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Tales from the Vault: A Celebration of 100 Boxing Closet Classics Paperback – May 5, 2010

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Lee Groves is a longtime boxing fan who has been fortunate enough to turn his passion into his profession. The winner of two Boxing Writers Association of America awards, Groves wrote feature articles for Ring and KO magazines during the late 1980s and early 1990s and for MaxBoxing.com from 2005-2010. He has one of the largest private boxing video collections on earth, is an elector for the International Boxing Hall of Fame and the World Boxing Hall of Fame and is a member of ratings panels for Yahoo Sports and Ring Magazine. Groves recently joined the staff of BoxingScene.com and works as a writer, researcher and punch-counter for CompuBox, Inc. He currently lives in his hometown of Friendly, W.Va.
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  • Paperback: 738 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (May 5, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1449965601
  • ISBN-13: 978-1449965600
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 1.7 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,033,936 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I agree with the other posters.This is a GREAT book for any boxing fan. But it's not just the beautifully-described fights. The postscripts where he tells what happened to the fighters' careers afterwards is also very worthwhile.

A very dense book. Read two fights at a time, and then come the next day. You will return to this fine book again and again.
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By Mark Easter on December 20, 2011
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This massive book by Mr. Groves is a must read for hardcore boxing fans that want it all. This giant behemoth covers the little known or forgotten fights of recent history. For as big as it is I still read it in record time. Well worth the price. Big, heavy, detailed, great book.
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As much of the pertinent info about this book has been provided in Amazon's "Product Decsription" and "About theauthor" blurbs (& the "click to look inside" option), thought I'd just give prospective buyers/readers an idea as to just how detailed author Lee Groves' description of the action in each profiled bout is - and how astute and insightful a boxing analyst he is - by providing the following quotes from his coverage of the 2001 Julio Gonzalez-Julian Letterlough fight (I hope Amazon editors let me get away with this becuz it'll aptly demonstrate why TALES FROM THE VAULT: A CELEBTATION OF 100 BOXING CLOSET CLASSICS is worth purchasing):

"Gonzalez ... enjoyed huge physical advantages over Letterlough - four inches in height and eleven inches in reach. To win, Gonzalez needed to suppress his natural tendency to brawl and (instead) operate behind the jab while trying to catch Letterlough coming in with uppercuts. Meanwhile, Letterlough had to find a way inside for two reasons - to establish proper range for his bombs and to smother Gonzalez's long-armed punches ... Letterlough marched forward as the opening bell rang, moving his torso side to side to slip past Gonzalez's jab while Gonzalez took small steps to establish proper punching range ... Mindful of Letterlough's well-honed recuperative powers, Gonzalez fought with some caution and Letterlough validated Gonzalez's prudence by winging powerful, but inaccurate blows ... Ironically, by getting hurt early,Letterlough was able to draw Gonzalez into the type of inside war in which he excelled ... Gonzalez hurt Letterlough with asizzling hook, two overhand rights and a left uppercut.
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