John L. Sullivan: The Career of the First Gloved Heavyweight Champion

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McFarland, 15 сент. 2006 г. - Всего страниц: 254
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Essentially the last of the bare-knuckle heavyweight champions, John L. Sullivan was instrumental in the acceptance of gloved fighting. His charisma and popular appeal during this transitional period contributed greatly to making boxing a nationally popular, "legitimate" sport. Sullivan became boxing's first superstar and arguably the first of any sport. From his first match in the late 1870s through his final championship fight in 1892, this biography contains a thoroughly researched, detailed accounting of John L. Sullivan's boxing career. With special attention to the 1880s, the decade during which Sullivan came to prominence, it follows Sullivan's skill development and discusses his opponents and fights in detail, providing various viewpoints of a single event. Beginning with a discussion of early boxing practices, the sport itself is placed within sociological, legal and historical contexts including anti-prize fighting laws and the so-called "color line." A complete record of Sullivan's career is also included.

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When this subtitle says "the career of", take it seriously. Unless one counts his stage career and his alcoholism, you'll learn nary a thing about Sullivan outside the ring. The book is a product of ... Читать весь отзыв

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Why I Undertook This Project and Why You Should Read It
1
Understanding the System Under Which They Fought
5
Sullivans World
10
The Local Rise of the Boston Strongboy
13
The Worlds Best but with Gloves
17
A Real Fight
34
Now Theyll Have to Do It My Fashion
43
The Game Little Englishman and the Maori
59
The Plateau and the Break
129
The European Tour
146
The Color Line
157
End of an Era
170
Retired?
199
Changing His Tune
209
The Legacy
215
John L Sullivans Record
221

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Unfinished Business and Prelude to a Grudge Match
99
Accepted but Not Quite
103
Mystery of the SevenRound Decision
115
Notes
231
Bibliography
241
Index
243
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Adam J. Pollack is a staff writer for Cyberboxingzone.com (CBZ), is vice chair of USA Boxing’s National Board of Review, and a member of the Women’s Subcommittee. He is also a boxing coach and attorney living in Iowa City, Iowa.

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