By Thomas Hauser
Thomas Hauser has been referred to as “one of boxing’s maximum writers. The Boxing Scene, Hauser’s provocative new anthology, includes all of his trademark insights and candor as he peels away layers of hypocrisy to bare the lads who make up the modern boxing landscape.
Hauser exposes the internal workings of HBO activities; examines the phenomenon of combined martial arts because it pertains to boxing; and files the a laugh come upon among his 81-year-old mom and larger-than-life boxing impresario Don King. The Boxing Scene additionally updates Hauser’s own recommendations on superstars like Oscar De l. a. Hoya, Floyd Mayweather Jr., Ricky Hatton, Miguel Cotto, and Bernard Hopkins in addition to struggle promoter Bob Arum, announcer Bob Sheridan and a bunch of others.
The Boxing Scene recreates one other yr in specialist boxing and provides to Hauser’s definitive checklist of the sport.
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