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Sporting Blood: Tales from the Dark Side of Boxing

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"I just read Carlos Acevedo on Davey Moore in Boxing News and I think he may well be the best boxing writer in the world today."--Danny Flexen, Boxing Monthly

Sporting Blood is a new collection of twenty-one essays by multiple award-winning boxing writer and historian Carlos Acevedo. The book's foreword was written by Thomas Hauser, Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award no
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Paperback, 256 pages
Published March 31st 2020 by Hamilcar Publications
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Lee Tait
May 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
Solid 4 Star ,reqlly enjoyed it.
Jimmy
Apr 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book proves what those of us who follow and read about boxing have known for years: Carlos Acevedo is the best boxing writer active today. Stylistically, he’s peerless, blending a formal understanding of literature, of good writing, with a talent for creative yet familiar analogies - Think Kool G Rap with a Masters in American Literature.

His method also sets him apart. Acevedo sets each essay in the context that furnishes the richest understanding for the reader. You cannot fully understand
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Anyone who follows the sport of boxing knows that for every success story, there are many others that have a darker side. Even for those fighters that have enjoyed tremendous success during their careers, many of them had other tales of woe. These can range from financial problems, drug abuse, crime, even an untimely death. This book by boxing writer Carlos Acevedo tells some of these stories on many different boxers from different weight classes and eras.

The variety of the stories and the boxer
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Joseph Hirsch
Jun 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
How many boxing scribes do you know of who would compare the plight of Mike Quarry, suffering from pugilistic dementia in the twilight of his years, to the cutup technique pioneered by William S. Burroughs? Carlos Acevedo is one of those boxing heads who knows the fight game but also knows a lot about other subject, too, and he marshals everything he knows to turn in a quality (but not quite great) addition to a massive corpus of books on boxing.

A lot of this overland journey is made on very wel
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Katie P.
Apr 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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Award-winning boxing writer, Carlos Acevedo has given us a beautiful collection of essays highlighting the people, the events, and the complexities that make up the world of boxing. Sporting Blood: Tales from the Dark Side of Boxing contains 20 essays dedicated to people from Muhammad Ali to Johnny Tapia to Mike Tyson to Eddie Machen and events like Wilfredo Gomez v. Lupe Pintor, the curious death of Sonny Liston, and the interestingly complicated relationship between Joe Frazier and Muhammad Al ...more
Chris Carlisle
Aug 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is one of the most captivating boxing books I've ever read simply because the author is such an outstanding writer who takes influence from all of the great boxing writers of old including Thomas Hauser, Nat Fleischer and Bert Sugar. He has a very Vivid way of putting things and has a very colorful writing style. The stories in this book are some that you may have never heard even if you read other boxing books and it kind of reminds me of 'Boxing Babylon' and 'The Squared Circle: Life, Dea ...more
Angus Jonson
Oct 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Saw Donald McRae recommended this do picked it up. Just phenomenal writing, really. Stories of tragedy, of excess, of corruption, of abuse inflicted and suffered - and an unsparing depiction of the sport's brutality, through physical punishment that'll make you wince, and the enduring scars felt for a lifetime ...more
Bruce Egert
Sep 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Not for boxing fans only

Boxing is not about boxing. It's about poor uneducated kids trying to earn respectability. along the way they get caught up and stopped by the very sport that they had hoped would redeem their already experienced lives. So sad yet so dramatic. A
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Aron
Jun 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A stylist with a deep commitment to reportage, Acevedo is the best sports writer and deep-thinker.
Stephen C. King
Aug 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Easy Read

A collection of tragic boxing life stories setup in short story from. Loved every chapter, made me laugh and cry.
Joshua
Oct 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
Solid essays on the sweet science.
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