Facing Ali

Facing Ali

The Opposition Weighs in

Book - 2003
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They won, they lost, they were scorned or cheered, but they got in the ring with the champ, and every fighter who got into the ring with Muhammad Ali shone brighter as a result. No life or career could be the same afterwards. Facing Ali is the an engaging portrait of this boxing phenomenon as told by 15 of his opponents--an incredible cross-section that reveals Ali as never before.
Publisher: Toronto : Vintage Canada, 2003, c2002.
ISBN: 9780676973518
Branch Call Number: 796.8309 BRU
Characteristics: 301 p. : ill. ; 21 cm.


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May 25, 2016

Canadian sportswriter Stephen Brunt offers us a fresh perspective on Ali's legacy by doing something most of his biographers forgot to do: interview his opponents at length. Traveling the world to speak to over a dozen fighters, their perspectives give us a great look at one of boxing's biggest stars. From the big names (Foreman, Frazier, Holmes) to the obscure ones (Coopman, Blin, London), each pugilist has a unique story to tell. What I found to be the most interesting chapter was the one dealing with Chuck Wepner, the inspiration for the film Rocky and Ali's first fight after the Rumble in the Jungle. Published in 2002, the book is enhanced fourteen years later with the benefit of YouTube. After reading about each opponent, I constantly had the urge to stream the respective fight online, giving me the visuals to compliment the wonderful stories. A great boxing book!

Feb 02, 2009

A very interesting idea. The book is well researched and written and will appeal to boxing fans.

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