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A Nostalgic Escape from Today's Heavyweights 29 mai 2013
Par S. Michael "Mickey" Newman - Publié sur
Format: Relié
If you're a hardcore fight fan, especially connoisseurs of the 1980s and 1990s, there isn't a lot new here. But there are a few things that you may not have already known. What this book IS, however, is a wonderful trip through the entire careers of the two warriors Tyson and Holyfield, careers (especially Tyson's) that are well documented but are always fun to relive. What Mr. Willis does in addition to this is get inside the minds of the fighters, while also giving us profiles of people like Mills Lane, Mitch Halpern, and Tupac Shakur and his relationship with Tyson. I have to admit, I've always suspected that Tyson was never as evil as Tyson seemed, and that Holyfield wasn't as Holy as he seemed. What I took away from this book is that Tyson is a far more introspective and intelligent person than Holyfield. They've both had some seriously selfish moments, but it seems Tyson is really the only one who recognizes his past mistakes and feels remorse. He may ultimately prove me wrong, but I really think Tyson is trying to be a good person now. Great job by George Willis!
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Good Book, But No New or Revealing Inside Info and Some Silly Errors 18 juin 2013
Par Hawk - Publié sur
Format: Relié Achat vérifié
Good book by Mr. Willis with some unfortunate and silly errors and not really anything that would be considered New information on the fight.

If you already own Richard Hoffers's "A Savage Business", you probably don't need to pick this up.

Some of the errors, while not overly eggregious, they do stick out as pretty obvious.

And these two are within the first 6 pages of the book:

*Reference to Holyfield's "...close decision over (Bobby) Czyz." - Czyz quit after round 5 citing among other things, a buring in his eyes, which he later attributed to "hot sauce" (yeah, hot sauce), a bad shoulder and a bad back.

*Tommy Brooks "....eventually turned to training and joined Don Turner as Holyfield's assistant after Holyfield won the (Heavyweight) title from Buster Douglas." - Not sure where to begin with this one.

Turner was not Holyfield's trainer until several years and at least one retirement, following Evander koing Douglas in 3. I am assuming Mr. Willis is referring to Lou Duva, Brooks's father in Law and not Turner. However, Duva was with Evander from his pro debut and Brooks began working with Evander, alongside his father in law and with George Benton, well before Evander won the heavyweight title.

There are other examples such as this, but again, this was just 6 pages into the read.

If you are familiar with the bout and it's background and if you also have Hoffer's book, save your cash or wait until you can get it at a reduced price.

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An Inside View of The "Night That Changed Boxing Forever" 7 juin 2013
Par Clarence H Curry Jr - Publié sur
Format: Relié
Mr Willis provides an interesting view into the lives and events of the principals of arguably the most historic and certainly most bizarre matches ever staged. He achieves this while providing insight and background into the sport that can be appreciated by those with intimate knowledge of it, as well as the causal fan. While telling the "story" of the three round match, Mr. Willis helps the reader get to know the fighters, their backgrounds, motivation and chronicles the path that brought each fighter to this night. The book is about "the fight", but it is also an excellent look into the industry and its' accompanying ecosystem. With research, including interviews with the fighters, promoters, trainers, referee(s) and network executives, Mr. Willis offers a rather detail road map leading to this historic night. But perhaps the most compelling aspect of the book is how the reader gets to "know" the fighters including an "inside perspective" to their personal triumphs and defeats. Mr Willis concludes by providing a "where are they now" view with many of the key people involved in the match, including Mr. Holyfield and Mr. Tyson. The book is informative, reveling and interesting. A definite "page turner". Well done Mr. Willis.
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A Story I Could Sink My Teeth Into 28 novembre 2014
Par Pugwash - Publié sur
Format: Relié
Mike Tyson was one of the most feared fighters of all-time in the late 1980's and early 1990's. However, his story is, in many ways the American Dream in reverse. A household name, with millions of dollars at his disposal at an early age, he became fodder for predators and sycophants. His instability became a topic for radio and television personalities and media carnivores. He became self- destructive, and though, blessed with natural talent far exceeding those of his peers, he lost in one of the biggest sports upsets in any sport at any time.

Contrasting against Tyson, Evander Holyfield was an athlete who became accustomed to the doubt of those in the sporting world. Too small, can't take it to the body, fought a lucky champion. But rarely, if ever, has there been a more mentally tough, more focused athlete. And, in fairness, his list of victims is impressive. Dokes, Pinklon Thomas, Holmes, Foreman, Bowe, Moorer all fell to Holyfeld at one time.

These two warriors were on a collision course, and, as it turned out, Tyson turned out to be the more fragile of the two. Holyfeld was not in awe of Tyson's power. He stood up to Tyson's shots, and returned his power. He broke Tyson down. Tyson was a more complex person. Evander was the fan favorite, because of his image, but he was a simpler man. He was the one who truly had purer intentions. To hurt his opponent. To survive, and to win. He had an under-rated defense.

This book does a great job in drawing the contrasts of two great and remarkable champions. Two flawed men, two great fighters. The Bite Fight was a nauseating spectacle. Millions of people were cheated out of a great fight, and a satisfactory outcome. The author understands the fighters, the aftershock, and the ripples it created. A great read.
A knockout! 12 juin 2013
Par Poor Richard - Publié sur
Format: Relié Achat vérifié
This is a great book. It's not just about boxing, it's about life. It's about two men trying to make the best of their circumstances and the mistakes they make and how those mistakes affect other people and how the two men try to deal with their mistakes and the mistakes of those around them.

If you pay attention, George Willis provides a not-so-oblique commentary on our society. He holds up a mirror for us to examine how we entertain ourselves and how we seek fulfillment. I am not referring to some trite commentary about how boxing is evil--I don't believe that and neither does Willis. I boxed for two years as an amateur and I love the sport. But something changed between the last fights of Mohammed Ali and the Bite Fight. I believe the change is about boundaries: boundaries between an audience and the people in the arena, boundaries between those pursuing a dream and those who fulfill their own ends by facilitating the dreams of others, and boundaries between people obsessed with a dream and those they encounter on the path to achieving that dream. We all probably participate in each of those dichotomies at various times in our lives.

By the end of the book, I have spent a lot of time thinking about justice and power in many different contexts. I am left with the impression that it is how we treat others that distinguishes the heavyweight champions of life. Well done, George Willis. You tell a great story with all the honesty and humanity and insight I would expect from my old high school quarterback. Cheers to you, my friend.
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