By Jim Amato / Senior Boxing Writer
“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
By Adam Pollack / Guest Post
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.
(L to R) Johnny Ortiz, Danny Lujan, David Martinez (June 23, 2001) reporting on ESPN radio from Las Vegas, Nevada prior to WBC Super Welterweight Championship: Oscar De La Hoya vs. Javier Castillejo
I would like to share an excellent video ( click on blue colored link below ) interview of one of my best friends and mentors Johnny Ortiz.
I have known Johnny for twenty years, and I consider him to be one of the most knowledgeable authorities in boxing that I have ever met. My fondest memories with him were the ten years we spent together in the World Boxing Hall of Fame as Board of Directors. Also, we both had parts in the movie “After the Last Round” in 2009, and just hanging out with Johnny is delightful with his wealth of wisdom of life.
His book “My Life Among The Icons” is a top seller and truly a great read. For information regarding to purchase the book, you may contact his publisher AuthorHouse, at (888) 728-8467, ext 5023 and they will be happy to assist you.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Johnny Ortiz is a 2008 recipient of the California Boxing Hall of Fame and and has written many boxing related articles for publication. He hosted the very first boxing radio talk show “Ringside with Johnny Ortiz” in Los Angeles, California from 1992 to 2004. He was co-owner of the Main Street Gym, a member of the Screen Actors Guild and has many film credits on his resume. Johnny is an honored United States Army veteran who servered two years with the 25th Infantry Division in Korea.
video credit – Luke Benson
By Jim Amato / Senior Boxing Writer
The Art of Boxing; Your Guide to the Sweet Science
Author: Bobby Mayne
Let me say that this is the best boxing training manual I have ever read. I have read many in the past including Nat Fleischer’s fine series. In my humble opinion,this tops them all. The author Bobby Mayne is a former boxer and now a trainer. This book must have taken hours and hours to put together. The end result is over 200 pages of instructions and photos. A truly priceless volume of knowledge.
The author leaves no stones unturned as he touches on every aspect of the Sweet Science. I was amazed at how well Mayne broke down every move, every punch and counter punch. Offensive strategy, defensive strategy… it’s all in this fine book. This is a must have for every fan of the art of boxing. A one of a kind masterpiece.
For information on purchasing this book, go to: www.boxrite.com.au
THE GOOD SON
The Life of Ray “Boom Boom” Mancini
By Mark Kriegel
The book THE GOOD SON is a definitive biography that covers the full story of Ray’s quest for redemption – first for his father and then for himself. The narrative takes readers from the sweaty fight gyms of the 1940′s Brooklyn to the televised fights of the 1980′s, tracing the different careers of father and son, Lenny and Ray Mancini.
BELOVED WARRIOR – THE RISE AND FALL OF ALEXIS ARGUELLO
by CHRISTIAN GIUDICE
This is by far the best boxing book I have read this year. Author Christian Giudice (Hands Of Stone: Roberto Duran), has scored another victory with this in depth look at the popular yet tragic Alexis Arguello.
The author covers Arguello’s life from the beginning until the bitter end. His fights are well documented here but the book itself goes beyond just his great accomplishments in the ring. It lets us take a look at the man. A man who at times was very complex to say the least.
By Jim Amato / Senior Boxing Writer
I just read a book about a man who may be the best boxer to come out of my hometown of Cleveland, Ohio. As an accomplished amateur he knocked out future world light heavyweight champion Joey Maxim. As a professional fighter he defeated some of the best heavyweights and light heavyweights of that era. Men like Ezzard Charles, Archie Moore, Charley Burley, Gus Lesnevich,Maxim, Billy Soose and many others tasted defeat at the hands of Bivins. Jimmy even took on Joe Louis and Jersey Joe Walcott.For his great accomplishments Bivins was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 1999.
The author of this book is fellow Clevelander Jerry Fitch. Jerry is a well respected boxing historian who has developed a long friendship with Jimmy and his family. This connection enabled Jerry to tell the story of Bivins and his roller coaster life and career.Along with the great text Fitch published some vintage photos that are priceless.
I’ll say say this is a “must read” for boxing fans. I feel you will enjoy it as much as I did.
BOOK NAME ~ James Louis Bivins; The man who would be CHAMPION; Author Jerry Fitch
The book is available at www.amazon.com
Barnes and Nobles and various sites in the UK.
It is also available by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org
Hard Luck: The Triumph And Tragedy Of “Irish” Jerry Quarry
AUTHORS – Steve Springer and Blake Chavez
FOREWORD by George Foreman
I have always been a big fan of Jerry Quarry. He was a mainstay in the talent laden heavyweight division during the late 1960s and into the 70′s. His multitude of fans shared in his triumphs and his disappointments throughout his roller coaster career. Whenever you counted Jerry out he would win a major fight to propel himself back to the heavyweight forefront. His victories over Floyd Patterson,Thad Spencer,Buster Mathis Sr.,Mac Foster,Ron Lyle and Earnie Shavers always kept him in the thick of the heavyweight title picture. Then there were the losses to Ali and Frazier who both defeated Jerry twice. There were the losses to Jimmy Ellis, George Chuvalo and later in his career to Kenny Norton.
Much has been documented on Jerry’s career and his battle later in life with Dementia Pugilistica. A battle that would take his life in 1999. The authors of this book do a tremendous job of detailing Jerry’s life and career from the beginning to the bitter end. It brought back a lot of memories both good and bad but it also reminded me of why I was such a fan of Quarry and that era of heavyweight boxing.
This is more than a book on Jerry Quarry. It was like reading and reliving that historic time frame in fistic history. Other then Muhammad Ali himself,no one stirred the pot of controversy better then Quarry during that time frame. Along with his great boxing ability Jerry had something else. Loads of charisma that most of today’s heavyweights lack.
I highly recommend this book to all boxing fans. It is a great read. If you are a Jerry Quarry fan…Well what are you waiting for ???