The Big Fight: My Life in and Out of the Ring
The Big Fight
My Life in and Out of the Ring
Paperback      ISBN: 0452298040
In his New York Times bestselling memoir, one of America's greatest boxing legends faces his single greatest competitor: himself

"Champions come and go, but to be legendary you got to have heart, more heart than the next man, more than anyone in the world. Ray's heart was bigger than all the rest. He would never stop fighting."--Muhammad Ali

In Washington, D.C., during the 1970s, a black man could get into the newspapers in one of two ways: crime--or boxing. "Sugar" Ray Leonard chose to fight. After winning a gold medal at the 1976 Olympics, Ray wanted to call it quits and go to college, but his family's financial needs made him go pro. Boxing history was made. All the while, another, darker Ray--one overwhelmed by depression, rage, drug addiction, sexual abuse, and greed--battled for dominance. In The Big Fight, Ray comes to terms with both these men and shares a brutally honest and remarkably inspiring portrait of the rise, fall, and ultimate redemption of a true fighter--inside and outside the ring.

Body & Soul: Notebooks of an Apprentice Boxer
Body & Soul
Notebooks of an Apprentice Boxer
Paperback      ISBN: 0195305620

When French sociologist Lo�c Wacquant signed up at a boxing gym in a black neighborhood of Chicago's South Side, he had never contemplated getting close to a ring, let alone climbing into it. Yet for three years he immersed himself among local fighters, amateur and professional. He learned the Sweet science of bruising, participating in all phases of the pugilist's strenuous preparation, from shadow-boxing drills to sparring to fighting in the Golden Gloves tournament. In this experimental ethnography of incandescent intensity, the scholar-turned-boxer fleshes out Pierre Bourdieu's signal concept of habitus, deepening our theoretical grasp of human practice. And he supplies a model for a carnal sociology capable of capturing the taste and ache of action.

Body & Soul marries the analytic rigor of the sociologist with the stylistic grace of the novelist to offer a compelling portrait of a bodily craft and of life and labor in the black American ghetto at century's end.
Box Like the Pros
Box Like the Pros
Paperback      ISBN: 0060817739

Former World Heavyweight champion Smokin' Joe Frazier and William Dettloff, senior writer for The Ring magazine, present a complete guide to the fight game - from the history of the sport to how to throw a crushing uppercut and take a punch without flinching.

Drawing from the experiences of one of the masters of the sport, Box Like the Pros is a must-have for anyone pursuing boxing as a hobby or who is interested in training to become a professional boxer. Frazier, with longtime boxing writer William Dettloff, presents a complete introduction to the sport, including the game's history, rules of the ring, how fights are scored, how to spar, the basics of defence and offence, the fighter's workout, a directory of boxing gyms, and much more. Box Like the Pros is an instruction manual, a historical reference tool and an insider's guide to the world's most controversial sport.

Boxed: A Visual History and the Art of Boxing
A Visual History and the Art of Boxing
Hardcover      ISBN: 8862083548

For the artist Carlos Rolon (born 1970), aka Dzine, boxing loomed large in his childhood household; he recalls watching a young Howard Cosell on ABC's Wide World and the infamous No Mas fight with Roberto Duran and Sugar Ray Leonard--occasions that also provided opportunities to bond with his father. On the heels of Dzine's previous publication Nailed, Boxed looks at how artists have used boxing as a metaphor or have been otherwise inspired by the sport. Alongside new work from Dzine, it includes art by Andreas Gursky, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Andy Warhol, Gary Simmons, Satch Hoyt, Rashid Johnson, Christopher Wool, Cheryl Dunn, David Hammons, Ed Ruscha, Jeff Koons, George Bellows, Yoshitomo Nara, Jules De Balincourt, Paul Pfeiffer, Claes Oldenburg, Glenn Ligon, Lyle Owerko, Chris Mosier and Ed Paschke, among others.

Boxed in: A Sporting Life
Boxed in
A Sporting Life
Paperback      ISBN: 1785358863

Barry Mullins isn't the sharpest tool in the box. But he has a particular talent - he knows how to fight. A successful career in the ring seems assured but those around him try to take advantage, and when greed, jealousy and ambition conspire, Barry gets backed into a corner. Can he battle his way out? Or will he get dragged down? Fame and celebrity are king, but there can only be one winner, and for those who succeed there are thousands of others with unrecognised talent who fall by the wayside. Boxed In helps us understand their story and gives us clues as to why the promise of youth so often fades. 'In Barry, author N.E.David has created a hero for the age of uncertainty. A book that shines fresh light on our times.' Peter Bartram, author of the Colin Crampton series

Boxer's Bible of Counterpunching: The Killer Response to Any Attack
Boxer's Bible of Counterpunching
The Killer Response to Any Attack
Paperback      ISBN: 1935937472

All the tools necessary to build a powerful defensive base for boxing--every defense for every punch from every angle--are included in this manual. Punching prowess has become equated with boxing, but what is done in response to that incoming flurry makes a truly good boxer: how to make an opponent miss, how to easily defend, and, most importantly, how to counterattack. Building on that defensive base, this book explores natural punching triggers, or logical counterpunching sequences, that move past the beginner's realm of being a mere puncher into the upper echelons of crafty counter boxing. With encyclopedic boxing defensive drills bolstered by numerous illustrative photographs, this is a one-stop resource for learning the art of counterpunching.

Boxer's Book of Conditioning & Drilling
Boxer's Book of Conditioning & Drilling
Paperback      ISBN: 1935937286

Going beyond the standard workout for boxers, this innovative manual introduces a diverse set of training methods, integrating them into drill sets that build the athletic attributes for which past and present fighters are known. From Leroy Jones sparring with chickens and Ken Norton's 15 combined rounds of shadow boxing, sparring, and bag work to Ricky Hatton's staggering 12-round sparring bouts with a body belt and Kosta Tszyu's creative tennis-ball and head-strap punching apparatus, this guide highlights a wide vocabulary of exercises, all incorporating boxing-specific equipment. The drills can be performed solo or with a partner, and each piece of equipment is approached individually with detailed descriptions of routines, including floor exercises and drills with the heavy bag, medicine ball, horizontal rope, and jump rope. With two workout menus for weight training, this guide guarantees a regime to suit any individual need--be it professional or simply a desire to train like some of the best athletes in the world.

Boxer's Start-Up: A Beginner's Guide to Boxing
Boxer's Start-Up
A Beginner's Guide to Boxing
Paperback      ISBN: 1884654096

A user-friendly, highly illustrated, straightforward boxing guide that promotes fun, fitness, self-defense, and self-confidence. Endorsed by USA Boxing, national governing body for amateur boxing.

The Boxer's Story: Fighting for My Life in the Nazi Camps
The Boxer's Story
Fighting for My Life in the Nazi Camps
Hardcover      ISBN: 1849541906

Once in a while there comes along a story so powerful and so emotive that it makes you rethink your own values. This is the story of Nathan Shapow, a young Latvian, born in Riga, with nothing more on his mind than becoming a world-renowned boxer. However, the sound of jackboots marching across Europe and the systematic extermination of the Jews put an end to his boxing dreams. He was to fight a different sort of fight: one for survival. The prize? His life. Seeing his youth disappear in the squalor of the ghettos and the horror of the concentration camps, Nathan fell back on his previous existence to sustain him. The years of training, the running, the speed of work, the three-round amateur fights in the gym, the street fights in Riga, and the sheer competitive nature he developed saved him on more than one occasion, especially when he was forced to box for his life against a top German fighter in a concentration camp. The Boxer's Story is an extraordinary and powerful true story that reads like a thriller. It will deeply affect everyone who reads it.

Nathan Shapow was born in Riga, Latvia, and survived various camps including Birkenau and Stutthoff. After the war he went to Palestine, where he fought for the creation of Israel. He lives in Los Angeles, California, with his wife and family.

Boxing for Fitness: Safe and Fun Workouts to Get You Fighting Fit
Boxing for Fitness
Safe and Fun Workouts to Get You Fighting Fit
Paperback      ISBN: 1554079063

A guide to using a boxer's traditional training regime to reach fitness goals.

Boxing for fitness is a non-contact cardiovascular workout that's safe, effective and enjoyable. It is suitable for men and women of all ages and fitness levels, from novices to cross-training athletes, and it can be practiced at home as well as the gym, so it's easy to get started. And it's a powerful stress-reliever.

Boxing for Fitness covers all the techniques involved in a boxing fitness program and explains how to tailor it to suit individual needs. Color photographs and illustrations and step-by-step guidance help to ensure good form and maximum benefit. The core elements described in Boxing for Fitness are:

  • Punches and combinations
  • Shadow boxing
  • Skipping
  • Punching bags
  • Circuit training
  • Focus-mitt work.

McKenzie and Lissenden recommend training plans and provide sound advice on safety precautions for older and younger people and those less able. Expert tips explain how to prevent injury.

The benefits of boxing for fitness are many: weight loss, general toning, improved strength and speed, coordination, balance and flexibility. Boxing for Fitness is a comprehensive guide to one of the most effective and fun exercise programs to achieve these goals.