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At the Fights: Inside the World of Professional Boxing Hardcover – November 13, 2012

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Sports Illustrated (November 13, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1618930052
  • ISBN-13: 978-1618930057
  • Product Dimensions: 11.4 x 1.4 x 14.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #959,727 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Danielle on December 28, 2012
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this was a gift for my boyfriend, big boxing fan. It was cool to see his excitement as he knew pretty much every boxer, judge, and promoter while we skimmed the pages. This book is big btw! The photos are all intense looking, showing the boxers skin pores and sweat! Did not personally enjoy how the photographer tinted ALL the pics to a real dark bluey almost dark flourescent look, but I guess its supposed to look artsy. More like a photo book in my opinion but it seemed to please my boyfriend so I'd recommend it for those looking for a cool gift for a boxing fan.
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This will be disappointing book to any boxing fan. It focuses on dull portraits and gimmicky staged photos that look like rejects from a j c penny catalog, to the near total exclusion of photos of boxers actually boxing. The only such photos that appear are squeezed into tiny boxes 6 or more per page, but don't worry there are glorious 2 page spreads of boxers grinning and showboating, throwing shadow punches in flowing robes, posing and preening like prize hens. There are stupid shots of boxers screaming at the camera, shots of ringside announcers and commentators striking thoughtful poses, shots of stadiums, gyms and speedbags, shots of boxers punching while being deluged with water like something straight out of zoolander. Added to this mess is a flood of melodramatic verbiage, mainly from the talking heads at hbo, about how boxing is a metaphor for life and the ultimate test of human spirit yadda yadda who cares etc. Too bad schatz didn't deem the sport itself worthy of being photographed.
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Howard Schatz's, "At The Fights" is a very well done book which bring all the players in boxing, the fighters, promoters, referees, writers, physicians and of course the judges into your home in one huge outstanding beautifully photographed compendium. It gave me the opportunity to identify with everyone from Puerto Rico's Ivan Calderone to New York State Athletic Commission Physician Gerard Varlotta, all shot by Howard Schatz as you have never seen them before. From Vic Darchinyans left hook to Juan Manuel Lopez's right uppercut, you will learn the beauty that is boxing, done as noone else could shoot it. Howard Schatz just about brings boxing to life in his masterful work of great photography. All boxing fans must have a copy of, "At The Fights".

Harold Lederman
HBO Sports
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Dear Howard Shatz,

The book was a gift from a friend. What a wonderfully artistic addition to the sport of boxing. There are too many superb photos in it to cite here -- all for different aesthetic reasons -- but the colorizing of heavyweight, Kevin Johnson, (page 233), for some reason, stands out.

So does Shatsz's succinct and sagacious comment in his "Artist's Note", (page 235), that boxing is "gut-level theater of the real."

Again, great book
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I know this is a weird title for a review, but since I love boxing and MMA, I bought this book after seeing it mentioned in one of my photography magazines. The photographs are amazing. Howard Schatz is a gifted photographer.
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Great book if you like just pictures and quotes. Personally, I like books that have a detailed history of the fighter or the sport itself. This book just has pictures of various boxers along with quotes from them. The photographs are of high quality. The quotes do give you an inside look on boxers' perspectives. But again I would have liked some information. I still think the book was a good buy.   Overall, good book,  beautiful photography, nice inside look of boxers' minds. 
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What a fascinating book. From the first pages of the forward to the end of the artist's notes, At The Fights gives a panoramic view of the world of boxing, including the perspectives of the promoters, trainers, ringside physicians and of course, the athletes themselves. The book brilliantly captures the punishing physical conditioning, the emotional isolation and iron-willed determination to enter a high-level boxing match. There is tremendous attention to detail in every photograph, and every photograph is interesting and beautiful. I wasn't a boxing fan before I read the book, but I left with a deep respect for the boxers and their sport. This is a work of genius.
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Bear in mind this is a coffee table book of extraordinary photography of an extraordinary group of people who have chosen the oddest, toughest life for themselves. I liked the side-bar pieces from refs and fighters, but wish there were more. More writing, even in a photo book, would have been great, perhaps to capture in words some of the feeling that simply drips off the page here.
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