Saturday, 27 November 2010

I FOUGHT THEM ALL: "a great read!"

Great early feedback for 'I FOUGHT THEM ALL'.

From a reader on the Cyber Boxing Zone forum:

"The Sharkey book is excellent ... a great read.
Well researched and cuts through all the romantic bullshit and rose-tinted versions of events that are usually peddled about fighters of his era."

Sunday, 14 November 2010


I FOUGHT THEM ALL The Life and Ring Battles of Prize-fighting Legend Tom Sharkey
In the 1890s the fight game was changing.
The prize-fighters and bare-knuckle brawlers were disappearing as the new “scientific” boxers emerged to fight under the Marquis of Queensberry rules.
Irishman Tom Sharkey was the never-say-die fighter who bridged the gap between old and new.
Within a short time of arriving in America he took on all the top boxers of his day: his hero John L Sullivan, Gentleman Jim Corbett, Bob Fitzsimmons and the man who would become not only his greatest foe but his best friend, Jim Jeffries.
Their 25-round world title fight at Coney Island was one of the most gruelling and compelling encounters ever seen inside a ring.
I Fought Them All prints the fact and the legend, and is chocked full of the rich characters who dominated the sport and politics of the period, from Wild West gunman Wyatt Earp to Tim “Dry Dollar” Sullivan of New York’s Tammany Hall.
It is the story of an Irish immigrant, a sporting celebrity who won and lost a fortune, and of a man described by the New York Times as a “ring immortal”.

"Hugely entertaining and exquisitely researched, I Fought Them All shines a penetrating and long-overdue spotlight on one of the most fascinating figures in boxing history. Revelations about Sharkey’s private life are eye-popping, and the book is especially thorough in covering the Earp controversy. ‘Sailor’ Tom himself would growl his approval, and his massive chest would swell even larger. It’s a great contribution to ring history.”
Pete Ehrmann, boxing writer, contributor to The Ring

“I Fought Them All is an excellent read. It’s well-researched and is good news for boxing fans everywhere. ‘Sailor’ Tom Sharkey was an aggressive, relentless and powerful heavyweight who ranks among the greatest who ever entered the ring. He was an earlier version of the splendid fighter, Rocky Marciano. Tom had the misfortune of fighting when boxing legends Jim Jeffries and Bob Fitzsimmons were at their best. Had he fought at any other time in history, he very likely would have been heavyweight champion of the world.”
Tracy Callis, boxing historian

Saturday, 13 November 2010

Buy The Book

For fans of boxing, the Irish experience in America and those with an interest in the New York of the 1890s and 1900s, “I FOUGHT THEM ALL” is a must-have book.
It features an incredible array of colourful characters. Gentleman Jim Corbett, John L Sullivan, Jim Jeffries, Bob Fitzsimmons, Joe Choynski, “Spider” Kelly, Tim McGrath, Wyatt Earp, Bat Masterson, “Honest” John Kelly, “Kid” McCoy and Senator Tim Sullivan.
It’s the story of fighters, trainers, promoters, gamblers and police officers, of winning a fortune in the ring and losing it outside, and of friendships forged by knuckle and glove.
This is a high-quality hardback book with 336 pages of text and 23 photographs.

A message from the authors:
"Hi all - thanks to everyone who supported the Tom Sharkey biography, I Fought Them All. We had great reviews and brilliant reader feedback - and even won a non-fiction award. The hardback is now sold out BUT an e-book will be available in the next few weeks. So hold tight if you haven't got it yet! Greg & Moira"