Facing Ali

Facing Ali

The Opposition Weighs in

Book - 2003
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Muhammad Ali cast a blinding light on his sport, on the tumultuous times in which he reigned as champion, and on all the people who surrounded him. That included the fighters brave enough to stand alone, in the ring with the greatest heavyweight champion of all time.
Ali's own story has been told often, but the tales of those who faced him have been mostly overlooked. For each, the moments alone in the ring with Ali changed their lives. FACING ALI tells the stories, in the fighters' own words, of fifteen men from around the world--from famous names like Joe Frazier, George Foreman, and Henry Cooper, to lesser lights like Tunney Hunsaker, Jergen Blin, and George Chuvalo. FACING ALI offers a unique perspective on what it was like to fight Ali, and gives new insights into the character of a boxer who is arguably the most recognized man on the planet.

Publisher: Guilford, Conn. : Lyons Press, c2003.
ISBN: 9781585748297
Characteristics: 300p.


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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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