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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.

About the Author

Bert Sugar has been called “the greatest boxing writer of the 20th century” by the International Veterans Boxing Association. A sports-media icon with his trademark cigar and fedora, Sugar appears regularly on ESPN, HBO, and Showtime as a commentator on boxing and baseball. In addition to being the one-time owner and editor of Boxing Illustrated magazine, and editor and publisher of The Ring, Sugar has written over 80 books on boxing. He lives in Chappaqua, New York.

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.


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Running Press; Original edition (January 11, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0762440139
  • ISBN-13: 978-0762440139
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 5.9 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #97,348 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Nero3000 on March 30, 2011
Format: Paperback
Boxing fans are second only to baseball fans when it comes to loving "lists". That makes this book invaluable to any boxing library. Bert and Teddy have selected interesting topics for lists, filled them with humor, historical insight and even a dash of nostalgia here and there. The only thing that kept me from giving it a full count of stars were the numerous errors throughout. Just a few of the more glaring:

Page 47: Marvin Hagler was knocked down by Juan Roldan, not John Mugabi(as stated by the previous reviewer). On the same page, in praise of George Chuvalo's chin, it states that he took punches from "the most fearsome punchers in recent heavyweight history", mentioning Foreman, Frazier, Ali and Quarry. The first two I have no problem with. But Ali?? Quarry??? Fearsome punchers????? That's the first time I've ever heard those two placed into THAT category. Neither of them were considered "fearsome punchers" during their careers. I would replace those two names with Cleveland Williams, Mike DeJohn and Oscar Bonavena; three brutal punchers who possessed far more power than Ali and Quarry.

Page 48: Chuvalo fought MIKE DeJohn, not Joey. Joey was Mike's brother and a middleweight who retired before Chuvalo began his pro career.

Page 50: "Greatest Latino Fighters". Sugar Ramos and Efren Torres make the list, but not Carlos Monzon? Eder Jofre? Pascual Perez? Carlos Ortiz? Wilfredo Gomez? Kid Gavilan? Kid Chocolate?

Page 52-53: "Greatest Southpaws". No Freddie Miller??

Page 54: "Best Left Hooks". Sure we all love Mickey Ward and Henry Cooper (what's not to love?). Both had nice left hooks but neither belongs anywhere near ANY top 10 list of "best left hooks".
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By feedthecat on January 12, 2011
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Lists, lists, lists. In no other sport are fans as engrossed by (subjective) "greatest", "best", etc lists than in boxing and, in THE ULTIMATE BOOK OF BOXING LISTS", boxing writer and commentator Bert Randolph Sugar and trainer, analyst, commentator, and former boxer Teddy Atlas provide plenty of them.

Sure, there are instances when a selection on a list makes NO sense whatsoever (fro example, Sugar ranking the great Tony Canzoneri as the 12th greatest all-time pound-for-pound fighter DESPITE excluding him from his all-time top ten bantamweight and featherweight lists and only rating him as the 10th best lightweight and fourth best junior welterweight in history), and, yes, Sugar and Atlas often bow to the opinion of the mob (e.g.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By irishironmike on August 5, 2012
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As far as i know this is one of the last books put out by the late Bert Sugar. I haven't always agreed with Bert Sugar on every thing but always found him to be entertaining and insightfull. Boxing will miss him im sure. Teddy Atlas co-authored this book, another one of boxings great men who knows the very depths of the sport in history as well as science. This book does contain a few errors and typos as previous reviewers have pointed out but i still find this book hard to put down. It also contains lists created by boxers themselves like Ali,Chuvalo,Terrell and more. you don't have to agree with every thing to like it. Just gets your imagination going! I say this is a great book for any fight fan!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Angerew86 on March 8, 2012
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If you watch boxing, you are exposed to a gargantuan array of opinion-based analyses. You have the blow-by-blow commentators narrating what you are to believe is taking place inside the ring, the referee who manipulates the action and scolds when he believes the fighters get out of line, the trainers who try to mend the psyche of their fighters in the corner, the audience who cheer for the local favorite, the fighters who have the unwritten obligation to always believe they are better than the other guy, the judges who decide the fate of the bout, the TV viewers who are often in an alcohol-induced frenzy regardless of their man winning or losing, the journalists who dwell on what they saw and record what they believe--and then you have the historians who take everything into consideration and frame the event in time.

In "The Ultimate Book of Boxing Lists" We are fortunate to have the greatest historian of the sport in Bert Sugar and a revered trainer in Teddy Atlas who has just about as much experience of the ring as anyone you could ask for. So amidst the confusion of opinions coming from all angles, the only thing that can bring clarity is time--and these guys have witnessed lot of matches and have had a lot of time to think about them.

This is quite possibly the most important historical book on the sport of boxing. Teddy Atlas and Bert Sugar not only write lists of who they believe are the best in a specific attribute, but every item on each list has a paragraph giving context to the boxer's position on the list. There are so many lists in this book that it's quite adequate to say we will not need another book like this for fifty years.

Read this thoroughly for a good understanding of the history, or keep it as a reference.
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