Boxing Hall of Fame--With Books "Updated Weekly!"

Boxing Library Hall of Fame

We are a New-York-based book publishing house interested in books and boxers.

We are also interested in promoting academic growth and literacy within our youth.

We asked boxers, and prominent figures within the boxing world, to tell us the title of their favorite book. "What is the book that you enjoyed reading the most?" we inquired.

Their book could be fiction, nonfiction, memoir, autobiography, history, sport-related, or not. We simply wanted to peek into their soul and see what book--as a kid, or now—knocked them out!

Below, are their responses. Enjoy!

Jameel "Big Time" McCline

Name: Jameel "Big Time" McCline

    WBO, NABO Heavyweight Champion, 2006
    • Defeated Cedric Boswell (TKO 10).
    • Defeated Alfred Cole (W 10).
    • Defeated Michael Grant (TKO 1).
    • Defeated Shannon Briggs (W 10).
    • Defeated Lance Whitaker (W10).
    • Defeated Terry Smith (W 10).
    • won 38 (KO 23) + lost 9 (KO 3) + drawn 3 = 50

Favorite Book: "Ask and It Is Given" by Jerry Hicks

"This is one of my favorite books because it offered me a lot of spiritual insight. Everyone needs inspiration--even a tough guy, like me. This is the first time I have ever read a book by Esther and Jerry Hicks, and I thank them for writing it. It definitely uplifted my consciousness as a person and as a fighter who grew up in Harlem, NY. It was an easy book to understand, and like a good trainer yelling in your ear, it brought me excellent results. It showed me that we are all connected. I think this book is a great contribution to humanity!"

Henry Wallitsch

Name: Henry Wallitsch

Favorite Book: "The Amboy Dukes" by Irving Shulman

"I'm not a good reader at all. I tried reading The Bible, it's a very good book. I tried reading it twice, but it's very difficult and I didn't understand it too good. I'm not too educated and there are alotta big, fancy words in there that I didn't understand. I read one page and I gotta go back to remember what I just read. But there is one book I gotta say I really loved--it's called The Amboy Dukes. They made a big movie on it. It's about teenagers in the 1940s, and rock and roll, and Elvis, and pot, and sex, and a Jewish gang called The Amboy Dukes, and New York street life and all that colorful stuff."

Mark Breland

Name: Mark Breland

    Two-Time WBA Welterweight Champion
    • 5-Time New York City Welterweight Golden Gloves Champion (1980-84).
    • 1981 United States Amateur welterweight competition, lost to Darryl Anthony on points. This would be Breland's only loss as an amateur.
    • 1981 won Intercity Golden Gloves in the welterweight divison, stopped Efrain Bennett in the first.
    • 1982 United States Amateur welterweight champion.
    • 1982 World Amateur welterweight champion.
    • 1983 United States Amateur welterweight champion.
    • Olympic Welterweight Gold Medalist at the 1984 Los Angeles Olympic Games.
    • Defeated Lloyd Honeyghan (TKO 3).
    • Defeated Harold Volbrecht (TKO 7).
    • Deafeated Juan Roldan (W 10).
    • Defeated Rafael Pineda (TKO 5).
    • Pro Record: won 35 (KO 25) + lost 3 (KO 3) + drawn 1 = 39.

Favorite Book: "Mr. Untouchable by Leroy "Nicky" Barnes"

"Yeah, this is a great book. It's about the New York City drug trade--how is was done, when heroin was king of New York--before crack cocaine. I was boxing in Brooklyn during the time of the events in this book and I knew some people who ran in the same circles as Nicky Barnes. Barnes could have been the Ceo of a Fortune 500 company with his business sense, but he went down the wrong road and it cost him 30 years of his life. It was interesting to read this book and hear it straight from the inside--from people who knew the true, behind-the-scenes-story about how this guy finally fell flat on his face. Yeah, I would highly recommend this book."

Don Turner

Name: Don Turner

Favorite Book: "The Human Animal" by Phil Donahue

"As a boxing trainer, I need to understand all aspects and levels of a fighter's mind, body and spirit. What makes a fighter tick? Well, I found this book which is based upon a five-part program on human behavior, and it examines the question of why we behave as we do. The issues discussed are "Love and Sex," "Nature and Nurture," "War and Violence," Woman and Man," and "Family and Survival." I might be a boxing expert, but this book contains contributions by more than 50 experts in anthropology, psychiatry, education, sexual therapy, primate research, biology, and linguistics. I read the book, listen to them, and I've become a better trainer for my fighters."

Juan Laporte

Name: Juan Laporte

    WBC Featherweight Champion, 1982-84 (Preceded by Salvador Sanchez)
    • NABF Super Featherweight Champion, defeating Bruno Rabanales.
    • 112lb New York City Golden Gloves Sub-Novice Champion, 1976.
    • Defeated Ruben Castillo (UD 12).
    • Defeated Rocky Lockridge (KO 2).
    • won 40 (KO 22) + lost 17 (KO 1) + drawn 0 = 57

    Favorite Book: "Down These Mean Streets" by Piri Thomas

    "It was really lucky I find this book. It spoke to me. It's about machismo, and racial identity, and Spanish Harlem, and fighting. I coulda been one of the characters in this book! I shoulda read it in high school when it was assigned, but I never did. Crazy me. Now I've read it about 100 times! It's honest and powerful. Nah, I never was a big reader, but this was good stuff."

Pete "The Hebrew Hammer" Brodsky

Name: Pete "The Hebrew Hammer" Brodsky

Favorite Book: "Only the Ring Was Square" by Teddy Brenner

"Teddy Brenner's book had a huge impact upon me. I was a young guy just finishing up a successful amateur career and I was starting out as a pro. I picked up this book and reading it set me straight. Yeah, it opened my eyes to what I was getting myself into. At that time, Brenner was the man in New York. He was the matchmaker at Madison Square Garden, he knew people, and he was very influential. Go read this book. You gotta read this book!"

Michael Katz

Name: Michael Katz

Favorite Book: "The Sweet Science" by A.J. Liebling

"Anything written by A.J. Liebling must be included in any boxing literary hall of fame, as should Ring Lardner's White Hopes and Other Tigers. I like reading anything written by Pat Putnam. Bill Heinz's The Professional was my favorite boxing novel; it's the most evocative book of the game."

Jimmy "The Cat" Dupree

Name: Jimmy "The Cat" Dupree

    Lost in 1971 to Vincent Rondon, in bid for WBA Light Heavyweight Title
    • Defeated Eddie "Bossman" Jones.
    • Defeated Bobby Cassidy.
    • Defeated Karl Zurheide.
    • Defeated Johnny Persol.
    • Inducted into the New Jersey Boxing Hall of Fame.
    • Won 39 (KOs 23) Lost 10 Drawn 4 Total 53

Favorite Book: "Heroes Without A Country" by Donald Mcrae

"When I was a little kid growing up in Millersville, South Carolina I loved listening to Joe Louis fight on the radio. I grew up wanting to be just like him--the great Joe Louis. So I read up on him. Later on, I met Louis in Las Vegas & in The Catskills, where I was training. He showed me his favorite combinations and encouraged me. He was a great guy."

"Big" George Mitchell

Name: "Big" George Mitchell

    Legendary Cut man/Mentor
    • Former Director of Boxing for the New York State Athletic Commission, 2000-2002.
    • U.S.A. certified boxing instructor since 1998, working with the youth.
    • Has worked about 1000 pro boxing fight corners.

    Favorite Book: "2001: A Space Odyssey" by Arthur C. Clarke

    "I remember one day driving home from work. I was so eager to get back reading this book, I just stopped on the side of the road, The Belt Parkway, in Brooklyn. I opened it up and started reading. The book hypnotized me. It simply had the power to transform the world around me. After I finished reading it, I was pretty sad. (Another great book I read was Centenial!)"

Brian Adams

Name: Brian Adams

Favorite Book: "The Firm" by John Grisham

"I'm a big John Grisham fan. It's excellent writing. If Grisham were a boxer, he'd be a Sugar Ray Leonard--smooth & skilled. It was a good movie but a great book. I've read all of Grisham's books."

"Dangerous" Deirdre Gogarty

Name: "Dangerous" Deirdre Gogarty

    Undisputed WIBF World Featherweight Champion

    Favorite Book: "Atlas, From The Streets To The Ring" by Teddy Atlas

    "This book was fascinating and deeply revealing. Atlas really gets down to the nitty-gritty of his personal life, including some jaw-dropping shockers. His book is also an excellent study in boxer's psychology."

Beau Williford

Name: Beau Williford

    Durable & Rough Pro Heavyweight

    Favorite Book: "Jack Dempsey, by the Man Himself"

    "My favorite book is a book about Jack Dempsey. I checked it out of the library at Westlawn Elementary School for the first time in the fourth grade and continued to check it out regularly."

    "In Fayetteville, N.C. Mrs. Williams was the librarian and she would often tell me that boxing had been the most popular sport in her high school and that all the boys admired Jack Dempsey."

Shannon "The Cannon" Briggs

Name: Shannon "The Cannon" Briggs

    WBO Heavyweight Champion, 4 November 2006– 2 Jun 2007
    • Briggs defeated George Foreman for the lineal world heavyweight championship.
    • Briggs has earned 27 first round knockouts--the most of any other heavyweight champion.
    • Defeated Serguei Lyakhovich (TKO 12).
    • Defeated Ray Mercer (KO 7).
    • United States Amateur Heavyweight Champion, 1992.
    • New York City Golden Goves champion.
    • New York State Champion.
    • National P.A.L. Champion.
    • Finished second place as a Heavyweight at the Panamerican Games in 1991, losing the final to Felix Savon.
    • won 48 (KO 42) + lost 5 (KO 2) + drawn 1 = 54

    Favorite Book: "All God's Children" by Fox Butterfield

    "My favorite book is "All God's Children" by Fox Butterfield. Great book!!! I've given it to five different people. They all loved it. I read it a lot and many different books, but that book blew me away."

Billy Costello

Name: Billy Costello

    WBC Light Welterweight Champ 1984-85
    • Won the 1978 135lb NYC Golden Gloves Open Championship.
    • Defeated Bruce Curry (TKO 10).
    • Defeated Ronnie Shields UD 12.
    • Defeated Saoul Mamby UD 12.
    • Defeated Leroy Haley UD 12.
    • Defeated Juan LaPorte (SD 10).
    • won 40 (KO 23) + lost 2 (KO 2) + drawn 0 = 42

    Favorite Book: "Super Size Your Faith" by Dennis Tinerino

    "After "Black Lights", (a book about me), my favorite book is the true story about a man who escaped poverty and violence in the Brooklyn projects to reach the pinnacle of bodybuilding. It's a very inspiring read."

Tommy Brooks

Name: Tommy Brooks

    Tommy Brooks has a reported career record of 7-3.
    • As an amateur he was the 1975 National AAU Middleweight champion.
    • After his boxing career he became a trainer.
    • Fighters Trained: Evander Holyfield, Mike Tyson, Courage Tshabalala,
    • Michael Grant,Larry Donald, Vitali Klitschko,
    • Wladimir Klitschko, Vassiliy Jirov, Mike McCallum,
    • Johnny Bumphus, Meldrick Taylor,,Charles Murray,
    • Freddie Pendleton, Rocky Lockridge, Junior Jones,
    • David Sears, Shaun George, Yuri Foreman.

    Favorite Book: The Bible

    "My favorite book? The Bible. You can't go wrong with The Bible. It never goes out of fashion. I wish more of my fighters read it."

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