Ray Arcel

A Boxing Biography

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About the Book

Without Ray Arcel (1899–1994), the 20th century world of boxing would have been markedly different. The credibility of it as a sport would have been greatly lessened. Arcel’s prominence is all the more interesting because he made his mark not as a fighter, promoter, or manager, but as a trainer. From Benny Leonard to Roberto Duran and Larry Holmes, Arcel stood in the corner for champions of every weight division that existed in his lifetime, a record that remains unequalled.
This biography chronicles Arcel’s life inside the ring—and outside, where he was a highly secretive man who maintained relationships with some of the chief mob figures of his day. Through a wealth of information from Arcel’s unpublished memoir, this work offers an extraordinary portrait of one of boxing’s most influential and enigmatic figures.

About the Author(s)

Donald Dewey is the author of 30 books of fiction, nonfiction, and drama, including biographies of actors James Stewart and Marcello Mastroianni and works in baseball history. He lives in Jamaica, New York.

Bibliographic Details

Donald Dewey
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Pages: 219
Bibliographic Info: 14 photos, notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2012
pISBN: 978-0-7864-6968-0
eISBN: 978-0-7864-9087-5
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments      ix

Introduction      1

1. The Spare Man      5

2. The Boy from Indiana      9

3. Settling In      18

4. Jungle Gyms      25

5. Training Wheels      31

6. Travels with Charlie      34

7. New Rules      43

8. Valgarisms      46

9. Partners      50

10. The Family Man—Not      60

11. Paybacks and Comebacks      66

12. Citizens of the Depression      74

13. Out on Limbs      79

14. The Cool and the Crude      90

15. Bums of the Month      97

16. Home Away from Home      103

17. Other Wars      110

18. In Black and White      115

19. Short Memories, Long Memories      123

20. More Champions      129

21. Separated from the Mob      139

22. Vows and Disavowals      149

23. Panama Hats      158

24. No More      171

25. The Final Rounds      179

26. After the Ring      187

Epilogue      193

Arcel as Medic      195

Arcelisms      196

Chapter Notes      197

Bibliography      205

Index      207

Book Reviews & Awards

“a darn good book…entertaining and well-written informative read…well researched and a very good read…highly recommend it”—Cyber Boxing Zone.