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!

Carlos Ortiz

Name: Carlos Ortiz

    Lightweight Champ & Jr. Welterweight Champ
    • Defeated Sugar Ramos (2x) (TKO 4) & (TKO 5).
    • Defeated Ismael Laguna (2x) (D 15) & (D 15).
    • Defeated Flash Elorde (TKO 14).
    • Defeated Joe Brown (D 15).
    • Defeated Duilio Loi (SD 15).
    • Defeated Battling Torres (KO 5).
    • Defeated Dave Charnley (SD 15).
    • Defeated won 61 (KO 30) + lost 7 (KO 1) + drawn 1 = 70
  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1oqxelN2SF8

Favorite Book: "Superman"

"I was a kid of the streets so I didn't read much, but I always loved reading Superman. He was in the papers and every day I looked forward to reading that comic strip."

Bob Foster

Name: Bob Foster

    WBC & WBA Light Heavyweight Champion
    • Defeated Chris Finnegan (KO 14).
    • Defeated Hal Carroll (KO 4).
    • Defeated Mike Quarry (KO 4).
    • Defeated Mark Tessman (TKO 10).
    • Defeated Roger Rouse (TKO 4).
    • Defeated Andy Kendall (TKO 4).
    • Defeated Dick Tiger (KO 4).
    • Defeated Eddie Cotton (KO 3).
    • Defeated Henry Hank (2X0 (TKO 9) & (D 10).
    • Defeated Willi Besmanoff (KO 3).
    • Declared the #10 "Greatest Puncher of All-Time" by the September 1997 The Ring.
    • won 56 (KO 46) + lost 8 (KO 6) + drawn 1 = 65

      Favorite Book: Ring Magazine

      "I remember always being drawn to boxing books in my youth, but I have to say my favorite read was always The Ring Magazine, so that I could see where I was ranked."

Glenn McCrory

Name: Glenn McCrory

Favorite Book: "Give Him to the Angels" by James Fair

"The first book I ever read as a child, "Give Him to the Angels", is the life story of the toughest fighter to ever climb into a ring--Harry Greb. This book certainly inspired me. After that, "Bird Song" by Sebastian Faults is a must read."

Chuck Wepner -- "The Bayonne Bleeder"

Name: Chuck Wepner -- "The Bayonne Bleeder"

    Rugged Heavyweight Contender
    • The New Jersey State Heavyweight Champ (1969-71).
    • Wepner won the 1964 New York Golden Gloves Heavyweight Sub-Novice Championship.
    • Defeated Roberto Davila (MD 10).
    • Defeated Pedro Agosto (W 10).
    • Defeated Randy Neuman (2x) (W 12) & (TKO 7).
    • Defeated Ernie Terrell (W 12).
    • Defeated Manuel Ramos (W 10).
    • Served as an inspiration for the Academy Award winning movie "Rocky".
    • won 35 (KO 17) + lost 14 (KO 9) + drawn 2 = 51
  • http://wepner.homestead.com/

Favorite Book: "To Kill a Mockingbird" by Harper Lee

"I liked this book. But I got to admit, I never really finished reading it."

Pete Spanakos

Name: Pete Spanakos

  • Four-time NYC Golden Gloves Champion.
  • Won 10 Golden Gloves titles throughout America.
  • 1959 Pan-American Games Medalist.
  • Engaged in over 200 bouts.
  • B.A, J.D.
  • Elected to The athletic HOF in Hollywood, FLA.
  • http://www.thesweetscience.com/boxing-article/2357/pete-spanakos-was-diddly-bopper/

    Favorite Book: "A Clenched Fist—The Making of a Golden Gloves Champion" by Peter Wood

    "I liked this book a lot. It is a genuine classic about amateur boxing. The author, a former boxer, gets into the head of a fighter. He tells a great, great story."

  • Nick Spanakos

    Name: Nick Spanakos

    Favorite Book: "Mani" by Patrick Leigh Fermor

    "This beautiful book is about the part of Greece my proud, immigrant mother and father came from."

    Maureen "The Real Million Dollar Baby" Shea

    Name: Maureen "The Real Million Dollar Baby" Shea

      Promising NYC Featherweight

      Favorite Book: "The Iliad" by Homer

      "The Iliad" and "The Odyssey" are about adventure. We are all on our own adventures--it's called "life". You know, I often read in the dressing room before a fight. It relieves tension."

    Wayne "The Pocket Rocket" McCullough

    Name: Wayne "The Pocket Rocket" McCullough

      Belfast-Born Wayne McCullough is a former WBC Bantamweight Champion & NABF Bantamweight Champion
      • Defeated Victor Rabanales (W 12).
      • Defeated Yasuei Yakashiji (SD 12).
      • Defeated Johnny Brendahl (TKO 8).
      • Defeated Jerome Coffee (RTD 5).
      • Amateur Highlights:
      • In 1988 represented Ireland as a Light Flyweight at Seoul Olympic Games.
      • In 1990 was Gold Medalist at Flyweight at Commonwealth Games in Auckland, New Zealand.
      • In 1992 won the Silver medal representing Ireland as a Bantamweight at the Barcelona Olympic Games.
      • won 27 (KO 18) + lost 7 (KO 2) + drawn 0 = 34
    • http://www.pocketrocketbox.com/

    Favorite Book: The Bible

    "I find great wisdom and soul within "The Bible". "The Bible" is The Heavyweight Champion of books."

    Lou Savarese

    Name: Lou Savarese

      Vacant IBA Continental Heavyweight Champion; International Boxing Association Heavyweight Champion & WBO Inter-Continental Heavyweight Champion
      • Savarese won two New York Golden Gloves Championships: the 1985 Super-Heavyweight Novice Championship & the 1986 Super-Heavyweight Open Championship.
      • Defeated Tim Witherspoon (TKO 5).
      • Defeated David Bostice (D 12).
      • Defeated Lance Whitaker (SD 10).
      • Defeated James "Buster" Douglas (KO 1).
      • Buster Mathis Jr. (TKO 7).
      • won 46 (KO 38) + lost 7 (KO 3) + drawn 0 = 53
    • http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lou_Savarese

    Favorite Book: "The Way of the Peaceful Warrior" by Dan Millman

    "This is a challenging book. It has many life lessons. It made me think and re-evaluate my life. Reading "The Way of the Peaceful Warrior" has made me a stronger person. This, no doubt, is my favorite book."

    Tracy Harris Patterson

    Name: Tracy Harris Patterson

      WBC Super-Bantamweight Champion & IBF Super-Featherweight Champion
      • Won two New York Golden Gloves Championships: the 1984 119lb Open Championship & the 1985 125lb Open Championship.
      • Adopted son of former two-time heavyweight champion Floyd Patterson.
      • Defeated Kenny Mitchell (TKO 8).
      • Defeated Thierry Jacob (TKO 2).
      • Defeated Daniel Zaragoza (TKO 7).
      • Defeated Jesse Benavides (W 12).
      • Defeated Eddie Hopson (TKO 2).
      • won 63 (KO 43) + lost 8 (KO 1) + drawn 2 = 73
    • http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tracy_Harris_Patterson

    Favorite Book: "The Cat in the Hat" by Doctor Seuss

    "Hey, Who doesn't like "The Cat in the Hat"?

    Junior "Poison" Jones

    Name: Junior "Poison" Jones

      WBA Bantamweight Champion, IBC Super-Bantamweight Champion & WBO Super Bantamweight Champion
      • Junior Jones won two New York Golden Gloves Championships: the 1988 119lb Novice Championship & the 1989 119lb Open Championship.
      • Defeated Dadoy Andujar (TKO 9).
      • Defeated Edwin Rangel (TKO 7).
      • Defeated Francisco Alvarez (TKO 12).
      • Defeated Marco Antonio Barrera (2x) (DQ 5) & (D 12).
      • Defeated Tracy Harris Patterson (MD 10).
      • won 50 (KO 28) + lost 6 (KO 5) + drawn 0 = 56
    • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v2cm4_BOtpo

    Favorite Book: "Curious George" by Hans Augusto Rey

    ""Curious George" was the bomb! I loved that little monkey!"

    Ken Norton

    Name: Ken Norton

      NABF Heavyweight Champion
      http://www.kennorton.com/
      • Defeated Muhammad Ali (SD 12).
      • Defeated James J. Woody (W10).
      • Defeated Boone Kirkman (RTD 7).
      • Defeated Pedro Lovell (KO 5).
      • Defeated Jerry Quarry (TKO 5).
      • Defeated Henry Clark (KO 9).
      • Defeated Larry Middleton (TKO 10).
      • Defeated Duane Bobick (TKO 1).
      • Defeated Jimmy Young (SD 15).
      • Defeated Randy "Tex" Cobb (SD 10).
      • Inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 1992.
      • "Ring" magazine ranked Norton # 22 in "The 50 Greatest Heavyweights of All Time."
      • Received the Napoleon Hill Award for positive thinking.
      • Received the Boxing Writers Association of America J. Niel Trophy for "Fighter of the Year" in 1977.
      • Acted in motion pictures following his retirement from boxing.
      • Was twice voted "Father of the Year" by the Los Angeles Sentinel and the Los Angeles Times.
      • Ken Norton Jr., became a star linebacker in the NFL, winning Super Bowl rings with the Dallas Cowboys and the San Francisco 49ers.
      • The character of "Apollo Creed" in the Rocky movie was initially going to be played by Norton. However, Carl Weathers was selected. 2004 Inductee into the United States Marine Corps Sports Hall of Fame.
      • Inducted into the World Boxing Hall of Fame in 1989.
      • won 42 (KO 33) + lost 7 (KO 4) + drawn 1 = 50
    • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hHSTSh-ypcw

    Favorite Book: "Think and Grow Rich" by Napoleon Hill

    John "The Ice Man" Scully

    Name: John "The Ice Man" Scully

      Light Heavyweight contender during the 1990s
      • Lost his title bids to Michael Nunn, Henry Maske, Drake Thadzi & Tim Littles.
      • Amateur Hightlights:
      • 1984 Connecticut A.A.U. 156lb. Champion.
      • 1985 Connecticut A.A.U. 165lb. Champion.
      • 1986 Connecticut A.A.U. 165lb. Champion.
      • 1985 Western Mass. Golden Gloves 165lb. Champion.
      • 1986 Western Mass. Golden Gloves 165lb. Champion.
      • 1987 Western Mass. Golden Gloves 165lb. Champion.
      • 1987 W.M.G.G. "Most Outstanding Boxer" Award.
      • 1988 Western Mass. Golden Gloves 165lb. Champion.
      • 1986 New England Golden Gloves 165. Champion.
      • 1987 New England Golden Gloves 165. Champion.
      • 1988 New England Golden Gloves 165. Champion.
      • 1986 National Golden Gloves 165lb. Quarterfinalist.
      • 1987 National Golden Gloves 165lb. Runner-up.
      • 1988 National Golden Gloves 165lb. Runner-up.
      • 1986 National P.A.L. 165lb. Runner-up.
      • 1987 National P.A.L. 165lb. Champion.
      • 1987 Ohio State Fair 165lb. Champion.
      • 1988 International Dual Meet Winner. (W dec. Otis Grant).
      • 1988 New England Diamond Belt 165lb. Champion.
      • 1988 Eastern U.S. Olympic Trials 165lb.Champion.
      • 1988 Eastern U.S. Olympic Trials "Most Outstanding Boxer" Award.
      • 1988 U.S. Olympic Trials 165lb. Bronze Medalist.
      • Currently a boxing trainer in his native Hartford, CT.
      • Professional Record:won 38 (KO 21) + lost 11 (KO 1) + drawn 0 = 49.
    • http://www.icemanjohnscully.com/

    Favorite Book: "The Greatest—My Own Story by Muhammad Ali" (With Richard Durham)

    "The book that influenced me the most was, "The Greatest" by Muhammad Ali. I read that book many times over from the time I was eleven years old and from that I decided that if a man as great as Ali didn't drink, smoke or do drugs then I wouldn't either and here I am at age 40 and I have still never even tasted one drop of alcohol, never smoked a cigarette and I ‘have certainly never done an illegal drug, either."

    Randy Neuman

    Name: Randy Neuman

      Promising heavyweight prospect during the early 1970s
      • Best remembered for his 3 wars with local rival Chuck Wepner.
      • Was leading on points before being stopped by Jerry Quarry.
      • Defeated Boone Kirkman (D 10).
      • Defeated Billy Aird (TKO 10).
      • Defeated Jimmy Young (D 10).
      • Neumann has become one of boxing's best-known referees.
      • Posed for Play-Girl Magazine. won 31 (KO 11) + lost 7 (KO 5) + drawn 0 = 38
      • http://www.boxrec.com/media/index.php/Randy_Neumann

      Favorite Book: "The Italians" by Luigi Barzini

      "This is a fascinating and funny book about a people and a culture."

    Kelly "The Ghost" Pavlik

    Name: Kelly "The Ghost" Pavlik

      WBC Middleweight Champion, WBO Middleweight Champion & NABF Middleweight Champion
      • Defeated Jermain Taylor (2x) (W 12) & (TKO 7).
      • Defeated Gary Lockett (TKO 3).
      • Defeated Edison Miranda (TKO 7).
      • Defeated Bronko McKart (TKO 6).
      • Amateur Highlights:
      • 1999 U.S. National Under-19 amateur champion, 147 pounds?
      • 1998 National Jr. Golden Gloves amateur champion, 147 pounds?
      • 1998 National Jr. PAL amateur champion, 147 pounds.
      • won 34 (KO 30) + lost 0 (KO 0) + drawn 0 = 34
      • http://www.teampavlik.com/

      Favorite Book: "The Outsiders" by H. E. Hinton

      "In school I read this book. Around here, in Youngstown, Ohio, it's like mandatory reading in the schools. I didn't mind--I actually liked it."

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