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The Great Fights: A Pictorial History of Boxing's Greatest Bouts Hardcover – February 1, 1981


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  • Hardcover: 255 pages
  • Publisher: Rutledge Press (February 1, 1981)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 083173972X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0831739720
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 8.6 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,957,351 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By The Sanity Inspector on September 3, 2003
Format: Hardcover
This out of print collection of great boxing matches was published in the early 1980s, but that's no barrier to enjoying the historical treasures herein. The obvious great fights are included: Ali/Frazier, Tunney/Dempsey, and so on, but so are many legendary bouts that deserve a new airing. I personally didn't see what was so memorable of Jose Napoles' one-sided mauling of Curtis Cokes in 1969, but it was certainly good to become acquainted with past masters like Benny Leonard, Henry Armstrong, Carmen Basilio and Barney Ross. Great rivalries are also revisited, such as the trio of bouts by Tony Zale and Rocky Graziano.
The collection is authored by many different sports writers, some of whom were present at the fights they write about, and is edited by "The Isaac Asimov of Sports," Bernard Sugar. A knockout!
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First off, as this webpage doesn't have a "click to look inside (this book)" balloon, I'll start this review by listing the "great fights" covered therein, which are:

John L. Sullivan-Jake Kilrain
James J. Corbett-Sullivan
Bob Fitzsimmons-Corbett
Joe Gans-Oscar "Battling" Nelson
Jack Johnson-James J. Jeffries
Ad Wolgast-"Indian" Joe Rivers
Jack Dempsey-Jess Willard
Benny Leonard-Ritchie Mitchell II
Dempsey-Georges Carpentier
Gene Tunney-Harry Greb II
Dempsey-Luis Angel Firpo
Tunney-Dempsey II
Henry Armstrong-Barney Ross
Joe Louis-Max Schmeling I and II
Louis-Billy Conn I
Tony Zale-Rocky Graziano I, II, & III
Ike Williams-Bob Montgomery II
Louis-Jersey Joe Walcott I
Willie Pep-Sandy Saddler II
Sugar Ray Robinson-Kid Gavilan II
Jake LaMotta-Laurent Dauthille II
Robinson-LaMotta VI
Robinson-Randy Turpin II
Joey Maxim-Robinson
Rocky Marciano-Walcott I
Carmen Basilio-Tony DeMarco II
Basilio-Robinson I
Archie Moore-Yvon Durelle I
Floyd Patterson-Ingemar Johansson I, II, & III
Cassius Clay/Muhammad Ali-Charles "Sonny" Liston I
Ali-Cleveland "Big Cat" Williams
Jose Napoles-Curtis Cokes I
Ali-Joe Frazier III
George Foreman-Ron Lyle
Larry Holmes-Ken Norton
Roberto Duran-Ray Leonard I
Matthew Saad Muhammad-Yaqui Lopez II
Ray Leonard-Tommy Hearns I

Stated to be "by Bert Randolph Sugar (then editor and publisher) and the Editors of The Ring magazine", this 255 page compilation presents some of the greatest fights of all-time ('tho, like a fellow reviewer, I don't know why Napoles-Cokes I has been included).
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By mwgreen on February 25, 2014
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
This book is another semi-masterpiece from burt sugar, a great fight historian who is no longer with us. It takes us through some of the monster, era defining prize fights going all the way back to the bare knuckle matches. Burt's wit and wisdom is apparent throughout, but you can tell his writing skills aren't as polished as in his later books. It's a pretty good book, though. Too bad it was written so long ago, back in the early eighties when he probably had to write out the manuscript with quill pen and parchment paper. He never got to the great fights of modern times, like duran / haglar, or george foreman winning the crown , again ! Ah well...
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1 of 4 people found the following review helpful By "rjgrib" on December 23, 1999
Format: Hardcover
You can't argue with the fights the author picked and he was very good at getting detailed information about the fight and the men. However, he slanted alot of his commentary with biased views. Had he remained totally objective, this would be a great book.
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