Off The Ropes - The Ron Lyle Story by Candace Toft
Off The Ropes - The Ron Lyle Story
with a Forward by Bert Sugar
336 Pages. Softcover.
Published - 2010
Preface by the Author
Like most people who lived in the Denver area during the 1970's, I thought I knew all about Ron Lyle. A heavyweight contender who had spent years in prison for second degree murder before beginning his boxing career, and a humanitarian who devoted countless hours to Denver youth, Lyle became a local folk hero during his professional career. Long before I started writing in earnest, I thought his life story would make an interesting biography.
I viewed boxing as a brutal sport. My interest was captured by Ron Lyle's leadership in a group called Partners, devoted to matching adult volunteers with kids who had been in trouble. I was one of those volunteers.
Fast forward 30 years. I have written three novels, co-written another and am searching for a new book idea when my husband suggests I contact "... that boxer you talked about." A Google search, a letter, a return phone call and a trip to Denver set irrevocable events in motion - the extraordinary life of Ron Lyle clamored to be told.
After chronicling the life of a heavyweight, viewing hundreds of taped bouts, and reading such books as On Boxing by Joyce Carol Oates, The Sweet Science by A.J. Liebling, The Fight by Norman Mailer, Facing Ali by Stephen Brunt and Beyond Glory: Joe Louis and Max Schmeling and a World on the Brink by David Margolick, I have come to believe that boxing is the most honorable of sports.
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