Search for your sports books:

Featured Publisher: Pitch Publishing
The incomparable range of sports books produced by Pitch Publishing over the past few years has ensured theyÕve secured a place as one of the UKÕs leading publishers of sporting material.

From the unashamedly nostalgic Got, Not Got and the thought-provoking If Only: An Alternative History of the Beautiful Game, to Andrew MurtaghÕs superbly-written Gentleman and a Player, Pitch Publishing are always likely to come up with something different. Take a look at their current range: www.pitchpublishing.co.uk




Read Review
<back to archive

The Mad and the Bad Boxing Tales of Murder, Madness and Mayhem By Thomas Myler

Release date: 09th June, 2018
Publisher: Pitch Publishing

List Price: £12.99
Our Price: £12.99
You Save: £0 (0%)
Buy Now

Dublin-based boxing historian and author Thomas Myler proved in his last book, Boxing’s Hall of Shame, that he knows his way around the fight game and in The Mad and the Bad, he presents a dozen bite-sized portraits of boxing’s toughest characters that successfully whet the appetite and leave the reader wanting more.

Myler introduces us to fighters such as ‘Two Ton’ Tony Galento, whose idea of training consisted of downing half a dozen chickens with a plate of spaghetti, washed down with “half a gallon of red wine or beer, often both.”

Then there’s Roberto Duran, the archetypal hard man, who hailed from the backstreets of Panama and recognised that if it wasn’t for boxing, he’d either be in prison or dead.

Many of the featured boxers have similar backgrounds.

Rocky Graziano, for instance, was a Brooklyn-born petty thief who spent time in prison, but successfully turned his life around in the ring. Not as though he was one for ringcraft: his all-action style wowed the crowds and his three brutal world middleweight title fights against Tony Zale, the ‘Man of Steel’ from Gary, Indiana, “remain among the most thrilling ring battles of all time.”

Myler regularly goes ‘off-piste’ and introduces a number of supporting characters to his pacey narrative, boxers such as Al ‘Bummy’ Davis, “a roughhouse fighter and villain,” gunned down by a gang as he tried to prevent them robbing a bar.

Then there’s Irishman Tom Sharkey, just 5ft 8ins tall, but “one of the toughest heavyweights in the business”. Prior to fighting eight-times married conman Kid McCoy (that’s not a typo), Sharkey twice fought James J Jeffries over an incredible 25 rounds, the second bout described as “one of the fiercest fights in ring history”.

If there’s a common theme to The Mad and the Bad, it’s the realisation many of the featured boxers have that the sport offers them a form of freedom, an escape from a life of petty (and in some cases heavy duty) crime. Myler manages to squeeze plenty in to his short portraits. Don’t be surprised if one or more of them turn into fully-fledged biographies.


<back to archive


Toolstation


SBOTM Current Top 10

Game Changers How a team of underdogs & scientists discovered what it takes to win By Joao Medeiros
Little, Brown
Read Review Buy Now
A Boy in the Water By Tom Gregory
Particular Books
Read Review Buy Now
How To Be A Footballer By Peter Crouch with Tom Fordyce
Ebury Press
Read Review Buy Now
The Little Big Things The Inspirational Memoir of the Year By Henry Fraser
Seven Dials
Read Review Buy Now
Seoul Glow The Story Behind Great Britain’s 1988 Hockey Gold By Rod Gilmour
Pitch Publishing
Read Review Buy Now
No Spin My Autobiography By Shane Warne with Mark Nicholas
Ebury Press
Read Review Buy Now
On Cricket By Mike Brearley
Constable
Read Review Buy Now
Alan Ball The Man in White Boots By David Tossell
Hodder & Staughton
Read Review Buy Now
Can We Run With You, Grandfather? Seven Continents: Seven Decades By Doug Richards
Pitch Publishing
Read Review Buy Now
Darkness and Light: My Story By Joe Thompson with Alex Fenn
Pitch Publishing
Read Review Buy Now

Amazon’s top 6 best-sellers

© Sharks Media Ltd 2004 – 2012. Site designed and maintained by Marcus Hamblett for Furydesign.