The title of the book
“Death in the Ring” should not be taken literally. Most boxers don’t die
during fights. They survive their careers but are too often left brain damaged
and vulnerable to many other maladies, medical and psychological. The book is
not an indictment of boxing, but rather a celebration of the brave and
talented men who in epic confrontations stir the souls of millions and thus
persuade them to ignore the tragedies and premature deaths that await those
who fight in the ring.
The sport of boxing has long captured the hearts and souls of millions. Its
raw fury has been romanticized, its contenders glorified. But always in the
background, there remains the dark reality of life after boxing: bodies
battered and minds damaged beyond repair. The greatest enemy of the boxer is
not his opponent, but the sport itself. Death in the Ring celebrates the
bravery inherent in the sport of boxing. It’s a celebration of conquering
fear and taking the greatest risk of all – self-sacrifice – for the glory
of the sport.
The book offers a
number of stories covering all boxing eras. Stories are written from
the fighter’s point of view and are not only about fights, but also about
their families or life after boxing. Fictional bouts are included.
You will find Jack Johnson Challenging Dempsey and the humorous
Mandella versus Obama bout just to name a few.
The title of the book is a bit misleading as the
stories are not about death but reflect more on the life of boxing.
I recommend this
book to all boxing fans and personally enjoyed it from first page to last.
Anyone who enjoys reading boxing books will want to add to this book to their library.
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