This is the most thoroughly researched boxing-detailed biography of James J. Corbett’s career ever written. It reveals new dates, bouts, and facts, shedding fresh light on his experience, skills, and ability. It meticulously describes his bouts and provides multiple viewpoints by local next day newspapers, giving it unparalleled authenticity and accuracy. The exhaustive research provides an encyclopedic wealth of knowledge about Corbett’s boxing career. His bouts are placed into social, legal, racial, and historic contexts, including anti-prize fighting laws and the color line. A complete record of Corbett’s career is included.
This is Adam Pollack's 4th book in his heavyweight champion series. It describes in meticulous detail James Jeffries' bouts from the 1890s up to 1905 (including round by round accounts as well as pre- and post-fight analysis), his opponents, and his training regimen. It discusses the time's heavyweight scene, including contenders, pre-fight hype and negotiations, political and legal obstacles, and the color line. Chapters also include descriptions and analysis of Corbett-Sharkey II, Fitzsimmons-Ruhlin, Fitz-Sharkey II, and Corbett-McCoy, as well as controversies surrounding several bouts. The book is based on next-day local newspaper accounts, comparing and contrasting their descriptions and analysis in order to provide an authentic view of how heavyweight boxing was perceived at the time. The use of local primary sources gives readers a rare opportunity to relive Jeffries' career as if they were reading about it at the time he was fighting. The book also includes Jeffries' career record, over 100 photos, 924 footnotes, and an index. 688 pages, hardcover, $42.95. You can purchase this book through amazon.com or by using the Contact Form on this website.
Table of Contents
Preface: The Undeniable Talent 5
1. Foundation of Strength: Establishing a Local Reputation 6
2. Hank Griffin and the Professional Hiatus 12
3. It Wasn't Long 21
4. Sparring with the Champion 27
5. Driving the Van Downtown 49
6. How the Baker Got His Goose Cooked 55
7. The Closer 60
8. The Master Veteran 70
9. No Show 90
10. The Legend 99
11. Mexican Pete 111
12. The Shark 120
13. The Cost of High Expectations 142
14. A Strange Ending 160
15. Road to the Crown 185
16. The Championship 215
17. Exhibition Tour 250
18. A Snag in Preparation 262
19. Reaching Deep Into the Inferno 281
20. The Impact of Film 324
21. A Thriving Sport Under Attack 335
22. The Road to Corbett 344
23. Trial of Will 363
24. The Bevy of Battles as the Horton Era Ends - 399
Ruhlin, Sharkey, and Fitzsimmons
25. Hell Hath No Fury… 433
26. Boxing's Old Nemesis 450
27. Getting Sharp Again - Griffin and Kennedy 462
28. The Road to Ruhlin 475
29. Ruling Ruhlin 486
30. On the Horizon 501
31. Championship Training 513
32. The War, the Bandages, and the Speaking Knockdown 524
In the Ring With Tommy Burns is the sixth book in Adam J. Pollack's heavyweight boxing champion series. It thoroughly and meticulously describes Tommy Burns' boxing career, using multiple local next-day primary sources to give the book an unparalleled accuracy and authenticity that has been the hallmark of the series. As always, Pollack offers round by round descriptions, pre- and post-fight analysis, bout preparation and negotiations, and provides context for the period, discussing opponents and what other contenders were doing at the time. By reviewing and experiencing Burns' career from the perspective of those who saw him box, one obtains far greater appreciation and respect for the skills and accomplishments of this underrated champion. The book includes 378 pages, over 100 photos, Burns' record, over 650 footnotes, and an index. You can purchase this book through amazon.com or through this website using the Contact Form.
Description: Billy Miske: The St. Paul Thunderbolt
by Clay Moyle
Win By KO Publications is proud to publish Clay Moyle's Billy Miske: The St. Paul Thunderbolt . It is Clay Moyle's second biography and a worthy successor to his critically acclaimed tome concerning the life and career of Sam Langford.
Hall of Fame boxer Billy Miske was arguably the most courageous and inspirational figure in boxing history, and his story is long overdue. During a career that was impeded and cut short as a result of his ongoing battle with a terminal illness, Billy fought a number of the greatest fighters who ever lived, including the likes of Jack Dillon, Harry Greb and Jack Dempsey. The thrilling details and stories surrounding those fights and those of many other ring legends are all here, brought back to life for the reader to enjoy. This book goes far beyond simply chronicling Miske's career, but provides the reader with an in-depth view of a number of the sport's greatest contests and one of the more remarkable periods in boxing's history. Miske's courage and perseverance in the face of his impending death, and his personal sacrifice to provide his family with one last Christmas to remember him by, will tug at your heartstrings and leave you with an indelible image of the man.
The book is comprised of 206 pages, including 61 photographs, and includes Miske's record, footnotes and an index.
Clay Moyle is a member of the International Boxing Research Organization (IBRO) and the author of Sam Langford, Boxing's Greatest Uncrowned Champion.
Read an interesting article "'Twas The Fight Before Christmas: The saga of Billy Miske" on Sports Illustrated.
Description: A Brief History of the Heavyweights 1881-2010
by Tracy Callis.
The Heavyweight Championship has long been the most valued prize in all of sports. Famous names among the champions include John L. Sullivan, Jim Jeffries, Jack Johnson, Jack Dempsey, Joe Louis, Rocky Marciano, Muhammad Ali, Mike Tyson, Vitali Klitschko and Wladimir Klitschko. A Brief History of the Heavyweights 1881-2010 traces the contests of these champions and other outstanding fighters of this weight class from the early bare knuckle days to the present. The author includes his rankings of the best boxers and bouts of different time periods in history as well as his all-time best rankings. This large 8.5 x 11 hardcover book is comprised of 308 pages, including numerous photographs, bout-by-bout lists of title contests, and an index.
Tracy Callis is a member of the International Boxing Research Organization, the Director of Historical Research for The Cyber Boxing Zone, an internet boxing website, an Elector to the International Boxing Hall of Fame, and a member of the Advisory Board of the Boxing Hall of Fame - Luxor Hotel Las Vegas. He is also co-author of the books Philadelphia's Boxing Heritage 1876-1976 and Boxing in the Los Angeles Area 1880-2005.
The book can be purchased for $29.95 on amazon.com and various other Internet book sellers. It is also available for purchase in Great Britain, Australia, Brazil, and Germany.
Description: Joe Jennette: Boxing's Ironman
by Joe Botti
In this first and only biography of New Jersey heavyweight boxing contender Joe Jennette, author Joe Botti chronicles the life and career of this interracial athlete who competed in the longest boxing contest of the twentieth century. From 1904 to 1922, Jennette faced and defeated the most dangerous fighters of his era, including Jack Johnson, Sam Langford, and Sam McVea. Jennette was unable to secure a title shot due to the fact that the world was fixated with finding a Caucasian boxer to defeat Jack Johnson in the "great white hope" era. The story deals with the struggles of interracial romance, racism, and the world of boxing in the early twentieth century.
Joe Botti is the Founder and Head Coach of the Union City Boxing Club in Union City, N.J. A former amateur boxer, Botti has trained over 30 New Jersey Golden Glove champions and currently manages and trains professional and amateur boxers.
The 448-page hardcover book contains over one-hundred rare photos, many never before published.
The book is available on amazon.com and other internet booksellers.
Description: The Choynski Chronicles, A Biography of Hall of Fame Boxer Jewish Joe Choynski
by Christopher J. LaForce
In this first and only biography of light-heavyweight champion and boxing legend Joe Choynski, author Chris LaForce chronicles the life and career of a pioneer of the gloved era of pugilism. Joe Choynski was one of the greatest, most courageous, brilliant, and respected Jewish boxers in history. Born in San Francisco, California in 1868, Joe Choynski fought nearly all of the greatest heavyweights of that division's first Golden Age, despite weighing less than 170 pounds. He was one of the few who did not draw the color line. Included is a complete account of Joe's professional fights.
Come follow Choynski's boxing career in such legendary matches as the battle on the Sacramento River barge with "Gentleman" Jim Corbett, his war with Bob Fitzsimmons, the classic brawls with "Sailor" Tom Sharkey, knockout of future heavyweight champion Jack Johnson, and his 20-round draw with soon-to-be heavyweight king Jim Jeffries.
This book features over 180 photographs, many of them rare and published here, for the first time, anywhere!
The book includes a Foreword by Herbert G. Goldman, former Managing Editor of Ring magazine and Editor-in-Chief of Boxing Illustrated, and a testimonial by renowned boxing historian, Tracy Callis. Chris LaForce has been a member of IBRO (the International Boxing Research Organization) since 1984. He has written several articles for the IBRO newsletter, and is a contributing writer for the Cyber Boxing Zone, Western States Jewish History and other historical societies.
Description: In the Ring With Jack Johnson - Part I: The Rise
by Adam J. Pollack.
At 710 pages, In the Ring With Jack Johnson - Part I: The Rise is the most detailed and thorough book ever written on Jack Johnson. This book alone (the first of two on Johnson) covers the start of Jack Johnson's career up to his winning the world heavyweight championship. It is chock-full of detailed descriptions of each bout from multiple local next-day primary sources. The book also contains plenty of context and background, details and perspectives about race from both white and black-owned newspapers, as well as approximately 225 rare photographs, cartoons, and advertisements. Boxing fans will obtain knowledge and insight into Jack Johnson's life and career like never before.
In the 1940s, two-time world middleweight champion Tony Zale seemingly had it all. Battling colorful Rocky Graziano in The Ring magazine's Fights of the Year in 1946 and 1947, "The Man of Steel" from Gary, Indiana, convincingly defeated him in their third and final contest in 1948. These bouts are acknowledged as among the most exciting trilogies in boxing history. Tony had hosts of adoring fans and supportive family, was married to a beautiful and talented woman, and had two little girls whom he adored.
Becoming world champion was an amazing feat for this son of Polish immigrants. Feeling responsible for the accident which killed his father when Tony was two years old, he became a shy and withdrawn young boy. As a result of the boxing influence of his older brothers, however, he discovered a way out of his introversion and shyness by proving himself in the ring.
Once his professional boxing career had ended, Tony wound up financially with very little to show for all his pain and sacrifice endured in the ring. He suffered through a bitter divorce where he repeatedly attempted to gain custody of his daughters. This battle, along with a botched financial investment, devoured his life's savings and took him to an unexpected level of poverty. While all this drained him both mentally and physically, Tony never lost the Spirit within.
Thus, when everything seemed stacked against him, Tony dug himself out with the same kind of will, faith, and determination that had led him to become a world champion. Along the way, he touched the lives of countless young people, both as the head coach of the Chicago Catholic Youth Organization and Chicago Parks Department boxing programs. As a result, this soft-spoken champion became nearly as well-known and admired for his contributions to the lives of others as he had been for the remarkable courage and fortitude he exhibited during his boxing career. Tony Zale, The Man of Steel includes over 400 photos depicting his amazing life.
AUTHORS ---- This is Tony's nephew Thad 'Ted' Zale's first publication. Co-author and boxing historian Clay Moyle has published two other works about early boxers Sam Langford and Billy Miskey. A portion of this biography's proceeds will fund a scholarship in the name of Tony Zale through the Polish National Alliance in Chicago, Illinois.
An interesting article "New Tony Zale book expected to carry quite a punch" by Al Hamnik at nwi.com can be found here.
Billy C interviews the co-authors (Thad Zale & Clay Moyle) of the great new book, Tony Zale: The Man of Steel on the Talkin Boxing With Billy C TV & Radio Program on 01-20-2015. See it here on a YouTube video.
It is available on amazon.com and other online book dealers.
Description: Death in Vegas
by Margaret Goodman
Win By KO Publications is proud to announce the release of DEATH IN VEGAS, a novel by esteemed former Nevada fight doctor, Dr. Margaret Goodman.
DEATH IN VEGAS, a medical suspense novel, is part Million Dollar Baby, part Rocky, and a bit Erin Brockovich.
Dr. Olivia Norris takes on the mostly male world of Las Vegas boxing power brokers. Olivia is a brilliant, attractive Chicago neurologist, married to her work, admired by her colleagues, and estranged from her family. When her brother, a rising boxing star, is tragically injured in a championship prize fight, Olivia swoops in to uncover what went wrong. Did Curtis's bout go on too long? What injuries did he suffer and why? Did the ringside physician give him appropriate care? Is the hospital doing everything they can for him?
Her search for answers forces Olivia to reconnect with her family. She uncovers secrets from her past that have a powerful impact and inspire her to dig even deeper into the dark world of performance-enhancing drugs.
To find the real truth, she travels to Mexico with the handsome, former ringside physician Dr. Bart Rossi. There, they find themselves attracted to each other, while also uncovering the dangerous, illegal side of boxing. Before she can return home, Olivia realizes that her determination to find the truth could kill her and her new friends too.
Both mystery and romance, DEATH IN VEGAS is a page-turner that offers a unique perspective on sports from an insider -a former ringside physician who is an outspoken advocate for boxers.
About the Author
Margaret Goodman, M.D. is a Las Vegas neurologist, former chief ringside physician for the Nevada State Athletic Commission, and founder and chair of the Voluntary Anti-Doping Association (VADA), a non-profit organization that has tested Manny Pacquiao and numerous other fighters for the presence of performance-enhancing drugs. She has appeared on HBO, Showtime, ESPN, ABC, and Fox; written for ESPN.com, SI.com, and Aol.com, among others; and had a monthly column in The Ring Magazine for eight years. She won The Boxing Writers Association of America's James J. Farley Award "for honesty and integrity" in boxing, and in 2012, HBO's The Fight Game named Dr. Goodman boxing's "Person of the Year."
This is the third book in Adam Pollack's series on the heavyweight champions of the gloved era. Bob Fitzsimmons was boxing's first pound for pound great, winning the world middleweight title before becoming the world heavyweight champion (and later lightheavyweight champ). Combining both crafty skill and crushing power, Fitzsimmons was able to knock out heavyweights when he only weighed 158 pounds!
This meticulous and tremendously researched book uses multiple local primary sources from New Zealand, Australia, and America to chronicle Fitzsimmons' boxing career. It contains detailed fight descriptions never before revealed, round by round reports, pre- and post-fight analysis, daily training regimens, critical analysis of opponents' careers, discussion of skills, techniques, strategies, strengths, and weaknesses, and explains how legal, political, social, and economic issues affected and impeded fights.
The book also includes stories of fixed fights, conspiracies, legal battles, trials, threats of violence and imprisonment made by governors, judges, and militiamen, and verbal jousting, taunting, boasting, and even physical confrontations between Bob Fitzsimmons and James J. Corbett.
Hardcover: 464 pages, 63 photos and illustrations, 968 footnotes, bibliography, index, and appendix (containing a complete Fitzsimmons career record). $34.95
Adam Pollack's 5th book is the first biography ever written on Marvin Hart, the forgotten heavyweight champion from the South. Hart gained popularity as a middleweight and light-heavyweight in the Louisville, Kentucky area before moving up to heavyweight and defeating the highly touted top contender Jack Johnson. Hart then won the vacant world's heavyweight championship in a fight to the finish against Jack Root. Like other books in Pollack's "In the Ring" series, this book is meticulously researched using next-day local primary source materials, and details Hart's boxing career. You can purchase this book through amazon.com or by using the Contact Form on this website.
Description: Jack Sharkey: A Heavyweight Champion's Untold Story
by James Curl, with a foreword by Jack Sharkey III.
When Jack Sharkey retired in 1936 after twelve years of boxing, he had carved out a career that was both exciting and controversial. But, despite having been the world heavyweight champion and enormously popular, sadly he is almost completely forgotten today…until now.
After two years of extensive research and writing, the Boston Gob's life story is ready to be told. In this book you will follow Jack Sharkey from his days as a teenage runaway and sailor to world heavyweight champion and renowned fly-fisherman alongside his good friend, baseball great Ted Williams. You will also read about his controversial battles with such legendary fighters as Jack Dempsey, Max Schmeling, and the giant Primo Carnera. The book also covers in detail Jack's four-fight rivalry with his great nemesis Jimmy Maloney, and offers several round-by-round descriptions of his biggest fights.
With a foreword by Jack Sharkey III, over 50 photos and 231 pages, this book offers a rich, detailed look at the life of one of boxing's most colorful and interesting characters.
Jack Sharkey: A Heavyweight Champion's Untold Story is the second book written by author James Curl. James's first book, Jersey Joe Walcott: A Boxing Biography was published in 2012 and was the first book ever written about former heavyweight champion Jersey Joe Walcott. James has also written articles for East Side Boxing and the International Boxing Research Organization, of which he is a member. In addition, he does the heavyweight spotlight on the Billy C. boxing radio show, and covers live fights. James lives in Sacramento, California with his family.
Description: In the Ring With Jack Johnson - Part II: The Reign
by Adam J. Pollack.
In the Ring With Jack Johnson - Part II: The Reign by Adam J. Pollack continues the series of the most detailed and thorough books ever written on Jack Johnson. This 880-page book completely covers Jack Johnson's reign and life as world heavyweight champion.
As with Part I: The Rise, by utilizing multiple primary-sources, Part II: The Reign enables the reader to experience Jack Johnson's life, both inside and outside the ring, and the world in which he lived. Both black and white-owned newspapers offer their plethora of perspectives on race and boxing. The book includes pre-fight hype and analysis, negotiations, training, the fights, post-fight analysis, what other boxers were doing, racial incidents and riots, analysis of the significant racial impact of Johnson's achievements, legal impediments, religious and racial objections, and the details of Johnson's many legal struggles, including a chapter covering his criminal trial for violation of the White-Slave Traffic Act, otherwise known as the Mann Act, using the actual trial transcript. The book also is chock-full of nearly 400 rare photographs, cartoons, and advertisements. Boxing fans and historians will obtain knowledge and insight into Jack Johnson's life, career, and world like never before.
Description: Johann Trollmann and Romani Resistance to the Nazis
by Jud Nirenberg
In 1933 Johann Trollmann won Germany's light-heavyweight boxing title. The Nazis would not accept him as the winner because he was Sinto. Many Sinti and Roma (or "Gypsies") had long been involved in the sport, but Nazi ideology demanded that only Aryans excel as fighters. Trollmann used his visibility in the ring for shocking and aggressive protest, turning boxing into politically charged performance art. He fought for his country, and against its prejudice. Roma and Sinti were victims of fascism, but they also were soldiers, activists, and underground resistors. Since World War II, there has been a struggle to obtain greater recognition of this past. From underground fight nights to Madison Square Garden, from secret partisan meetings to concentration camp uprisings, across several continents, this is a hard-hitting look at forgotten history.
John L. Sullivan was so special that he made gloved boxing, the type of boxing we watch today, a popular national and international money-making sport. He was the man who started gloved boxing on its path towards acceptance in the sporting world as the form of fighting that could determine a true champion. He boasted that he could knock out anyone within 4 rounds, and he was good enough to do it; inspiring awe in all those who saw him. John L. Sullivan was the world's first sports superstar.
Still, in order to convince skeptical old-school fight purists of his right to be called champion, Sullivan occasionally had to engage in bareknuckle contests under the traditional London Prize Ring Rules. The only problem was that fighting, and especially bareknuckle fighting, was illegal.
This book follows Sullivan's career path, fight by fight, blow by blow, in glorious detail, using local next-day primary sources. Also covered is Sullivan's personal life, training, negotiations, legal battles, fight hype, and all of the extracurricular activities outside the ring that helped make him the world's most famous man. The 490 page book contains over 200 rare contemporary lithographs, drawings, photographs, and advertisements.
Adam J. Pollack discusses his new book with complete audio interview here.
Description: Black Ink
by Jose Corpas
Black Ink is the long overdue biography of Panama Al Brown, a boxer so unpopular, fans stormed the ring and nearly killed him in an attack that might be considered a hate crime today. Outside the ring, the leaders of the "Manly Art" were so determined not to have a gay boxing champion that they stripped him of his recognition, without an explanation. But Brown was too good, and eventually fought his way to become recognized as the first Latino world champion. In this riveting book, Jose Corpas makes sure Al Brown is never forgotten.