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Former Ring Magazine Writer, William Dettloff, Puts Out Book on Former Heavyweight Champ, Ezzard Charles

by on Nov.05, 2014, under Boxing News

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William Dettloff says, “If you enjoyed my work at The Ring magazine, the Ring’s website, ESPN.com or HBO.com, you might also like my new book, ‘Ezzard Charles: A Boxing Life.’
That sounds like an understatement.  This is the first biography ever of the great Ezzard Charles, whom The Ring called the best light heavyweight who ever lived. Pre-order it now at Amazon and learn everything there is to know about “The Cincinnati Cobra,” from his days as a child in Lawrenceville, Georgia, to his frustrated attempts to get a shot at the middleweight and light heavyweight crowns, to his unlikely tenure as the heavyweight champion of the world. Along the way you’ll learn about his lovably irascible co-manager, Jake Mintz; his trainers, Jimmy Brown and Ray Arcel; the gangsters who ran boxing, Jim Norris, Frankie Carbo and Blinky Palermo; and, of course, the fighters who contributed to his legend: Archie Moore, Charley Burley, Jimmy Bivins, Joey Maxim, Jersey Joe Walcott, Joe Louis, Rocky Marciano and all the rest. If you’re a fan of Charles, of boxing, or of 1950’s sports in America, I think you’ll enjoy this book.
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Jack Sharkey: Read him and weep

by on May.06, 2009, under Guest Columnists

jacksharkeyBy Mike Casey

It was October 12, 1931, at Ebbets Field in Brooklyn and the real Jack Sharkey was standing up. Curbing his often volcanic temperament as best he could, Jack was confidently firing punches through the chill air and showing 30,000 shivering spectators his enviable talent as he set about exploding the myth that a 262lb giant called Primo Carnera was invincible. Then Sharkey almost blew it. (continue reading…)

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