Friday, 30 September 2011

The "amazing" full story of a boxing great

Another great review for 'I Fought Them All: The Life and Ring Battles of Prize-fighting Legend Tom Sharkey'. This time it's who are singing the books praises.

'The colorful life and times of one of Ireland’s forgotten sporting heroes is revealed in I Fought Them All, a new biography by Greg Lewis and Moira Sharkey,' says the website.

'“Sailor” Tom Sharkey, whom the New York Times once described as a “ring immortal,” fought the first four heavyweight champions under the Marquis of Queensberry rules – becoming a boxing legend and a very wealthy man in the process...

'Yet the amazing full story of his early life in Dundalk, Co. Louth, his career in the U.S. Navy and his controversial ring career has never been told – until now. I Fought Them All is the result of more than three years of research which used records from Ireland and all across the United States.

'The book features an array of characters including Wild West gunman Wyatt Earp and boxing legends such as John L. Sullivan, Gentleman Jim Corbett and Bob Fitzsimmons. At its heart is the astonishing 50-year rivalry and friendship between Sharkey and Jim Jeffries, which started after their 25-round world title fight at Coney Island and lasted until the two men died a few weeks apart in 1953.'


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