"The real life story of the original Rocky Balboa, James Braddock, whose rise from Depression era longshoreman struggling to feed his family to heavyweight champion of the world inspired a generation of fight fans.
Bolstered by the support of the only person who believed in him, his manager, his improbable rise was a remarkable story."
"This is a boxing morality tale, with Primo Carnera playing the innocent dupe.
Manipulated through the boxing rankings by the American underworld without truly understanding what is happening to him, the giant Italian becomes heavyweight champion, while never really having talent."
"I didn't realize until I began reading this that it was an autobiography, and what a treat it was to learn his story. Not only was he a thinking man's fighter, but he lived an exemplary life, through one of the horrifying eras of German history, into modern times.
Many of the "Boomers" can look back at Buster Douglas as a gargantuan upset, but Shmeling defeating Louis was every bit as huge."
"An obscure offering of columns by former Chicago Sun-Times beat writer John Schulian.
He chronicles the final pugilistic days of Muhammad Ali, the mercurial career of Leon Spinks, and my personal favorite chapter on the pathos of the journeyman fighter sitting on the bottom of boxing's food chain.
"Archie Moore was one of boxing's great practicioners.
Denied a crack at he World's Light Heavyweight championship for almost twelve years because of politics, he finally gained the title when he was thirty seven years old. He fought to almost fifty, and won more than 200 fights.
This is his story. Any true fight fan is better for knowing it."
"Floyd Patterson was the Heavyweight successor to Rocky Marciano as Champion.
He came of age in a crossover time both for America racially, and in boxing. He was a fascinating figure because of the angst he carried both in and out of the ring. He was one of the most skilled fighters of his time.
Unfortunately written in 1963, he fought on for ten more years."
"The only champion to retire with an unblemished record, and boxings true "white hope", Marciano had the intangibles in the ring that make for a great fighter, indomitable will, hard punch, and great work ethic.
Out of the ring, he had personality quirks which would qualify him as eccentric, or worse.
"Earnie Shavers was one of the hardest punchers the heavyweight division ever produced. He scored near misses in title fights versus Muhammud Ali and Larry Holmes, almost knocking Ali down and almost putting Holmes out.
Shavers is upbeat, likable and ebullient. A worthwhile read for the boxing fan."
"In the 1920's and 30's, there were many Jews occupying places in the boxing hierarchy, from journeyman, to contender to Champion. Many were hungry, shrewd, and intelligent. Some were connected through the mobsters that controlled the promotions and betting.
Barney Ross was agreat champion. Once out of the ring, he dealt with issues that would have felled lesser men."