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


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  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Sports Illustrated (November 13, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1618930052
  • ISBN-13: 978-1618930057
  • Product Dimensions: 1.6 x 11.2 x 13.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #647,004 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Howard Schatz is a genius!!
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Very good quality book and great photos.
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A must have for all boxing fans.
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11 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Harold Lederman on November 3, 2012
Format: Hardcover
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Larry Banner on February 9, 2013
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That's all I can say about this over-priced book. It gives little explanation of the fighters history. I donated it to the library.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful 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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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Lars Kingbeard on June 5, 2013
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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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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Different Path on November 3, 2012
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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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Very good quality book and great photos. My husband was very happy as he bought this for a gift and it is excellent
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By Audrey L Cerniglia on January 22, 2014
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My husband loves the book. It was a great Christmas present.
I recommend this book to anyone who loves boxing.
This is a five star book as well as a five star present!
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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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