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Before Boxing Lost Its Punch Kindle Edition

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Length: 311 pages Word Wise: Enabled

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  • File Size: 498 KB
  • Print Length: 311 pages
  • Publisher: Dave Newhouse; 1 edition (March 1, 2012)
  • Publication Date: March 1, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007G03MZC
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By WCreader on April 7, 2012
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Dave Newhouse comes out swinging in his book "Before Boxing Lost Its Punch." Much of the first round (or chapter) is a retelling of the first Tony Zale-Rocky Graziano fight, and its brutality leaves a reader almost gasping for breath. Hey, are my ribs really sore? Naw, it's just my imagination.
Seriously, though, Newhouse has put together a hard-hitting book, and he recounts all three of the Zale-Graziano brawls in vivid, punishing detail.
This book looks back to the glory days of the sport's middleweight division - arguably it's most interesting. It's a time when boxing had eight(not 17)weight classes and truly recognizable champions. It's the immediate post-World War II era and a time when a young Newhouse became a fan of the "sweet science" -- firmly taking hold when he listened with his dad to the broadcast of the first Zale-Graziano fight.
The book focuses on three middleweight champions of that post-war period: Zale, Graziano and Marcel Cerdan.
Graziano was a street hoodlum who once disrespected baseball great Lou Gehrig and later went AWOL from the Army before going on to a successful boxing career and eventually becoming a television personality. Zale, "The Man of Steel," who overcame shyness arising from the tragic death of his father to rise to world champion, took pride throughout his life in being perfectly fit physically. Newhouse captures the good and the bad of each.
But perhaps the most intriguing story is the one of the French fighter Cerdan, who had an extramarital affair with singer Edith Piaf. It ended when Cerdan died in a plane crash - a flight that was to take him back to the United States for a rematch with Jake LaMotta. Newhouse also spends time examining the life of the greatly talented but deeply troubled Piaf.
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I've got to give this book five stars alone simply for the amount of research that must have gone into it and the sheer number of golden nuggets of new information. As the previous reviewer mentioned, the book focuses on post-war period middleweight champions Tony Zale, Rocky Graziano and Marcel Cerdan and the author went to great lengths to uncover information that most of the more knowledgeable boxing fans wouldn't already know about these men. He interviewed numerous family members, friends and members of the boxing fraternity in an effort to leave no stone unturned when it came to these three champions and the end-result is a fun informative and entertaining read. Although the book focuses on these three men, the author also provides the reader with a glimpse into the lives and careers of many other boxers, trainers, managers and promoters and I thoroughly enjoyed it. The list of individuals interviewed for the book in addition to all the family members and friends included the likes of Angelo Dundee, W.C. Heinz, Bill Gallo, Gil Clancy, Bert Sugar, Don King, Bob Arum, Gene Fullmer, Carmen Basillio, Leroy Neiman, Budd Schulberg, Jake LaMotta, Joey Giardello, among a host of many, many more, and I can't help but imagine that even the most knowledgeable of boxing historians will learn many things they didn't already know. My only complaints are that some of the chapters ran a bit long and that its only available in electronic form
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