Ringside 2

More Interviews with Fighters and Boxing Insiders


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About the Book

This second collection of the author’s 24 exclusive interviews with boxing insiders features some of the most influential personalities in ring history, including former heavyweight champions Lennox Lewis and Evander Holyfield and promoters Don King and Kathy Duva. Other interviewees include trainers Ronnie Shields and Virgil Hunter, former HBO blow-by-blow announcer Jim Lampley, and judge Duane Ford, along with some names perhaps unfamiliar to many of the boxing public who work as driving forces behind the sport.

About the Author(s)

Doveed Linder has been involved in the sport of boxing as an amateur boxer, a trainer, and a writer. He lives in St. Louis, Missouri.

Bibliographic Details

Doveed Linder
Foreword by “Iceman” John Scully
Format: softcover (7 x 10)
Pages: 232
Bibliographic Info: 93 photos, index
Copyright Date: 2022
pISBN: 978-1-4766-8697-4
eISBN: 978-1-4766-4743-2
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix
Foreword by “Iceman” John Scully 1
Prologue: Why I Write About Boxing 4
1—Lennox Lewis: The Emperor 9
2—Winky Wright: Undisputed 17
3—Ivan Robinson: Fight of the Year 24
4—Jose Antonio Rivera: The Rooster 31
5—Dwight Muhammad Qawi: The ABC Plan 38
6—Chris Byrd: Little Big Man 45
7—George Chuvalo: Still Standing 53
8—Caveman Lee: Runaway Child 60
9—Evander Holyfield: The Warrior 67
Trainers and Cutmen
10—Ronnie Shields: Any Given Sunday 81
11—Virgil Hunter: From the Root to the Fruit 88
12—Roger Bloodworth: Different Seasons 95
13—Jack Loew: Grooming the Pride of Youngstown 103
14—Winston Shaw: A Place Called Gamble 110
15—Ray Rodgers: Golden Gloves Education 117
16—Don Turner: The Gym at Clark & Central 125
Promoters and Managers
17—Lou DiBella: After Dark 135
18—Pat Lynch: Legendary Nights 143
19—Kathy Duva: Ice World 150
20—Don King: Once and for All 161
21—J Russell Peltz: The Blue Horizon 166
Announcers and Officials
22—Jim Lampley: World Championship Boxing 181
23—Duane Ford: Through the Eyes of a Judge 191
24—Dr. Stuart Kirschenbaum: Commissioner Emeritus 197
Epilogue: A ­10-Count 209
Index 217