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Off the Ropes: the Ron Lyle Story Paperback – 5 May 2010

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Product details

  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Scratching Shed Publishing Ltd (5 May 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0956252621
  • ISBN-13: 978-0956252623
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 1.8 x 23.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,109,090 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Ron Lyle learnt to box in prison whilst serving a 7 and a half year sentence for murder, and within a few years of turning professional, had established himself as a top-10 contender. It's just unfortunate for Lyle that he fought in the same era as some of the greatest heavyweights of all time. Even then, he had Ali beat for 10 rounds, and floored Foreman twice in a brutal encounter, before eventually losing both fights. After retirement came the harsh realities of life outside the ring, which many boxers have had difficulty dealing with; Lyle was no exception, and ended up sleeping rough at one stage. He finally found a new goal in life with the opening of a youth centre in Denver which bears his name.

This is an excellent read. Not only did Ron Lyle fight household names such as Ali, Foreman and Bugner, away from the ring, he had to deal with 2 murder charges, failed relationships, children lost to adoption, and family tragedy. The author clearly knows her subject her well, and in Ron Lyle, has a very worthy subject indeed.
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Although not well known to the general public Ron Lyle is a legend among boxing fans. His slugfest with George Foreman was truly astonishing. He pushed Ali all the way in a title fight and fought other brilliant fighters like Jerry Quarry and Ernie Shavers the KO King. Ron Lyle was big and tough, another opponent Joe Bugner has said that Lyle nearly killed him. Most fascinating of all Lyle learned to box in prison where he was sentenced for second degree murder or manslaughter in UK terms. Although Lyle never became world champion he was one of the best fighters around in the golden age of heavweight boxing, the 1970s. He was also an intelligent and perceptive man as this sympathetic and well written book makes clear. See also his fascinating interview on the film Facing Ali. Lyle does not emerge as a bad man but rather a man who grew up in a time and place where you had to be tough to survive. The Ron Lyle story deserves an audience and this book does the man full justice.
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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.Read more ›
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Not a great deal written about Ron but he boxed most of the 60's / 70's boxing legends and he tells his story well. A very worthwhile purchase imo.
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