A must-read anthology for championship round boxing fans – Boxing Sports

Championship round, round 2 Is an award-winning columnist and Hall of Fame for International Boxing (2020 class), a contributor to The Ring,, and more from decades of work at Philadelphia Daily News. It is an anthology of the boxing article written as. The media. An eclectic collection of stories, this book is a must-read for boxing fans or anyone who appreciates good writing. Fernandez’s prose is all muscle, no fat. His understated yet elegant style reflects the subject matter he wrote. That is, the form matches the function.

Round 2 It starts with a piece riveted as exciting as the first round of Hagler-Hearns. Two dilapidated and tattered fighters, Aaron Pryor and Jerry Quarry, are about to get a boxing license in Wisconsin. The 34-year-old Pryor has a retinal detachment as loose as the “Kinshasa Miracle” rope. The 45-year-old quarry is damaging everything and his heart is most prominent for CTE. The decision to allow each match to proceed depends on Wisconsin’s progressive legislation that guarantees equal access to people with disabilities.

The story details the issue of deciding whether a disabled, past prime boxer is allowed to fight. The Pryor / Quarry story has high expectations for the following 45 entries, and the author enthusiastically meets those expectations. (Note: Pryor was given permission to fight in Wisconsin and knocked out a can of tomatoes named Darryl Jones. The quarry license application was rejected and he died eight years later.)

The rest of the anthology keeps pace. Fernandez goes back to the history of boxing and gives an exciting account of prominent champions such as Floyd Patterson, Joe Frazier, Mike Tyson, Joe Igerdero and Emile Griffith. (Note: My dad and I saw Griffith outpoint Nino Ben Benuti in the second match and Don Danfy called for action. He loved Griffith’s trainer Gil Clancy and we Was pulling Emile.)

Champion New Orleans fighter Joe “Old Bones” Brown has a heartfelt story. I hadn’t heard of it until I read this book. “Old Bones” fought not only in the ring, but also in the Pacific Ocean during World War II. There he served the Navy and participated in the invasion of seven islands. Fernandez compares Brown’s style to Sugar Ray Robinson’s, but the story is much deeper than just boxing. Learn more about the discrimination Brown faced at Jim Crow South. To become a lightweight champion, Brown was forced to fight for peanuts for most of his career at the so-called “Citrine Circuit” and caused many obstacles that were forced to clear along the way. Maybe late, Brown took full advantage of his tenure at the top and set a division record with 11 title defenses. This is a record that lasted until Roberto Durán appeared. (The development of New Orleans in Fernandez is devoted to this.)

Along the way, it’s well known to the general public, including Riddick Bowe, Tyson Fury, Arnie Shavers (self-proclaimed the most difficult puncher in the game), Bobby Czyz, Oscar de la Hoya, and even Eric. We are investigating many fighters as well. “Butterbean” Esch, “King of the Four Rounders”. However, the lineup also includes key supporters such as Angelo Dundee, ring announcer Jimmy Lennon Jr., trainer / television commentator Teddy Atlas, and longtime Miami Herald sports columnist Edwin Pope.

The challenge when reviewing anthologies is to pick out stories that represent the entire collection.This is especially true Round 2, Because each piece deserves its own praise. Originally from Bostonian, I was particularly attracted to “Luck of the Non-Draw” that appeared in The Ring’s. Gatti Ward Special Of August 2020.

Prior to the first Arturo Gatti-Micky Ward battle, the boxing world most often regarded “Irish” Mickey as a Journeyman, a tough guy in the game but not great. We at Boston have a completely different view of our neighbors in Lowell, Massachusetts. We saw him as a talented fighter and simply needed the opportunity to prove he was more than that. Years later, we began to wonder if Ward would have the opportunity to prove himself on a larger stage.

Fate intervened in the first battle with Gatti at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Connecticut, aired by HBO. The Ring’s Fight of the Year was chosen in a 10-round war, with Ward winning a tiny majority decision. Fernandez points out that if the fight was a draw-it could have happened easily-Gatti’s manager probably went through a redo, but Ward’s victory guaranteed a near-quick rematch. A classic trilogy. Gatti won Part 2 and the finale. The finale was also selected by the Ring as the Fight of the Year. All three battles went to scorecards, but now it’s just a coincidence that classic rivalry extends beyond the original match.

Bernard Fernandez is a gift to the mysterious genre of boxing writing.I highly recommend Championship round, round 2Available for purchase Through And other book retailers.

Tom MacDonald is an assistant professor at the Woods College of Advanced Studies at Boston University and author of the Dermot Sparkhawk mystery novel.


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A must-read anthology for championship round boxing fans A must-read anthology for championship round boxing fans

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