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

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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!

Steve Farhood

Name: Steve Farhood

    Former editor-in-chief of "The Ring (magazine)" and "KO Magazine".
    • Former First Vice President of the Boxing Writers' Association of America.
    • Analyst for ESPN, CNN, SportsChannel and USA Network's "Tuesday Night Fights".
    • Commentator on Showtime's ShoBox: The New Generation.
    • In 2002 won the Sam Taub Award, which is given for "Excellence in Broadcasting Journalism".

Favorite Book: The Sound and the Fury

"The best book I've ever read was The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner. In fact, I read it in college--twice. With the help of my college professor I was able to get so much more meaning and nuance out of it. Let's face it, Faulkner is difficult. But sticking with it, and re-visiting it a second time, was such a gratifying experience."

Nick Charles

Name: Nick Charles

    Award-winning sportscaster and journalist
    • The first sports anchor for CNN in 1980.
    • He co-hosted CNN Sports Tonight with Fred Hickman.
    • Since 2001, Charles has been the host of Showtime's ShoBox.
    • He also hosts Boxing on Versus, a sports network.
    • Nick won the Boxing Writer's Association 2007 Broadcaster award.
    • Former CYO boxer in Chicago.

Favorite Book: The Ox-Bow Incident

"Choose a favorite book? That’s impossible! There’s so many…The morality of "The Ox-Bow Incident". The stark reality of “The Professional" by W. C. Heinz. The power of "Crime and Punishment". The beauty of “Madame Bovary". The brilliance of "The Age of Innocence". Don’t forget "Death Comes for the Archbishop". Okay, choose one… "The Ox-Bow Incident". Just read the preface—that alone is transcendent."

Kelsey "The Road Warrior" Jeffries

Name: Kelsey "The Road Warrior" Jeffries

    Won the California Golden Gloves title from 1997 to 1999.

    Favorite Book: "Sweetness: The Courage and Heart of Walter Payton" Tom Fantle & Tom Johnson

    "Walter Payton was a remarkable individual and a true role-model. He was a short, tough, never-give-up type of guy. He was a good-hearted man."

Carl "The Truth" Williams

Name: Carl "The Truth" Williams

    USBA Heavyweight Champion, defeating Bert Cooper (TKO 8) Held title for 4 years
    • Won two New York Golden Gloves Championships--the 1980 Sub-Novice Heavyweight Championship & the 1981 Heavyweight Open Championship.
    • Lost to Mike Tyson (KO 1) for WBC, WBA & IBF heavyweight titles.
    • Defeated Ossie Ocasio (D 10).
    • Defeated Trevor Berbick (D 10).
    • Defeated James Tillis (D 10).
    • Defeated Jesse Ferguson (TKO 10).
    • won 30 (KO 21) + lost 10 (KO 5) + drawn 0 = 41

Favorite Book: "By Any Means Necessary" by Malcolm X

"Sure, Malcolm can be divisive, but I don't take him that way. I take him to say, "Be a better man, better father, better community person." I took the positive out of this book. The divisive stuff never appealed to me. Nah, I never fell for that negative crap. His words, to me, were about moving forward. This book is a brilliant collection of writings and speeches that deals with the last year of his life and it contains some really interesting material. One thing I liked best is Malcolm saying: "Speak the language that they understand and there will be some understanding, because you can't ever reach a man if you don't speak his language." Yeah, I really like that. This book changed my thinking pattern and helped me move forward."

Jill Emery

Name: Jill Emery

    IFBA International Female Boxing Association Welterweight Champion
    • Unprecedented Four-Time NY Golden Gloves Champion from 2000 to 2003.
    • Women’s World Boxing Tournament Champion.
    • Attended Bucknell University.
    • Captured the following USA Boxing titles: National Golden Glove Champion in 1999; Three time USA Boxing National Champion – 2000, 2001, 2003; Feenix Cup in Turku. Finland, 2000.
    • In 2001, Emery won the first ever Female Pan American Games.
    • In 2001, qualified to represent Team USA in the first Women’s World Championships in Scranton, Pennsylvania.
    • Won the National PAL Tournament and “Outstanding Boxer” trophy in 2002.
    • Represented Team USA in the first Female Boxing Russian-American Dual in Moscow.
    • Won the gold medal in the Female World Cup in Tonsberg, Norway 2004 and received the “Outstanding Boxer of North America” Award.
    • She is still the only American to win a gold medal in the Ahmet Comert Tournament in Istanbul, Turkey.
    • Pro Record: won 9 (KO 3) + lost 2 (KO 0) + drawn 0 = 11

Favorite Book: "The Power of One" by Bryce Courtenay

"This is an inspirational read. It's also an historically informative saga about the dire political struggles inherent within South Africa. On another level, this book is about personal struggle--about a young boy and his life-long dream, his personal journey, to become a champion. This book makes us realize that it's an honor to have a dream, no matter how difficult, because our dream enriches our life and makes it more meaningful."

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