In every battle, every war, every trial, every tribulation and every contest, be it a sporting contest or a real life duel, there is always a winner and there is also, always, a loser In boxing, whenever there is a draw or one fighter loses a decision it is the trainer s, corner men, and managers job to scream We wuz robbed Contrary to popular opinion boxing, in todaIn every battle, every war, every trial, every tribulation and every contest, be it a sporting contest or a real life duel, there is always a winner and there is also, always, a loser In boxing, whenever there is a draw or one fighter loses a decision it is the trainer s, corner men, and managers job to scream We wuz robbed Contrary to popular opinion boxing, in today s world is not the art of self defense like it once was like it was meant to be it is, like almost all competitive sports are in the 21st Century all about one thing winning and winning at all costs Boxing, football, baseball, basketball, you name it, these sports are big business and in America that translates into one word money big money When I was growing up in the 1950 s and 60 s, sports were different Most sports stars had to work at another job besides their sport in the off season in order to support themselves and or their families In boxing, where there is no season, most fighters that I knew, many of them rated contenders, had to work for a living besides boxing And I m talking about guys that were sometimes rated the 1 contender for the title and or perennial contenders and even ex champions guys like Bobby Foster, Harold Johnson and Holly Mims, Ferd Hernandez, Andy Kendall and Freddie Little, Ralph Dupas and Luis Rodriquez, to mention only a few that I knew Back in those days although money was a big factor, in sports, I believe it wasn t the primary reason for many men becoming professional atheletes In boxing, I know, that they did so because they were caught caught because they were poor or unskilled and most of them were of such a rebellious nature that a real job wasn t an option caught because they lacked either the educational skills or the confidence in themselves to get a real job and once they had been boxing for a decade or they had developed no skills, references, self confidence or the ability to get a decent paying job I saw them for the entire decade that I boxed I saw them in restaurants and on construction jobs and in sales jobs, dishwashers, waiters, laborers, carpenters, bricklayers, car salesmen and in as many other professions as you could name almost always a job that demanded physical labor than intellect, following orders than giving them and almost always without exception, jobs that were hit hard when the economy soured or even slowed down and the first ones laid off were these ex athletes I saw them for those ten years and many years after that because I was one of them We were considered losers losers because we didn t have enough losers because we didn t have a steady job or a skill that we could turn into money Losers because here in America you are judged rightly or wrongly for the amount of stuff you have earned, acquired or saved during your lifetime Will Rogers once said I never met a man that I didn t like I don t know about that but I can say that in my decade in boxing I never met a fighter that I didn t like These stories then are stories about boxing even if they re about life you will still see the boxing gloves lurking in the background These stories are not about the winners or losers inside the boxing ring they are about the perceived winners and losers outside that ring Most of these stories are about the losers as the World would perceive them for two reasons 1 I should know losers, I lost enough, and 2 I always found the stories of the losers human interesting and so here they are If you like them I am pleased that you do and if you don t I will try to be sure to tell you when I write that other boxing book the one about the winners.
The Manly Art In every battle every war every trial every tribulation and every contest be it a sporting contest or a real life duel there is always a winner and there is also always a loser In boxing whene
I read this book about a year ago, it was I had read some of these stories that were in it and this was a great book because I love sports books esp boxing, football and both were in 1 story in here I liked all these stories This book among his others really knocked me out, figuratively speaking of course.
I thought reading this book came easy, quick reading I m a big sportsfan and love boxing and this fit the bill for me for about a week s reading very good, will read this author again.
I thought I already reviewed this book but I guess I forgot because i thought it was one of the better books on boxing I ve ever read ranks with Fat City and Million dollar baby, both of which i read The stories in here are all good, some than other, i personally liked sonny Liston s Eyes the best but they all were very easy quick reads and i enjoyed them all, they re as good or better than tom Jones book Sonny Liston was a friend of mine, which I read years ago also.
I love boxing and thought this was one of the best books of short stories I ve come across on the subject real life stuff and its the type of book you can and want to read at least some of the stories again I love the quotes also.
Ithought these were really well written and true to life I read it in about a week and am still re reading it, along with a couple others, one Joe Wambaugh and the other s Steinbeck.
I read a bunch of mr Laufenbergs books recently I love the short stories and thought these were really good I read where he was a boxer and like the reality of these stories, even though so many are brutally honest to the point of bad feelings I still read them and liked most of them enough to give it 5 stars.
I read this book like a hungry man devouring his last meal I really liked it and rate it 5 stars.
I ve got a few stories to read but already have read three of this writers books and know they will be as good as the others I am a big sports fan and of novels based on sports, especially boxing and this one is a knockout all the way great reading and i would recommend to all readers I just finished the last story and it was almost as good as the others I liked Sonny Liston s Eyes better than the others but liked them all I didn t want to rewrite this so I just added this.
Best sports book about boxing I can remember reading I m not a big boxing fan but this reaches me on a human level I would recommend it highly.
I thought it was great stuff stories that read like they re than real sad but true.