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!

Lou Duva

Name: Lou Duva

    Hall of Fame Boxing Trainer & Manager
    • Fighters managed:
    • Rocky Lockridge.
    • Johnny Bumphus.
    • Zab Judah.
    • Andrew Golota.
    • Meldrick Taylor.
    • Vinny Pazienza.
    • Pernell Whitaker.
    • Mark Breland.
    • Evander Holyfield.
    • Duva's Professional Record:won 5 (KO 0) + lost 7 (KO 1) + drawn 1 = 13.

Favorite Book: "The Professional" by W. C. Heinz

"The only thing more important to me than boxing, is my family, my grandkids.... I do it all for them. But reading is up there, too. This book by W.C. Heinz I love because it has the ring of truth to it--no pun intended!"

Seamus McDonagh

Name: Seamus McDonagh

Favorite Book: "Sting Like a Bee" by Jose Torres

"Reading about Muhammad Ali inspired me as a young fighter coming up. Even today, as an aspiring actor, I'm still inspired by Ali's grace, confidence and wit."

Gerry Cooney

Name: Gerry Cooney

    Thunderous-Punching Heavyweight Contender
    • Lost to Larry Holmes for WBC Title in 1982 (TKO 13).
    • Lost to George Foreman (TKO 2); Michael Spinks (TKO 5).
    • Beat Ken Norton (KO 1).
    • Beat Ron Lyle (KO 1).
    • Beat Jimmy Young (TKO 4).
    • Beat John "Dino" Dennis (TKO 3).
    • NYC Two-Time Golden Gloves Champion.
    • won 28 (KO 24) + lost 3 (KO 3) + drawn 0 = 31

    Favorite Book: "The Harder They Fall" by Jane Merrill

    "A memorable book! In "The Harder They Fall," publicist Gary Stromberg and author Jane Merrill write stories about twenty-one celebrities and their experiences with addictions. My story is in there, too. Stromberg begins with his own story about how he got addicted and how hard he had to hit bottom before he could climb up on top again. It's a must read."

Mark "River" McPherson

Name: Mark "River" McPherson

Favorite Book: "The Catcher in the Rye" by J.D. Salinger

"I like the male character--Holden Caufield. He's a quirky kind of guy, but he's a fascinating kid and the book stays with you. This book is a great American classic."

Dennis "The Magician" Milton

Name: Dennis "The Magician" Milton

    4-Time NYC Golden Gloves Champion
    • Slick Middleweight Contender.
    • Defeated Frank Tate.
    • Defeated Michael Olajide.
    • Defeated Gerald McClelland.
    • Defeated Robbie Sims.
    • won 16 (KO 5) + lost 5 (KO 4) + drawn 1 = 22

Favorite Book: The Quran

"The book I've enjoyed the most is The Holy Quran. It's a book of wisdom, beauty and power. I recommend it to everyone!"

Dmitriy "Star of David" Salita

Name: Dmitriy "Star of David" Salita

    A sensational NYC welterweight prospect
    • 2001 NYC Golden Gloves Champion
    • won 28 (KO 16) + lost 0 (KO 0) + drawn 1 = 29

Favorite Book: "No Man Stands Alone" by Barney Ross

"I like reading books about history, historical individuals, and watching boxing movies. My favorite book is No Man Stands Alone about the great Jewish fighter Barney Ross. My favorite food is sushi, pizza, and chocolate or strawberry ice cream on a cone."

"If you are going to read one book on Judaism, read “This is My G-d” by Herman Wouk. I love this book. ( I got to meet Mr. Wouk in Palm Springs when I was out there training. He is a gentleman and a scholar. And an awesome writer.) "102 Minutes" is also an excellent book about what happened inside the Twin Towers from when the first plane hit until the buildings came down. Beware this is a sad story, sometimes gruesome, but the heroic efforts of the people that are in the book make a tragic but uplifting story."

"Irish" Bobby Cassidy

Name: "Irish" Bobby Cassidy

    New York State Light Heavyweight Champion (1977)
    • Defeated Isaac Logart (TKO 4).
    • Defeated Don Fullmer (SD 10).
    • Defeated Jimmy Dupree (twice) (UD 10).
    • Defeated Tom Bethea (D 10).
    • Defeated Ramon Ranquello (W 10).
    • Defeated Karl Zurheide (KO 4).
    • won 59 (KO 27) + lost 16 (KO 6) + drawn 3 = 79

Favorite Book: "The Jack Dempsey Story" by Gene Schoor

"The best book I ever read? There's no doubt about it: The Jack Dempsey Story! Nah, as a kid I wasn't much of a reader. My family didn't push me to read. But this book about a young Jack Dempsey was like a fantasy--him riding boxcars, living with hobos, and fighting in salons for money. I wanted to become a fighter after reading this book."

Paulie Malignaggi

Name: Paulie Malignaggi

Favorite Book: "From the Streets to the Ring" by Teddy Atlas

"Geez! Ya wouldn’t think it, but I read alotta good books. Let me think…The last good one I read was…Atlas’s book. Yeah, Atlas’s book!"

Bob Mladinich

Name: Bob Mladinich

    Former Pro Heavyweight
    • A retired NYPD detective.
    • In 2004 the Boxing Writers Association of America awarded him a first-place feature writing award for his story on imprisoned journeyman heavyweight Tim “Doc” Anderson.
    • Executive board member of Ring 8, the Veteran Boxers Association.
    • Author of “Lethal Embrace,” and “Hooked Up for Murder.”

Favorite Book: "Shadow Divers" by Robert Kurson

"This story grabs you by the throat from page 1 and won't let go. In 1991, two divers came across the buried remains of a German submarine just off the coast of New Jersey. Unable to identify the ship and mystified as to its origins, the two men became obsessed with learning where the U-boat came from and what brought it to the bottom of the sea."

James Moore

Name: James Moore

    Light Middleweight Contender

    Favorite Book: "Poker" by Mark Blade

    "I love poker. I love reading any book on poker. I’m pretty good at poker."

Frank Lombardi

Name: Frank Lombardi

    NYSAC Pro Boxing Judge

    Favorite Book: "The Godfather" by Mario Puzo

    "Besides being a great story, and great film, Mario Puzo really got it right with the nuances and flavor of the various Southern Italian and Sicilian dialects. What a great book!"

Herschel Jacobs

Name: Herschel Jacobs

Favorite Book: "The Fireside Book of Boxing"

"Me, I liked anything boxing. But there was one book that had all of the champions’ photographs, and one page flipped out, showing all of the heavyweight champs."

Andy Lee

Name: Andy Lee

    Middleweight Sensation
    • Represented Ireland as a Middleweight at the 2004 Olympic Games.
    • won 15 (KO 12) + lost 1 (KO 1) + drawn 0 = 16

Favorite Book: "Moon Fleet"

"This was a great adventure store about a young, poorly-treated orphan boy who, as luck would have it, stumbled upon something very rare. I won’t give it away! You have to read it yourself!"

Jonathon Banks

Name: Jonathon Banks

Favorite Book: "Brown Bomber" by Barney Nagler

"The Bible is one of my favorite books, but I also liked to read the biographies of famous sports stars when I was growing up—like Joe Louis."

Iran "The Blade" Barkley

Name: Iran "The Blade" Barkley

    WBC Middleweight Champion, WBA Light Heavyweight Champion & IBF Super Middleweight Champion
    • Defeated Thomas Hearns, (TKO 3) for the WBA Light Heavyweight Championship (1988 Upset of the Year - Ring Magazine 1992 Mar 20 – 1992 Sep 29.
    • Defeated Thomas Hearns a second time (SD 12).
    • Defeated Darrin Van Horn (TKO 2) for IBF Super Middleweight Championship. 1992 Jan 10 – 1993 Feb 13.
    • Defeated Gerrie Coetzee (TKO 10).
    • Defeated Michael Olajide (TKO 5).
    • Amateur Accomplishments:
    • 1981 New York Golden Gloves, Silver Medal (165 lbs) losing to Dennis Milton.
    • 1981 Empire State Games, Gold Medal (165 lbs).
    • 1982 Copenhagen Box Cup, Bronze Medal (165 lbs).
    • 1982 World Amateur championship in Munich, Bronze Medal (165 lbs). won 43 (KO 27) + lost 19 (KO 7) + drawn 1 = 63

Favorite Book: "The Greatest--My Own Story by: Muhammad Ali"

"There were three fighters I looked up to: Muhammad Ali, Joe Frazier and Joe Louis. I think I was a throw-back to those types of fighters. The Muhammad Ali story I really liked that book."

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