Saturday, 28 April 2012
The Manassa Mauler.
Looking along my bookshelves the other day I came across something that I haven't picked up in years, Championship Fighting by Jack Dempsey. My copy is a 1980's reprint of a book published in 1950 and it would have been this hardback original that I borrowed from the public library when I suppose I was 13 or 14 years of age. I doubt that I realised what a classic and what a link to the past I was reading. Championship Fighting was probably the last book published on boxing as, not only a combat sport, but a system of self defence as well; hence the sub-title - Explosive punching and aggressive defence.