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Best biographies of old time boxers

#1
I recently bought Unbeaten by Stanton, a biography of Marciano. Haven't started reading it yet as I have another book to get through first but who here has read a really good biography of an old time fighter that they can recommend?
 
#3
I recently bought Unbeaten by Stanton, a biography of Marciano. Haven't started reading it yet as I have another book to get through first but who here has read a really good biography of an old time fighter that they can recommend?
As you liked that one you'd probably enjoy "Sugar Ray" . This is Robinson not Leonard,same era as Marciano. With Dave Anderson. Books about more recent,lesser boxers I have enjoyed were "My Story" by Joe Bugner who will be an old time boxer to some. Also Nigel Benn.
BUT one book I consider to be a "must Read" is "In This Corner" by Peter Heller. He taped conversations with many champions of all weights,mostly just past the Robinson era. You couldn't fail to enjoy that if you could get hold of a copy. maybe have a look on Amazon as it is probably out of print.
 
#5
I like the hurricanes the 16th rd good book from the streets to prison a couple of times then he escapes and joins the army 101st airborne and joined boxing in the army and instantly got special status cause he knocked out the all army heavyweight champion cracking book well worth a read . Hard brutal life he had man but a fighter and beat the adversity .
 
#6
I like the hurricanes the 16th rd good book from the streets to prison a couple of times then he escapes and joins the army 101st airborne and joined boxing in the army and instantly got special status cause he knocked out the all army heavyweight champion cracking book well worth a read . Hard brutal life he had man but a fighter and beat the adversity .
Yes Ive got that one Alza. Theres also a few spin offs. At one time you had to pay a Kings Ransom to get that book but I think you can get it for a reasonable price,particularly on Amazon. Of course,in his own couple of books Carter proclaimed his innocence of the murder. I actually can't make my mind up whether I think he did it or not,but he might have done.The one i REALLY feel sorry for is John Artis,who was with him on the night in question. Ive a feeling he was just an ordinary Joe who got roped in to the situation. Course,we will never know the real truth. Any ideas yourself?
 
#7
Another one for @murphyx500 . One of the best Ive read is Chuvalo a Fighters Life. Not only a brilliant insight into the Ali era as he fought almost everybody but a very detailed read about his hard life,in particular the deaths of sons and wife suicide.
 
#8
Only kept hold of 2 books in times of selling off and downsizing; My Life Story: Joe Louis and Sugar Ray (as already mentioned.)



Enjoyed The Great White Hopes: The Quest to Defeat Jack Johnson - but been a while since picked up a boxing biography. Also pop into charity bookshops on off chance might find an old one donated.
 
#9
the Prince of Boxing
the Rochdale Thunderbolt
Gilroy was Here!

the Golden area of British Boxing and three of the greatest fighters to grace her rings.
 
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