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Book review: The Fight

Norman Mailer, The Fight(London, 1975) One of the great literary treatments of boxing – just make sure you don’t take it too seriously as a fight report. Mailer weaves a wonderful tale about the Muhammad Ali v George Foreman Rumble in the Jungle, telling of the true fear behind Ali’s bravado, how he sought to […]

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Book review: Sting Like a Bee

Jose Torres and Bert Randolph Sugar, Sting Like a Bee: The Muhammad Ali Story(New York, 2002) A classic of boxing literature. Former world light-heavyweight champion Jose Torres was a friend and sparring partner of Muhammad Ali. Torres turned his expert eye on ‘the Greatest’ as Ali made his fighting comeback after having his titles stripped […]

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Book review: Smokin’ Joe

Joe Frazier with Phil Berger, Smokin’ Joe(London, 1996) Joe Frazier’s epic rivalry with Muhammad Ali was both the making and breaking of ‘Smokin Joe’s’ life, career and legacy. There are so many things to admire in Frazier’s story, but it is sad that the overwhelming impression that remains from this autobiography is the bitterness he […]

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Book review: Muhammad Ali

Thomas Hauser with Muhammad Ali, Muhammad Ali: His Life and Times(London, 1997) The essential guide to ‘The Greatest’. This superbly written book offers  a more critical view of Ali than earlier hagiographical works. Even so, the treatment of him looks slightly dated when compared to some more recent books that explore more of the contradictions […]

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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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