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Sharkey
By Adam Pollack / Guest Post

Win By KO Publications is pleased to announce its publication of Jack Sharkey: A Heavyweight Champion’s Untold Story, by James Curl, with a foreword by Jack Sharkey III.

When Jack Sharkey retired in 1936 after twelve years of boxing, he had carved out a career that was both exciting and controversial. But, despite having been the world heavyweight champion and enormously popular, sadly he is almost completely forgotten today…until now.

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By Adam Pollack / Guest Post

 

Win By KO Publications is pleased to announce the publication of Tony Zale The Man of Steel  now available on amazon and other online book dealers.

 

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In the 1940s, two-time world middleweight champion Tony Zale seemingly had it all. Battling colorful Rocky Graziano in The Ring magazine’s Fights of the Year in 1946 and 1947, “The Man of Steel” from Gary, Indiana, convincingly defeated him in their third and final contest in 1948. These bouts are acknowledged as among the most exciting trilogies in boxing history. Tony had hosts of adoring fans and supportive family, was married to a beautiful and talented woman, and had two little girls whom he adored.

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BOOK REVIEW: “TRIBUTES, MEMORIES AND OBSERVATIONS”

By Steve Canton

Forward by Al Berstein

My book, Steve Canton’s Tributes, Memories & Observations of the Sweet Science is out and doing exceptionally well in both the boxing and mainstream communities. Comprised of thirty-seven chapters, 370 pages and 550 pictures, it is a lifetime collection of boxing and human interest stories which takes the reader on an unforgettable and sometimes emotional journey seldom seen. It chronicles many of the lesser known boxers, and others associated with the sport, and details their contributions not only to boxing but to society as well. Included also are personal tributes to many well-known characters and observations and suggestions to improve the sport. For those interested in statistics a detailed boxing record of the fighters whose stories are told is included. Hall of Fame commentator Al Bernstein wrote the foreword.

“Steve Canton’s Tributes, Memories & Observations of the Sweet Science,” one of the best new books of the year!

“One of the best boxing books I have ever read … you won’t be able to put it down once you open the front cover.” Harold Lederman, HBO Sports

“Canton, who has spent a lifetime in boxing as a boxer, trainer, cutman, promoter, commentator, writer and historian, draws on that experience with stories of great depth, detail and passion. A must read.” – Dan Cuoco, Director, International Boxing Research Organization (IBRO)

“Steve Canton is a true boxing person. His stories are from the heart and from experience. As a writer he is gifted. This book is a great read and highly recommended.” – Roy Jones Jr., All-time great boxing world champion

Get your personally signed book – Special price $25.00!

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Book Review: By Jim Amato / Senior Boxing Writer

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BOOK REVIEW ; “BECOMING TAZ” BY JEFF BUMPUS. INTRODUCTION BY PHIL RICE

In 1984 a young 140 pound fighter from the Midwest entered the ranks of professional boxers with the dream of becoming a world champion. He was a straight forward, no nonsense southpaw who would throw punches from bell to bell. In a nutshell, he was a crowd pleaser. It was this style that earned him several appearances on the ESPN and USA cable boxing networks. His name is Jeff Bumpus and he carried the nickname “The Tazmanian Devil”. He would eventually learn that his dream would not become reality.

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Book Review:  By Jim Amato / Senior Boxing Writer

 

“TRIBUTES, MEMORIES AND OBSERVATIONS” BY STEVE CANTON. FOREWORD BY AL BERNSTEIN.

 

Every now and then a boxing book comes along that is just so good. You have to tell the world about it. Steve Canton’s book “Tributes, Memories And Observations” is just that book. Steve has been around boxing for decades as a fighter, trainer, cut man, manager, radio host and writer. He has been around the world and now he has put down in words his many experiences. The things he has seen along the way and the great people he has crossed paths with.

 

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This book is a treasure of stories. It is not just about the accomplishments of boxers inside the ring. It is also about their exploits outside the ring as well. Personal stories that will capture your heart. With 370 pages of great reading, Steve added 550 photos. Many of them very rare. I truly enjoyed every moment reading this fine book. For me it is a top shelf keeper for my boxing book collection. I highly recommend it to all boxing fans. From the hard core to the casual. It is really just not about boxing. It is about life.

This book is fairly priced at $29.00. To order this book, please go to Steve Canton’s website www.sjcboxing.com

Book Review

In the Ring With Jack Johnson  Part I The Rise front coverAt 710 pages, In the Ring With Jack Johnson – Part I: The Rise by Adam J. Pollack is the most detailed and thorough book ever written on Jack Johnson. This book alone (the first of two on Johnson) covers the start of Jack Johnson’s career up to his winning the world heavyweight championship. It is chock-full of detailed descriptions of each bout from multiple local next-day primary sources. The book also contains plenty of context and background, details and perspectives about race from both white and black-owned newspapers, as well as approximately 225 rare photographs, cartoons, and advertisements. Boxing fans will obtain knowledge and insight into Jack Johnson’s life and career like never before.

 

This is the seventh book in Adam J. Pollack’s series on the heavyweight champions of the gloved era, which include: John L. Sullivan: The Career of the First Gloved Heavyweight Champion, In the Ring With James J. Corbett, In the Ring With Bob Fitzsimmons, In the Ring With James J. Jeffries, In the Ring With Marvin Hart, and In the Ring With Tommy Burns. Adam J. Pollack is a boxing judge, referee, and coach, and member of the Boxing Writers Association of America. He is also an attorney practicing law in Iowa City, Iowa.

 $39.95. Hardcover. 710 pages.

Available via amazon.com, barnesandnoble.com, and other online dealers.

Win By KO Publications (winbykopublications.com).

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By Jim Amato / Senior Boxing Writer

1001501_10201602159440871_281029963_n  BOOK PIC“Fifty Years of Fights, Fighters and Friendships” Author: Jerry Fitch

One of this year’s best boxing books has arrived this year.
“Fifty Years Of Fights, Fighters And Friendships” covers the boxing life journey
of the astute author Jerry Fitch. The author has seen a lot on his fifty year
venture. What impressed me was that Jerry accomplished most of this while
working at an unrelated full time job. Amazing !

Jerry has covered boxing all over the United States and other parts of the world.

He has rubbed shoulders with boxing royalty such as Ali, Frazier, Archie Moore and Roberto Duran. Fitch talks about these great fighters and many more.

Jerry also relives some of the great ring battles he has witnessed over his five decade span as a ringside reporter.

Fitch was fortunate enough to have developed great friendships with legends like Earnie Shavers and Jimmy McLarnin.

Then there is the very special bond he had with Cleveland’s greatest boxer Jimmy
Bivins. Jerry discusses all of these and so much more. It is such a smooth and
entertaining read. Jerry tells it like he saw it with great candor and spiced
with a healthy dash of wit. I found it very difficult to put this book down once
I started reading it. I felt like I was sitting with Jerry at a local tavern
sipping a cold one as he told his story. A truly wonderful book.

I highly recommend this for all boxing fans. It would make a great addition to
your boxing library. To find out how to purchase the book contact Jerry at ; Jerryfitch@aol.com

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Win By KO Publications is proud to announce the release of

Joe Jennette: Boxing’s Ironman

In this first and only biography of New Jersey heavyweight boxing contender Joe Jennette, author Joe Botti chronicles the life and career of this interracial athlete who competed in the longest boxing contest of the twentieth century. From 1904 to 1922, Jennette faced and defeated the most dangerous fighters of his era, including Jack Johnson, Sam Langford, and Sam McVea. Jennette was unable to secure a title shot due to the fact that the world was fixated with finding a Caucasian boxer to defeat Jack Johnson in the “great white hope” era. The story deals with the struggles of interracial romance, racism, and the world of boxing in the early twentieth century.

Joe Botti is the Founder and Head Coach of the Union City Boxing Club in Union City, N.J. A former amateur boxer, Botti has trained over 30 New Jersey Golden Glove champions and currently manages and trains professional and amateur boxers.

 The 448-page book contains over one-hundred rare photos, many never before published.

The book is available on amazon.com and other internet booksellers.

Link:

 http://www.amazon.com/Joe-Jennette-Boxings-Ironman-Botti/dp/0979982278/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1370282590&sr=8-3&keywords=Joe+Botti