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The Ultimate Book of Boxing Lists Paperback – January 11, 2011
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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.
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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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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".Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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Mike Tyson rarely makes an appearance in this book, owing, I presume, to Atlas's beef against him. He only appears negatively, such as in the ring-biting episode. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Caraculiambro
A list from two great boxing personalities. I wish I could've seen more than just lists though. I didn't agree with all of it. There are better boxing songs out there! Read morePublished 3 months ago by D. Paneris
This is Written by knowledgable boxing experts. Great for learning of the past-greats or reference material. For all fans of the sport.Published 13 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 on June 22, 2013 by 2JBS