Clash of the Little Giants

George Dixon, Terry McGovern and the Culture of Boxing in America, 1890–1910

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About the Book

In the late 1990s, when boxing was rivaling the popularity of baseball, George Dixon and Terry McGovern were among its most famous practitioners. Their paths crossed in 1900 in what is widely considered the most significant featherweight bout in history. Both men were fighters who died young under distressing circumstances. Both were products of a burgeoning industrial society and a cult of masculinity, at a time when prizefighting’s adherents and opponents were in a constant tug-of-war. Betting on the championship fight was heavy. This book tells the full story, with a cast of characters including infamous manager/promoter Tom O’Rourke, World Welterweight Champion Barbados Joe Walcott, and Tammany Hall bigwig Timothy “Big Tim” Sullivan, whose invisible hand made New York the epicenter of boxing in the 1890s.

About the Author(s)

The editor-in-chief of The Sweet Science on-line boxing magazine, Arne K. Lang taught sociology at the University of Nevada–Las Vegas, the University of Nebraska and Tuskegee. A leading authority on the history of boxing and the history of American sports gambling, he lives and writes in Las Vegas, Nevada. This is his fifth book.

Bibliographic Details

Arne K. Lang
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Pages:
Bibliographic Info: ca. 25 photos, notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2022
pISBN: 978-1-4766-8873-2
eISBN: 978-1-4766-4700-5
Imprint: McFarland