By Ira Berkow
Spanning the interval among 1967 and 2005, this compilation contains eighty four of Pulitzer Prize–winning writer Ira Berkow’s columns on boxing. Readers will meet a number of the maximum names within the sport’s heritage within the pages of this e-book, together with Muhammad Ali, Joe Frazier, Joe Louis, and Mike Tyson. one of the unforgettable tales amassed during this assortment are the heated contention among Ali and “Smokin’ Joe” Frazier, Tyson’s notorious “Bite Fight” in 1997, and the will-he-or-won’t-he retirement saga of Sugar Ray Leonard. Written in Berkow’s gripping prose, the columns integrated in Counterpunch chronicle crucial moments in boxing over the past 4 a long time.
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He was asked about recent efforts to ban boxing. “Too many blacks are doin’ well in it, so white people want to ban it,” he said. “But how do I live here without boxin’? How would I ever be able to pay for all this? Look at Hearns and Hagler. Two poor black boys, but now they help their mother and father and sisters and brothers. It’s from boxin’. “There’s more deaths in football than boxin’. Nobody wants to ban football. You see car races. ’ Cars hit the wall, burn up. Motor boats hit a bump. Bam!
Politics and race were less of an issue in the Dempsey–Gene Tunney clashes. ” In their first fight, 1926, Tunney was the ex-Marine, a young, well-read underdog against the snarling Dempsey. Tunney won. One year later, in the first $2 million gate, images had been reversed. Tunney was now a prig, Dempsey the sentimental old champ on a valiant comeback. Perhaps the second Joe Louis–Max Schmeling fight, in 1938, stands out as the most hate-filled in recent history. Schmeling happened to be a German who “represented” Hitler.
I’m bigger now than I ever been. Peoples all over the world feel sorry for me. Just yesterday I got letters from Athens, Greece, Germany, Asia, people wanting to know who this America is to take the world’s title from me. It’s not America’s championship, they say, it’s theirs and the world’s. “But I got more honor now. ’Cause I’m sticking to my beliefs. I ain’t been forgot. Last night I walked on 42nd Street, the biggest street in the world. Crowds started gathering and flowing over. The sidewalk was too small.
Counterpunch: Ali, Tyson, the Brown Bomber, and Other Stories of the Boxing Ring by Ira Berkow