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In This Corner . . . !: Forty-two World Champions Tell Their Stories
Here is Jake LaMotta discussing his career as a hoodlum; Floyd Patterson on growing up in the ghetto; Gunboat Smith on the Jack Johnson era; Jack Dempsey on the Willard fight and the Tunney ”long count”; Rocky Graziano on showbiz; and dozens of others—including Sugar Ray Robinson, Willie Pastrano, José Torres, Carmen Basilio, Joe Louis, Willie Pep, and Archie Moore—on boxe...more
Paperback, 456 pages
Published August 22nd 1994 by Da Capo Press
(first published 1973)
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Oct 15, 2007 Monica rated it 5 of 5 stars · review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone curious about boxing, even those who think they're not
This is one of the best book's I've read. Surprising its about champion prize fighters. It inspired trips to Madsion Square Garden, a brief encounter with Angelo Dundee and is the only book I've ever stolen. Stolen from the author because the original 1973 Simon and Schuster copy is superb, complete with jacket illustrations by Pryer(?) Hane, designed by Jack Jaget. Peter forgave me long ago. This book was so good Sly Stallone lifted excerpts to write the script for Rocky.
Brilliant book- favorite chapters were Gunboat Smith, Jack Dempsey, Johnny Wilson, Fidel LaBarba, Tommy Loughran, Battling Battalino (great name), Jack Sharkey, Lou Ambers, Lew Jenkins (constantly drunk when he fought!), Fritzie Zivic, Rocky Graziano, Sandy Saddler, Jake LaMotta, Carmen Basillio, Gene Fuillmer, and Don Jordon. Oh man they're all good though... and this is an incredible document of boxing's personalities- you have to read this!!!
One of my favorite boxing books ever. Put out in the 1970's, In This Corner is a collection of interviews done by Peter Heller with retired former world champion prizefighters who were champions anywhere from the 1910's to the 1960's. I count a lot of the old time prize fighters among my heroes.