References from film and TV are what flash into most people’s memory today when the subject of boxing arises in conversation. There are just too many great, engaging examples to draw on, from both real and fictional stories (Rocky 45 and Tyson v. Holyfield being exceptions). Before technology padlocked our imagination, though, writing was the way the thrill of jabs and hooks were shared with those who weren’t ring-side, along with a not-so-subtle dose of social commentary. At The Fights: American Writers on Boxing ($24) is a collection of 50 award winning articles on boxing compiled and edited by longtime sportswriter for the Boston Herald, George Kimball and former Chicago-Sun Times and sports columnist, John Sculian (whose other claim to fame includes being the co-creator of Xena: Warrior Princess – seriously). Covering every angle of the sport, this book is a must read for any fan craving context for its greatest characters and events, both in and out of the square.
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