Ringside: A Treasury of Boxing Reportage

Ringside: A Treasury of Boxing Reportage


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In this bountiful collection of his best boxing writing of a lifetime, Mr. Schulberg takes his fans all the way back to an epic bare-knuckle contest in England two hundred years ago; draws a revealing portrait of Uncle Mike Jacobs, the impresario of boxing in its Golden Age; expertly places Joe Louis and Muhammad Ali in the social history of their times; brings fans up to date in the careers of the great names of recent decades-Tyson, Holyfield, DeLaHoya, Hopkins, Chico Corrales; and much more. His writing sparkles with authority and insight. Here is great prose on great fighters, laced with a realistic sense of boxing's wrongs as well as its rights. Publication of Ringside is an event in the world of sports reportage.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781566637077
Publisher: Dee, Ivan R. Publisher
Publication date: 11/25/2006
Pages: 368
Sales rank: 750,966
Product dimensions: 6.49(w) x 9.16(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

Budd Schulberg is also the author of What Makes Sammy Run?, The Harder They Fall, The Disenchanted, On the Waterfront (play and screenplay), and Moving Pictures: Memories of a Hollywood Prince. He lives in Westhampton Beach, New York.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments     xi
Introduction   Hugh McIlvanney     xv
Tom Cribb vs. Tom Molineaux: The First International Championship Fight     3
Charles Freeman: The Primo Camera of the Nineteenth Century vs. The Tipton Slasher     17
When Boxing Was a Jewish Sport     28
Good Night, Sweet Princes     33
Confessions of an Ex-Fight Manager     38
Joe Louis and Social History     50
Archie Moore: All-Time Senior Citizen Champ     63
Paynight for Old Archie     63
The Champion of Communications     66
Muhammad Ali     71
King of the World     71
My Very Own Ali Movie     76
Arturo Gatti: The Manly Art of No Defense     86
Oscar De La Hoya: The Two-Hundred-Million-Dollar Man     90
Return to the Mecca     90
The Guessing Game: De La Hoya-Whitaker     93
The Oscar Express Rolls On     96
The Welters are Coming! The Welters are Coming!     103
De La Hoya-Trinidad: A Tale of Two Champions     106
Mosley-de la Hoya: My Hometown     110
Mosley-de la Hoya, Act II     119
The Real Main Event: Arum vs. King     123
Lennox Lewis:The Reluctant Dragon     127
Lewis-Golota: The Bigger they are...     127
The Emperor has no Clothes     132
Lennox Lewis: A Want of Passion     135
Roy Jones, Jr.: The Pensacola Pinwheel     140
Genius at Work     140
Jones vs. Griffin: Pretty Boy Loses Ugly     144
The Mouthpiece Hamlet     147
A for Ability, B for Bored     151
Move Over, Ruby Bob-Here Comes Roy Jones!     154
Evander Holyfield: From the Real Deal to the Sad Deal     160
Holyfield-Bowe: Act III (The Rubber Match)     160
Reenter Evander: A Big Night for Him and Him     163
Evander the Holy! The Once and Future Undisputed King     168
Evander's Homecoming and Going     171
Mike Tyson: From Wonderboy to Has-Been     176
The Softer they Fall     176
Tyson Redux: Act I     180
Requiem for a Heavyweight     184
Lewis Takes Tyson to Finishing School     191
The Little Prince: Good Hit, No Field     197
The Night of the Undisputed     201
The "Heavyweight Championship of the World"-or, Four for the Price of One     207
Ricky Hatton and Kostya Tszyu: The British Are Coming!      213
Requiem for a Middleweight     217
Felix Trinidad     222
Trinidad vs. Mayorga: Brain vs. Brawn     222
Winky Wright vs. Felix Trinidad: The King is Dead! Long Live the King!     226
No. 1 Pound-for-Pound: Pretty Boy Floyd Mayweather, Jr.     231
Weightgate, and on to World War III: Diego Corrales vs. Jose Luis Castillo II     236
Boxing Movies 101     245
Fighters and Writers: At the Boxing Hall of Fame     249
Machiavelli on Eighth Avenue     256
Index     347

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"Throughout, Schulberg exhibits a boxing IQ matched by his wit."--(John Green, Booklist)

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