Insights into some of the greatest fighters through a series of riveting interviews with their trainers: Angelo Dundee on Muhammad Ali and Sugar Ray Leonard; Ray Arcel on Roberto Duran; Eddie Futch on Joe Frazier; Gil Clancy on George Foreman; Kevin Rooney on Mike Tyson; plus several others.
'On the back' of Ringmasters
"Fighters come and go, but trainers are the constant of boxing. Trainers are its professors. Not just professors of pugilism, but professors of psychology and sometimes of psychiatry. In the gym during the long dreary weeks of preparing a fighter for a fight. In the corner when they must be sixty-second savants.
Trainers toil with young men searching for an escape to a better life, young men who sometimes emerge as champions.
'Tough times make monkeys eat red peppers' is how Ray Arcel describes what boxers endure in order to be champions, in order to be part of some of history's most memorable fights.
But that saying also describes what trainers endure in order to help create a champion."
'Inside the cover' of Ringmasters
In the process, unforgettable stories about Joe Louis, Rocky Marciano, Sugar Ray Robinson, Jack Dempsey, Gene Tunney, Benny Leonard, Emile Griffith, Carmen Basilio, Ken Norton and many other champions emerge, bringing to life the almost unbelievably violent, corrupt and yet poetic world of boxing itself: the schemers, the mobsters and the hangers-on, who are so much a part of this age-old sport. Like so many writers, Dave Anderson has a passion for boxing and its people. With his classic Ringmasters, that passion has produced a realistic and romantic addition to the oral history of sports.
Dave Anderson, a sports columnist for the New York Times, has covered the boxing world for more than a quarter of a century. The winner of the 1981 Pulitzer Prize for distinguished com-mentary, he has written seventeen books.
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