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Pound for Pound: A Biography of Sugar Ray Robinson

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Hailed by critics as a long overdue portrait of Sugar Ray Robinson, a man who was as elusive out of the ring as he was magisterial in it, Pound for Pound is a lively and nuanced profile of an athlete who is arguably the best boxer the sport has ever known. So great were Robinson's skills, he was eulogized by Woody Allen, compared to Joe Louis, and praised by Muhammad Ali, ...more
Paperback, 336 pages
Published January 3rd 2006 by Amistad (first published 2005)
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Jul 22, 2007 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Boxing fans in search of perspective
Pound for Pound is a good book about an exceptional athlete who was also a decent man. Whatever else it is, it is a reminder of what a brutal craft prizefighting was and always will be.

As a writer Herb Boyd is about average. There are times when he is out of his depth in writing about boxing - he makes a bizarre early reference to how many more amateur fights Robinson had (69) than contemporary fighters (Floyd Mayweather, as a timely example, had more than 220) - and there are times when he's re
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Jul 30, 2008 rated it did not like it
Shelves: boxing
If you don't like boxing at all, this sure is the boxing book for you! I actually couldn't finish it - I had to put it down when the author said that Robinson "kayoed" his opponent. That's fine for a regular book, but KO is a term of art in boxing and it has a particular meaning. And spelling. Aside from the evident disinterest in actual boxing, I was left with more question about Sugar Ray than answers. If you're looking for African American history there are better books, and if you're looking ...more
Jul 04, 2010 rated it really liked it
A great book for any boxing or Harlem Renaissance fan. Often seen and acclaimed as THE best boxer of all-time and one of the best businessmen of Harlem, this book will give you a detailed look at Ray Robinson's life. And it showed me that a man with such great looks, personality, and a man who at times made victory look so effortlessly, can have many faults and struggles as well. A great novel to humble any champ!
Jun 22, 2011 rated it really liked it
As sports biographies go, especially given that the reader - me - has no real knowledge of boxing other than enjoying the odd big fight night here and there, I thought it offered an interesting insight into the man himself and the murky world of sports promotion and the corruption and exploitation inherent in all sporting celebrity
Dec 18, 2007 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Yes
The life of the best boxer in the history of the sport. The focus is more on his life, his relationship w/ his wife, and living in Harlem in the late 40s and early 50s. Its good, but im more interested in his fights.
Feb 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Great biography! Sugar Ray's record 175-19-6 with two no-decisions still has to be one of the best records ever in boxing.

Sugar Ray Robinson is pound for pound the best boxer ever born!
Sep 22, 2016 rated it liked it
A good boxing biography. There isn't a lot here that isn't in Sugar's autobiography but a good read for boxing fans.
Dec 08, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
OK but a little superficial. A chronological account without a whole lot of insight. I'm sure he was more interesting than this.
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Herb Boyd is an awarding winning author and journalist who has published 17 books and countless articles for national magazines and newspapers. Brotherman:The Odyssey of Black Men in America: An Anthology (One World/Ballantine, 1995), co-edited with Robert Allen of the Black Scholar journal, won the American Book Award for nonfiction. In 1999, Boyd won three first place awards from the New York As ...more
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