Book: Death in the Ring by George Thomas Clark
categories: Book, Alcoholism, Muhammad Ali, Joe Frazier, Jack Dempsey, Jack Johnson, Sonny Liston, Jerry Quarry, Dementia Pugilistica, Archie Moore, Bobby Chacon, Harry Greb, Boxing
George Thomas Clark about this book: What really happens inside the boxing rings of legend is important but need not limit a writer of imagination. George Thomas Clark serves his readers more than history tells us: an intimate night of drinking with 19th century heavyweight champion John L. Sullivan, a possible scene as Peter Jackson challenged Sullivan who'd vowed never to fight a black man, a bartender's view of alcoholic Battling Siki harassing others while destroying himself, the violent private life of middleweight champion Stanley Ketchel, the greatness and tragedy of Harry Greb, and fictional events involving immortals Jack Johnson, Jack Dempsey, Joe Louis, and Rocky Marciano. Clark also understands history and offers conclusions about the Top Thirteen Heavyweight Champions, and interviews light heavyweight legend Archie Moore and astute trainer Emanuel Steward. He attends welterweight and junior welterweight world title fights, and later becomes a concerned observer, writing letters to boxers and urging them to retire and sober up. He remembers the greatest, whether Cassius Clay or Muhammad Ali, and appreciates Joe Frazier, George Foreman, and Lennox Lewis. Ultimately, Clark visits heavyweight contender Jerry Quarry in heaven. Most readers agree: Death in the Ring is a knock out.
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