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Like most black pugilists of his day, Boxing Hall of Famer Sidney "Beau Jack" Walker (1921-2000) struggled against discrimination in the sport. Despite this, he sustained an impressive 18-year professional career - 117 fights, 83 wins, 40 by KO. Walker retired from the ring penniless and went back to shining shoes.
Provides the only comprehensive history of more than 350 African American entertainers in Australia and New Zealand between European settlement in Australia in 1788 and the entry of the United States into World War II in 1941. It explains how and why they came, how they were treated and how that changed with the infamous White Australia policy.
For the first time, the man born Jerome Young opens up about how he became one of the stars who enabled Extreme Championship Wrestling to make a permanent mark on the professional landscape. This memoir reveals the perspective of the man at the centre of it all and includes new disclosures about infamous incidents.
The first full-length popular biography of one of the first boxing superstars. Mendoza transformed boxing from a mere brawl into the sweet science, and was a master manipulator of publicity and shaping public opinion. He exploited the anti-Semitic feelings of the day and in doing so raised the social profile of Jews in Great Britain.
Fighting Back is the story of a different kind of boxing superstar - a hero for winning his battles outside as well as inside the ring. Having outpointed Wladimir Klitschko to become world heavyweight champion, Tyson Fury battled depression, drugs and obesity - and beat them all to return to the big time against unbeaten KO king Deontay Wilder.
An Olympic hopeful who scaled the heights of professional boxing to become world champion in 1990, within five years Paul Banke was homeless, destitute and had contracted the AIDS virus through an uncontrollable lifestyle. After three decades of drug abuse, Banke became clean and sober in 2014, providing a role model for those on a similar path.
Inside Madison Square Garden, the City Ring was the altar of pugilism from 1925 until 2007. Hosting championship fights, historic main events and memorable undercards, it was centre stage of boxing history. While many books have been written about great fistic contests that took place at the Garden, this is the first to focus on its Holy Grail.