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Library Journal, March 17, 2011
It's hard to imagine a team better equipped to compile this work than Sugar, boxing writer nonpareil, and Atlas, boxing analyst and trainer of champions. Throw in a few lists by guests like Muhammad Ali, and you have a book that will appeal greatly to boxing enthusiasts. Among the 88 lists are the expected (greatest fighters); the arcane (best body punchers); the amusing (best boxing nicknames); and the puzzling (heavyweight Ernie Terrell's favorite singers and musical groups). The book falls short of Sugar's stated intent to, through a collection of orderly miscellanea, create a kind of shorthand history of the sport, but to do so would be difficult. A winner by a majority decision, though an index sure would have been handy.
Teddy Atlas has been a well-respected boxing trainer since 1976, including six years at the legendary Catskill Boxing Club of Cus D’Amato and serving as Mike Tyson’s trainer for the first four years of his career. Atlas joined ESPN in September 1998 to serve as ringside analyst for ESPN2’s weekly series Friday Night Fights, and has also served as a ringside analyst for Showtime, ABC Wide World of Sports, and HBO radio broadcasts. He lives in upstate New York.
This is Written by knowledgable boxing experts. Great for learning of the past-greats or reference material. For all fans of the sport.Published 2 months ago by Antonius
I chose to do this rating because i want everyone to see how good this book was. This book is a must have for every boxing fan or even non boxing fans. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Jennifer Bushen
I never was a boxing fan that agreed with Bert Sugar very often so his lists are like everything else he said and wrote- some of it is dead on and some of it makes you scratch your... Read morePublished 23 months ago by Mark Easter
Saw this as a gift opportunity for our son. He loved it! He has really gotten use out of it.Published on January 12, 2013 by Keith T. Harper
interesting but the writers chronically overate fighters from pre War. If you believe them 90% of the greats fought between 100-1935... Read morePublished on December 3, 2012 by Peter Zarris
Such a good read. Flick open to a page and check out an awesome run down of boxers and listsPublished on August 13, 2012 by That Guy
Flipped through this at the bookstore, decent, but very lacking in some lists. A lot of the lists center around "concensus" (since it's Sugar and Atlas you should expect no less. Read morePublished on October 1, 2011 by Jon Mitchell