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Best Boxing Books of All Time

Updated on April 28, 2017
The Book of Boxing was edited by W.C. Heinz and Nathan Ward. It has black and white and  color pictures throughout this book. Some of the best fights from the 20's till 1980 are listed in this book.
The Book of Boxing was edited by W.C. Heinz and Nathan Ward. It has black and white and color pictures throughout this book. Some of the best fights from the 20's till 1980 are listed in this book. | Source
The Contender was written by Robert Lipsyte and it is a classic in the world of prizefighting books.
The Contender was written by Robert Lipsyte and it is a classic in the world of prizefighting books. | Source
Raging Bull:  My Story focuses on the ups and downs in the life of Jay La Motta. The book tells of the Bronx Bull's battles with Sugar Ray Robinson, as well as his outside the ring battles too.
Raging Bull: My Story focuses on the ups and downs in the life of Jay La Motta. The book tells of the Bronx Bull's battles with Sugar Ray Robinson, as well as his outside the ring battles too. | Source
Holyfield:  The Humble Warrior was written by Evander Holyfield along with his brother Bernard Holyfield. Holyfield tells his feelings about his Olympic games trip, winning the title and his bouts with Riddick Bowe among other things.
Holyfield: The Humble Warrior was written by Evander Holyfield along with his brother Bernard Holyfield. Holyfield tells his feelings about his Olympic games trip, winning the title and his bouts with Riddick Bowe among other things. | Source

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10 Classic Boxing Books

1. Raging Bull: My Story by Jake La Motta and Peter Savage-Raging Bull is a book about the life of Jake La Motta. The book tells of his triumphs of the ring including winning The Middleweight Championship of the World. The book also tells about his personal life in particular his personal demons. This book is a no-holds-barred account of his criminal activities, divorce, jail time and even fixing a fight. On a scale of one to ten, I give this book a ten on a scale of 1-10.

2. Fire & Fear: The Inside Story of Mike Tyson by Jose Torres-Former Light Heavyweight Champion Jose Torres was in the Cus D'amato Stable and learned all about Mike Tyson. This book not only tells of Mike Tyson's rise to the top but, his criminal street life as well. The book does a great job of chronicling Tyson's professional boxing career. Where the book stands out is the chronological order of his life, or should I say strife. On a scale of one to ten, I rank this book a nine.

3. Muhammad Ali: His Life and Times by Thomas Hauser
-This book documents Muhammad Ali's rise to the top, in the boxing world. It has over fifty pictures of Muhammad Ali which document the life and times of his career. This is a tell all book that pulls no punches. The book is full of quotes from over fifty people who knew Ali very well. On a scale of one to ten, I rank this book a nine for many reasons including the interviews from other boxers.

4. My View From The Corner by Angelo Dundee-Angelo Dundee is one of the greatest trainers of all time. He trained Muhammad Ali, Sugar "Ray" Leonard and George Foreman, just to name a few. This legendary icon discusses He documents his life vividly and it is well documented in this book. He tells stories about the boxers/fighters, that only he would know. From the gym to the corner, Dundee lets it all hang out in this book. On a scale from one to ten, I give this book an 8.5.

5. Blood Season: Mike Tyson and The World of Boxing by Phil Berger-Blood Season not only tells of Mike Tyson but, it tells of other top boxers as well.What separates this book from other boxing books is, that it explores the Seedy Underworld of Boxing. The book looks at promoters such as Don King and also the life of Mike Tyson and what he goes through on a daily basis. On a scale of one to ten, I give the book an 8.5.

6. The Devil and Sonny Liston by Nick Tosches- This book covers the turbulent life of former heavyweight champion Sonny Liston. The book deals with Liston's mysterious and hard life. He had connections with the mob, he was accused of fight fixing, He destroyed Floyd Patterson in one round to win his titles and much more. On a scale of one to ten I give this book an 8.

7. Unforgiveable Blackness: The Rise and Fall of Jack Johnson by Geofrey Ward- This book has had a documentary film made based off of it and it centers on the life of Jack Johnson. Johnson was the first black heavyweight champion in history. This book also discusses his life and all he had to deal with outside the ring. Mainly racism. On a scale of one to ten I give this prizefighting book an 8.

8. The Book of Boxing edited by W.C. Heinz and Nathan Ward- This book is full of pictures and captions of great boxers from the hundred plus years of this storied sport. If you want a boxing history lesson then this is the book for you. From John L. Sullivan to Evander Holyfield this book takes you through pugilistic history. On a scale of one to ten I give this book an 8.

9. Holyfield: The Humble Warrior by Evander and Bernard Holyfield- This book tells of the life and career of The Real Deal Evander Holyfield. He was a former Cruiserweight and four time heavyweight champion of the world. He also won a bronze medal in the Olympics as a light heavyweight. On a scale of one to ten I would rate this book with a 7.75.

10. The Contender by Robert Lipsyte- This novel was published way back in 1967 by a great sports journalist and actor named Robert Lipsyte. The story is about a guy named Alfred who wants to make fame and fortune in life. The setting is New York and street toughs are everywhere. On a scale of one to ten I would give this book a 7.75.

* Please let me know if you have a favorite boxing related book by leaving your thoughts in the comments capsule located at the bottom of this article.

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Boxing Illustrated
World Boxing
Boxing Monthly
Knockout
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      Annie Miller 4 years ago from Wichita Falls, Texas

      Provocative Hub. I used to be really into the sport when Ali was still boxing.

      Voted up and interesting.

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      Dilip Chandra 4 years ago from India

      Great list of books, good hub. Thanks for the good read.

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      Forrest 2 years ago

      Ghosts of Manilla by Mark Kram is about Ali-Frazier and what it did to both of them. You might add it once you read it.

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      Buster Johnson 2 years ago from Alabama

      Thanks I'll have to check that book out my friend.

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