN-13: 978-1840186055
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 2.5 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 115,461 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"'McIlvanney on Boxing shows just how enduring good sports journalism can be.'Independent. 'Essential reading.'Sunday Times 'Anyone who admires writing as muscular as it is graceful should buy this book.'Daily Telegraph 'Gritty, passionate prose.' The Observer."

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'The genius of McIlvanney is his ability to magnify and precisely delineate those elements of sport which contain fundamental truths about the human condition.' Scotsman

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I read McIlvanney in the Sunday Times on a regular basis. His work is out of the very top drawer, on football and many other sporting issues, but boxing is his first love and this volume showcases his talents vividly. Using his vast repertoire of work this look at boxing from the late 50s through to the 1990s illustrates his ability to paint canvases of the sport as no one else can. His command of the language and the skill to deliver wonderful build ups and reports on some of the Fights of the Century (Ali v. Frazier 1971, "The Rumble in the Jungle", Leonard v. Hearns 1981, Watt, Winstone, McGowan and Buchanan of the Brits) are engrossing reads. His commentaries and evaluations of fights and fighters are unsurpassed. Excellent read!
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This book is one of the few of its kind. It starts with a preview of the Rumble in the jungle fight and concludes with the Tyson Vs Holyfield rematch. The unique aspect is that Mcllvanney features the key fights of the past 20 years that he previously wrote at the time. He includes the preview then the review of the fight.
This works very well indeed and the end result is a cross between a reference/hostorical book.
I`d suggest that solid boxing fans buy this as it is decently priced and a book that you`d want to read again and again because of the historical referances.
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Amazed someone gives this a meagre star, it is certainly the finest writing by any Briton on boxing and the equal of Bud Schulberg or any of the great Americans. 'Boring'? Not remotely, McIlvanney brings immense knowledge and love to bear on this subject, which having seen Johnny Owen die after a fight he witnessed, left his conscience troubled, he creditably admits. He 'reads' boxers well, he understands and writes finely about its characters and various great fights: we are lucky he was around and at his peak in arguably the golden age of Heavyweights when Ali, Frazier, Foreman and the underrated Ken Norton all fought each other often, (any one of whom would have troubled Tyson, who was unlucky in that his mentor Cayton died and necessary trainer Teddy Atlas had to leave, seeing the indiscipline that would later see him taken apart by Buster Douglas fighting the fight of his life and hammer him, then himself to vanish. Sorry, had to). Compelling and highly literate, well his brother William is a novelist, reminding me of C.L.R. James's remark, itself appropriated from Kipling, and I too will adapt, "What do they know of boxing, who only boxing know?" Mcllvanney knows about much besides boxing, which is one reason he is so good on it. A superb read that bears rereading; I do, frequently. Thank goodness he was around to write on Ali, without question boxing's greatest ever character and everyone agrees - apart from Nick Tosches - one of the two greatest ever pound-for-pound fighters, with Sugar Ray Robinson.
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For anyone who is remotely interested in boxing and, especlally anyone who enjoys quality writing, then this book is a must read.
I'd known about the existence of this anthology of Hugh McIlvanney's boxing journalism for many years. I don't follow boxing now, but did during the golden period of the seventies and on into the eighties, a period which included a number of genuine legends of the sport (Ali, Frasier, Foreman, Hagler, Leonard, Duran etc). I used to enjoy McIlvanney's coverage of the fights these guys had then and I'd known about the existence of this anthology of Hugh McIlvanney's boxing journalism for many years.
When I bought it I wondered if the writing would be as good as I remembered and whether the characters would still seem like flawed gods. I needn't have worried, both were as potent, even more potent, than I remembered them.
There have been some excellent sports journalists over the years, but Hugh McIlvanney, for me, is the best.
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McIlvanney is not just one of the best sports writers around, he's one of the best writers around. And this is as good as it gets for lovers of boxing. His deep and extensive knowledge, and his humanity, are all on display in this essential exposition of the heroic and tragic faces of the sport.
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McIlvanney on Boxing is, without doubt, one of the best boxing books I have ever read. The author, who is an absolute master of metaphor, takes you into the hearts and minds of his subjects with a wonderful clarity that is educational, moving and exhilarating, all at the same time. I have just finished reading this excellent work, and I know I will be revisiting those pages for many years to come. Any boxing fan who has not read this tome should buy a copy and read it immediately.
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