Book Review

*** FLASHBACK – this article originally appeared on on February 10, 2011

By Jim Amato / Senior Boxing Writer

What a way to start out the year 2011.  I just finished reading an excellent book by an author I have great respect for. Steve Maguire is a top shelf boxing historian. In his recent book “Boxing’s Top Tens”, Steve gives his opinions and insights on some of the greatest boxers and historical boxing events of all time. He does this in a style which really opens up room for agreement or debate by the reader. Agree or disagree, Steve makes a solid case for his choices. This author did his homework!

Steve ranks what he believes are the Top Ten choices in the following categories … Punchers, Title fights, Southpaws, Chins, Upsets, Fights Never to Have Taken Place, Best Fighters of All Time, Trilogies, Fighters Never to Have Won a Title, and Controversies. Besides ranking his Top Ten, Steve also adds six that came close to making that list in all the categories.  If this doesn’t stir a boxing fan’s blood, nothing will. I can not tell you how much I enjoyed reading this book. It sure brought back a lot of memories and it had me looking through my VHS archives to re-watch some of the great fighters and fights Steve mentioned.  In my collection, books come and books go.  I’ll tell you this … this book is a keeper!


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