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Title:Four Kings: Leonard, Hagler, Hearns, Duran and the Last Great Era of Boxing
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Publisher:Mainstream Publishing
ISBN:1845963598
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Number of Pages:368
Category:Sports, Non fiction, History, Biography

Four Kings: Leonard, Hagler, Hearns, Duran and the Last Great Era of Boxing by George Kimball

PDF, EPUB, MOBI, TXT, DOC Four Kings: Leonard, Hagler, Hearns, Duran and the Last Great Era of Boxing By the late s boxing had lapsed into a moribund state and interest in it was on the wane In however the sport was resuscitated by a riveting series of bouts involving an improbably dissimilar quartet Sugar Ray Leonard Marvelous Marvin Hagler Thomas Hearns and Roberto Duran The Four Kings of the Ring would fight one another nine times throughout the decade and win sixteen world titles between them .

Like Ali and Frazier Dempsey and Tunney Robinson and LaMotta these four boxers brought out the best in each other producing unprecedented multi million dollar gates along the way Each of the nine bouts between the four men was memorable in its own way and at least two of them Leonard Hearns I in and Hagler Hearns in are commonly included on any list of the greatest fights of all time The controversial outcome of another the Leonard Hagler fight remains the subject of heated debates amongst fans to this day .

Leonard Hagler Hearns and Duran didn t set out to save boxing from itself in the post Ali era but somehow they managed to do so In i Four Kings i award winning journalist George Kimball documents the remarkable effect they had on the sport and argues that we will never see their likes again

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From Jack London to Joyce Carol Oates The Hurt Business is the ultimate boxing book covering a century of the greatest fighter and the writers who have followed the sweet science Beginning with Jack London s account of the championship bout between Jack Johnson and James Jeffries for which the Call of the Wildman called for and coined the term The Great White Hope and ending with Carlo Rotella s homage to Larry Holmes Champion at Twilight The Hurt Business is a near century s worth of rip roaring reveal Some of it comes ringside like Norman Mailer et some of it comes from the gym like Pete Hamill s Up the Stairs with Cus D Amato and some of it comes from so far behind the scenes you feel as if you ve been eavesdropping Thomas Hauser s excerpt from The Black Lights For fans of Norman Mailer s The Fight or George Kimball s Four Kings Leonard Hagler Hearns Duran and the Last Great Era of Boxing The Hurt Business belongs on the shelves of any fan of boxing or sublime sports writing, American writers have always been fascinated by the ring by the primal contest inside the ropes and the crazy carnival world outside them From back alley gyms and smoke filled arenas to star studded casinos and exotic locales they have chronicled unforgettable stories about determination and dissipation great champions and punch drunk has beens colorful entourages and outrageous promoters and inevitably along the way have written incisively about race class and spectacle in America Like baseball boxing has a vivid culture and language all its own one that has proven irresistible to career sportswriters and literary essayists alike br br This gritty and glittering anthology gathers a century of the very best writing about the fights Here are Jack London on the immortal Jack Johnson H L Mencken and Irvin S Cobb on Jack Dempsey vs Georges Carpentier the first Fight of the Century that captivated the world in the s Richard Wright on Joe Louis s historic first round knockout of Max Schmeling A J Liebling s brilliantly comic portrait of a manager who really identifies with his fighter Jimmy Cannon on Archie Moore the greatest fighter of the s James Baldwin and Gay Talese on Floyd Patterson s epic tilt with Sonny Liston George Plimpton on Muhammad Ali and Malcolm X Norman Mailer on the Rumble in the Jungle Mark Kram on the Thrilla in Manila Pete Hamill on legendary trainer and manager Cus D Amato Mark Kriegel on Oscar De la Hoya and David Remnick and Joyce Carol Oates on Mike Tyson National Book Award winning novelist Colum McCann Let the Great World Spin offers a foreword, In under pressure from the De Gaulle regime and encouraged by recent U S Supreme Court Decisions the legendary French pornographer Maurice Girodias relocated his famed Olympia Press from Paris to New York The first titles published under the new Ophelia imprint included J P Donleavy s The Ginger Man Terry Southern and Mason Hoffenberg s Candy and Only Skin Deep a hilarious satire on the genre by year old George Kimball br br Only Skin Deep is a vicious and intolerable mockery of the whole filth industry Hunter S Thompson br br The only book I ve ever read that had sticky pages Joe Flaherty, Collection of Columns from The Irish Times