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Counterpunch: Ali, Tyson, the Brown Bomber, and Other Stories of the Boxing Ring



In feature stories and his “Sports of the Times” column for The New York Times, Ira Berkow intimately covered boxing, interviewing some of the best fighters in the sport’s history and writing about them with his signature warm and personal prose. From memories of Muhammad Ali, Joe Louis and Jack Dempsey to reflections on Mike Tyson and Floyd Mayweather, Berkow has reported on many of the boxing greats first-hand and focused on the special significance that boxing has had on American culture.

Counterpunch: Ali, Tyson, the Brown Bomber, and Other Stories of the Boxing Ring (Triumph Books, May 2014) by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Ira Berkow combines the best of over 40 years of his boxing coverage for the first time and brings together some of the most inspired sports writing about:

The heated and unforgettable rivalry between Ali and “Smokin” Joe Frazier
One of the most shocking moments in the history of boxing: Tyson’s “Bite Fight”
The seemingly never-ending will-he-or-won’t-he retirement saga of Sugar Ray Leonard
Profiles of some of the most influential boxing figures outside the ring, such as Don King, Cus D’Amato, Angelo Dundee and more

Berkow writes with heart, candor and insight in Counterpunch, a collection that will inform and entertain die-hard boxing fans and sports lovers alike.

About the Author:

Ira Berkow is a former sports columnist and feature writer for the New York Times for more than 25 years. He shared the Pulitzer Prize for national reporting in 2001 and was a finalist for the Pulitzer for commentary in 1988. He is the author of more than 20 books, including Rockin’ Steady: A Guide to Basketball and Cool, and the bestsellers Maxwell Street: Survival in a Bazaar and Red: A Biography of Red Smith. He lives in New York City.