The Arc Of Boxing: The Rise and Decline of the Sweet Science - Boxing Book by Mike Silver

The Arc Of Boxing: The Rise and Decline of the Sweet Science - Boxing Book by Mike Silver
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The Arc Of Boxing - The Rise and Decline of the Sweet Science

Mike Silver

with a Forward by Budd Schulberg

240 Pages. Hardcover.

Published - 2008

Are today's boxers better than their predecessors, or is modern boxing a shadow of its former self? Boxing historians discuss the socioeconomic and demographic changes that have affected the quality, prominence and popularity of the sport over the past century. Among the interviewees are world-renowned scholars, some of the sport's premier trainers, and former amateur and professional world champions. Chapters cover such topics as the ongoing deterioration of boxer' skills, their endurance, the decline in the number of fights and the psychological readiness of championship-caliber boxers. The strengths and weaknesses of today's superstars are analyzed and compared to those of such past greats as Joe Louis, Sugar Ray Robinson, Jack Dempsey and Jake LaMotta.

"Lots of people may know boxing, but not many understand it: its spirit, its cultural significance, its storied past and its probable future. Mike Silver is one of the few, which is why anything he writes about it is essential reading for the true fan of the sport." -- David Margolick, author of Beyond Glory: Joe Louis vs. Max Schmeling, and a World on the Brink

About the Author
Mike Silver is a former boxing promoter and inspector with the New York State Athletic Commission whose many articles on boxing have appeared in the New York Times, Ring magazine, Boxing Monthly and ESPN and Seconds Out websites.

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