This Bloody Mary Is the Last Thing I Own

This Bloody Mary Is the Last Thing I Own

A Journey to the End of Boxing

Book - 1998
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The sport of boxing is dying in a final explosion of dollars. Its beleaguered performers are reaching up for a last payday with bravery, one-liners, and self-delusion.Fittingly it is in Las Vegas, boxing's capital, in a faded casino bar with only a hooker for company that Jonathan Rendall -- British boxing writer and sometime boxing agent -- reflects on his own exit from the scene. What unfolds is the story of Rendall's boyhood romance with the sport, his canny coming-of-age as a boxing writer, and his risky bid to bring the unknown Colin "Sweet C" McMillan to the World Featherweight Championship.As Rendall narrates his growing disillusionment with the boxing business, the characters he has lived with and for rear sharply into focus: the mouthy, 80-year-old ladies' man Jack Kid Berg; the barely-alive legend Kid Chocolate; and "Sweet C", who teaches Rendall that "you can talk about boxing all you like, but at the end of the day, it's a fight. That's all it is".
Publisher: Hopewell, N.J. : Ecco Press, 1998
Edition: 1st Ecco Press ed
ISBN: 9780880016018
0880016019
Characteristics: xiii, 187 p. ; 24 cm

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dpecsreads Jun 09, 2014

Borrowed at the Brooklyn Public Library. An incredible collection of essays of Rendall's fall in - and deeply, deeply out of - love with boxing.

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