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Book review: The Harder they Fall

Budd Schulberg, The Harder they Fall(1947) A true period piece and a classic of boxing literature. Schulberg’s memorable prose tells the thinly disguised, horrifying tale of former world heavyweight champion Primo Carnera – although in the book the unfortunate Italian is portrayed as innocent Argentinian Toro Moreno. The book was made into an excellent film […]

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Book review: Ringside

Budd Schulberg, Ringside: A Treasury of Boxing Reportage(Chicago, 2006) If, like me, you are a big fan of Schulberg’s writing, then this is a collection of his work that you simply cannot miss. From an epic bare-knuckle brawl in England over 200 years ago, through boxing’s golden era and into the 21st century, the consistent […]

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Book review: Loser and Still Champion

Budd Schulberg, Loser and Still Champion: Muhammad Ali(London, 1972) A short book written in the aftermath of Muhammad Ali’s first professional defeat, in the ‘Fight of the Century’ at Madison Square Garden, the first of his three epics against Joe Frazier. The context is long lost, but it’s still a book that can be enjoyed […]

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