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Introduced in the Pacific Northwest in 1883, professional wrestling's long and storied history in the region has contributed significantly to its culture. This entertaining account of the wrestling industry in Oregon, Washington and British Columbia provides a comprehensive account of more than 130 years of events in the ring and behind the scenes.
Say hello to the world's only undefeated heavyweight champion, a guy called Rocky Marciano, who defied physical limitations - 'He's too small, too short, too light, too old.' Hard-hitting Marciano blasted his way to 49 wins, 43 inside the distance. His mantra was, `If you want to live a full life, then live dangerously.' Rocky did that, all right!
The boxing prowess of Swansea and Llanelli is expertly highlighted by renowned fight journalist Gareth Jones, who tells the stories of 50 boxers who have fought and won Welsh, British, European and World championships; including Enzo Maccarinelli, Colin Jones, Floyd Havard and Brian Curvis. Foreword by Wales football manager, Chris Coleman.
Wales has always punched above its weight in the boxing ring. The United States, with 100 times the population, may have been the dominant player in the sport, but St David has done remarkably well against Goliath over the 120 years since the first bout featured in this book, in 1894.
Through an exploration of violence, class, gender, race and nationalism, the author of this volume finds that Mixed martial arts (MMA) is both an expression of the positive values of martial arts and a spectacle defined by narcissism, hate and patriarchy. The long-term success of MMA will depend on the ability of promoters and athletes to resist indulging in spectacle at the expense of sport.
Jimmy Wilde was arguably the greatest British boxer of all time, while a whole nation stayed up to listen to the radio commentary of Tommy Farr's brave challenge to the legendary Joe Louis. This book tells their stories, of course, but also those of more than 40 other Rhondda boxers. Essential reading for devotees of the square ring.
A must-buy for all fight fans, this book tells the stories of some 50 fighters from Merthyr, Aberdare and Pontypridd who have made their mark over the past century and a half, including Howard Winstone, Johnny Owen, Freddie Welsh and Eddie Thomas.