A Few More Rounds: A Collection of Boxing Tales

By Jerry Fitch and John J. Raspanti

A Few More Rounds: A Collection of Boxing Tales examines the sights, sounds, and assorted types that populate the fistic landscape.

The 20 chapters include unique stories from Fitch, who writes lovingly of his lifetime friendships with legendary fighters of the past, and Raspanti, whose prose includes instances of racism, hate, retribution, and loyalty.

Stories featuring Jersey Joe Walcott, Tony Zale, Muhammad Ali, Sergey Kovalev, and Andre Ward are included, along with personal experiences, insights, and memories from both authors.

The foreword is authored by famed former Ring magazine and International Boxing Hall of Fame member Nigel Collins.

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A delightful and entertaining love letter to the sport of boxing

The writing duo of Jerry Fitch and John J. Raspanti has combined to produce a book that can be compared to a beautifully executed one-two punch. Their latest gift to boxing fans is a delightful and entertaining love letter to the sport of boxing.

While each contributes 10 of the twenty chapters, both write from a very personal perspective. Over the years they have not only corresponded with some of the greatest boxers who ever lived, but have also developed lifelong friendships with many of them. The boxing careers of Tony Zale, Archie Moore, Jimmy McLarnin, Jimmy Bivins, Lloyd Marshall and Jersey Joe Walcott are well documented, but what both Jerry and John bring to the table are personal moments shared with these and other lesser known contenders and champions. The result is a revealing look at the family relationships, personalities and behavior of men who have chosen to compete in the toughest of all professional sports.

The book has a conversational feel to it, like having a beer with two very knowledgeable boxing historians who keep coming up with fascinating topics, and you’re having so much fun you just don’t want it to end. Chapters like “My Favorite Fighters”, “Forgotten Middleweight Contenders From The 1950s”, “Five Must See Boxing Movies” and “Memories Of The Olympic Auditorium” are among the potpourri of interesting topics that will leave you wanting more.

– Mike Silver

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