Heavyweight Boxing in the 1970s

The Great Fighters and Rivalries


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About the Book

This work covers the individuals and events of what most consider to be the greatest era in boxing history. The first chapter compares the 1970s to all other eras, from the early 1900s and Jack Johnson to the present day and the Klitschko brothers, proving through an established set of criteria that the ’70s stand above all other eras. The second chapter focuses on the tumultuous 1960s and the circumstances that led to the blossoming of unprecedented competition.
The remaining ten chapters cover the years 1970 through 1979, revisiting the people and the rivalries of an era that produced Ali, Frazier, Foreman, Norton and Holmes, boxers known to people who didn’t even follow the sport.

About the Author(s)

Joe Ryan is mail carrier and trainer for Canada Post, and a promoter of boxing and martial arts events. He lives in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

Bibliographic Details

Joe Ryan
Format: softcover (7 x 10)
Pages: 324
Bibliographic Info: notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2013
pISBN: 978-0-7864-7074-7
eISBN: 978-0-7864-9249-7
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments  vi
Preface  1
One. Comparing the Eras 3
Two. The 1960s 23
Three. 1970 42
Four. 1971 64
Five. 1972 91
Six. 1973 110
Seven. 1974 142
Eight. 1975 176
Nine. 1976 198
Ten. 1977 229
Eleven. 1978 249
Twelve. 1979 and Beyond 275
Chapter Notes  295
Bibliography  301
Index  307

Book Reviews & Awards

“comprehensively examines what many consider to be the best decade of boxing in history”—ARBA; “thoroughly impressed…a book all boxing fans should read”—Boxscorenews.com; “wonderful…very well researched, well-written and a thoroughly entertaining read…highly recommending it as a cracking good read…an in-depth and fascinating look at what truly was an extraordinary period in heavyweight boxing history”—Eastsideboxing.com.