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Interviews with 24 Fighters and Boxing Insiders

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About the Book

Twenty-four exclusive interviews with boxing insiders feature the recollections and perspectives of champions, trainers, promoters and officials, as well as those who work behind the scenes.
Interviewees include ring legends “Sugar” Ray Leonard, Leon Spinks and Roy Jones, Jr., trainer Angelo Dundee, promoter Bob Arum, ring announcer Michael Buffer, referee Steve Smoger, cutman Joe Souza, sportscaster Al Bernstein and manager Jackie Kallen.

About the Author(s)

Doveed Linder has been involved in the sport as an amateur boxer, a trainer, and a writer. Based in St. Louis, Missouri, he is a longtime contributor to Boxingtalk.com, where he got his start in boxing journalism.

Bibliographic Details

Doveed Linder
Format: softcover (7 x 10)
Pages: 220
Bibliographic Info: 114 photos, index
Copyright Date: 2016
pISBN: 978-1-4766-6441-5
eISBN: 978-1-4766-2624-6
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

Foreword by Greg Leon 1

Prologue: Appreciating Fighters 3

 1—Larry Merchant: Lunch with a Legend 5

 2—Ray Charles Leonard: Coffee with Sugar 17

 3—Bob Arum: Inside the Iron Gates 24

 4—Naazim Richardson: The City of Brotherly Love 31

 5—Leon Spinks: From the Vault 40

 6—Michael Buffer: The Ring Announcer 47

 7—Jackie Kallen: The First Lady of Boxing 56

 8—Gerry Cooney: The Fight 64

 9—Joe Souza: The Cutman 72

10—John Scully: The Iceman Tapes 79

11—Roy Jones, Jr.: ­Pound-for-Pound 87

12—Emanuel Steward: The Kronk Legacy 95

13—Steve Smoger: The Third Man 105

14—Monte Barrett: The Tale of Two Gunz 113

15—Al Bernstein: The Origins of ESPN 122

16—Carlos Varela, Sr.: The National School 130

17—Glen Johnson: The Road Warrior 136

18—Mackie Shilstone: Special Forces 145

19—Harold Lederman: The Pharmacist 154

20—Joe Goossen: Ten Goose Boxing 164

21—Peter McNeeley: The Hurricane 172

22—Melvina Lathan: The Chairwoman 179

23—Exum Speight: The ­Ex-Files 187

24—Angelo Dundee: Final Words 192

Epilogue: Once Upon a Time in the Suburbs 201

Index 207