Prizefighting; An American History

Book Review: ‘Prizefighting: An American History’ by Arne K. Lang


By Jim Amato

Throughout my life I have read several boxing history books. I am always seeking more knowledge of this brutal yet beautiful sport aptly called the”sweet science.” The newly released boxing history book “Prizefighting : An American History” is best new book of this genre I have read in years. In fact it is among the best I have ever read.


Author Arne K. Lang has done an outstanding job as he goes “outside the box” in bringing to light the trials and tribulations of boxing’s humble beginnings and brings us up to speed as the sport now booms in Las Vegas as a multi-million dollar operation. In reviving the sports past history as well reviewing the recent events of the last decades. “Prizefighting” is well written and the outstanding effort of the author’s research is apparent throughout the book. From the early days in jolly old England to the emergence of boxing as a popular sport in the United States, Lang serves up several slices of boxing’s ri ch heritage to the reader. The author brings to life some of boxing’s most influential participants like John L. Sullivan, Corbett, Jack Johnson, Dempsey, Louis, Marciano, Ali, Julio Cesar Chavez and more. There are various chapters on the impact of many ethnic groups who have broadened the landscape of the sport. In essence this book is a wonderful walk through spectrum of the sport. I recommend this book to fans young and old. You will not be disappointed.



The book is available from McFarland Publishing.


Price – $55.00 – 274 pages with photos – Hard cover.


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