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!

Gary Russell, Jr.

Name: Gary Russell, Jr.

    2008 U.S. Olympian (in Beijing)
    • Two-time National Champion.
    • 2006 National PAL Champion.
    • 2005 World Championships Bronze Medalist.
    • 2005 Golden Gloves Champion.
    • 2005 USA Boxing Athlete of the Year.
    • 2004 Junior Olympic National Champion.

Favorite Book: "The Coldest Winter Ever" by Sister Souljah

"Sister Souljah's book is a tell-all story from a teenage girl's point-of-view. From the drug life in the city to the privileged life. It's a story that took me on a journey that I will never forget."

Raynell Williams

Name: Raynell Williams

Favorite Book: "Harry Potter" by J.K. Rowling

"Harry Potter was exciting reading! I like it all--the witches, the demons, the gnomes and the monsters. Of course, I like the heroes, too. Oh, yeah, there's another book I really liked--"Shiloh". It's about a poor, mistreated dog and a boy who saves him."

Sadam Ali

Name: Sadam Ali

    2008 U.S. Olympian (in Beijing)
    • 2007 National Golden Gloves Champion.
    • 2006 National Golden Gloves Champion.
    • 2005 Junior Olympic National Champion.
    • First Arab-American boxer to compete in the Olympic Games.

Favorite Book: "Champion: The Story of Muhammad Ali" by Jim Haskins

"My favorite fighter is Muhammad Ali, so anything about Ali I like to read."

Javier Molina

Name: Javier Molina

    2008 U.S. Olympian (in Beijing)
    • 2007 National Champion.
    • 2006 Junior Olypmic National Champion.
    • 2006 Cadet World Championships Bronze Medalist.
    • Is an honor student.

Favorite Book: "The Adventures of Indiana Jones" by Campbell Black, James Kahn & Rob Macgregor

"If Indiana Jones was a fighter, man, he'd be the heavyweight champ of the world! He can knockout any snake or bad guy you put in front of him!"

Demetrius "Boo Boo" Andrade

Name: Demetrius "Boo Boo" Andrade

    2008 U.S. Olympian (in Beijing)

    Favorite Book: "Real Adventures of Johnny Quest" by Brad Quentin

    "Adventure stories interest me. Every time I get into the ring it's an adventure--and I'm the hero!"

Shawn Estrada

Name: Shawn Estrada

Favorite Book: "The Lord of the Rings" by J.R.R. Tolkien

"I liked "Lord of the Rings". But I also like reading stuff by Steinbeck. You know what else I like? Action and adventure. I like reading some of Stephen King's stuff, too."

Deontay Wilder

Name: Deontay Wilder

Favorite Book: Iron Mike: A Mike Tyson Reader by Daniel O'Conner

"I vow to read more. But I like reading about Mike Tyson. He's an interesting guy."

Harry Keitt

Name: Harry Keitt

    Veteran New York City trainer
    • Main character in the award-winning documentary film "On the Ropes".
    • Trained James Moore.
    • Trained Dmitry Salita.
    • Trained James Walton.

Favorite Book: "Angels & Demons" by Dan Brown

"Someone suggested this book and once I started reading it, I couldn't put it down. Loved it. But the ending was disapointing. It was like Beyonce and Jennifer Lopez inviting you home after a date, and just when you think you got it made, they slam the door in your face."

Melissa "Huracan" Hernandez

Name: Melissa "Huracan" Hernandez

    Won vacant WIBA Women's International Boxing Association Super Bantamweight title
    • Won Global Boxing Union Female Lightweight Title.
    • Defeated Lisa Brown (W 10).
    • Defeated Layla McCarter (MD 8).
    • Defeated Melissa Fiorentino (TKO 3).
    • Won the 2004 National PAL Boxing Championships in Virginia Beach, Virginia, Melissa won the 132-lb division.
    • Won the 2005 NYC Golden Gloves.
    • Won the 2005 Florida PAL Championship over Lena Taylor.
    • won 8 (KO 3) + lost 1 (KO 1) + drawn 2 = 11

Favorite Book: "Natural Born Killers" by John August

"I liked this book because of the unity of the two characters, Mickey And Mallory. It's the screenplay for Oliver Stone's film. It's a strange story about two lovers, Mickey & Mallory, on their honeymoon. They ended up killing 48 people. Even though this book is a bit dirty and nasty, I liked the fact that they worked together as a team. Unity and teamwork--you don't see much of that anymore."

Bob Jackson

Name: Bob Jackson

    Legendary boxing trainer and member of the Boxing Hall of Fame
    • Jackson trains out of Gleason's Gym in Brooklyn, New York.
    • He has trained successful boxers for more than fifty years.
    • His charges have included heavyweight world title contender Oleg Maskaev.
    • Former world bantamweight and super-bantamweight champ Junior Jones.
    • Former heavyweight contender Chuck Wepner.
    • Former USBA junior welterweight champ Raul Frank.
    • Numerous other pro contenders and Golden Gloves champs.

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

    "A Clenched Fist" is a fantastic, one-in-a-million type book because it explains in a very graphic & colorful way, what it's like to enter & fight in The New York City Golden Gloves. "Fist" is a real eye-opener. I loved it."

Alvin "Blue" Lewis

Name: Alvin "Blue" Lewis

    Heavyweight Contender in 1960s-70s
    • Defeated Dick Wipperman (W 10).
    • Defeated Eduardo Corletti (KO 2).
    • Defeated Cleveland Williams (TKO 4).
    • Lost to Muhammad Ali in Ireland (TKO 11).
    • won 30 (KO 19) + lost 6 (KO 3) + drawn 0 = 36

Favorite Book: "The Life and Strife of Sonny Liston" by Robert Steen

"I read this book when I was in jail. I took knowledge and strength from reading it. Sonny's life was hard, like mine."

George "Blaze" Walton

Name: George "Blaze" Walton

    Rugged New York Middleweight
    • Subject of the 1999 Academy Award nominated documentary “On the Ropes”.
    • Defeated Carl Daniels (w 6).
    • Amassed an impressive 59-8 Amateur Record.
    • 1996 Golden Gloves Open Middleweight Champion.
    • won 17 (KO 11) + lost 3 (KO 0) + drawn 0 = 20

Favorite Book: "The Cat in the Hat" by Dr. Suess

"What's my favorite book? I don't know...The Bible? Nah, that don't count...Ok, one of the Dr. Seuss books."

Mitch "Blood" Green

Name: Mitch "Blood" Green

    World Boxing Syndicate Champion (a sanctioning body founded in 2002)

    Favorite Book: The Bible

    "When I need inspiration, I turn to The Bible. It's helped me through some dark times. And, believe me, there's been many dark times."

Wayne Kelly

Name: Wayne Kelly

    American (New York-based) boxing referee
    • Third Man for countless matches: Klitschko Brothers; Arturo Gatti.
    • Riddick Bowe; Andrew Golata; Ray Mercer; Chris Byrd; John Ruiz.
    • Junior Jones...
    • Grandson of boxer "Harlem" Eddie Kelly.
    • Had a brief pro boxing career as a Light Heavyweight between 1975 and 1979.
    • Pro record:4 (KO 3) + lost 3 (KO 0) + drawn 0 = 7

Favorite Book: "Up Country" by Nelson DeMille

"Nelson DeMille is without question my favorite contemporary author. (Ernest Hemingway is my all time favorite. They both have a vivid imagination and an unusual sense of humor.) DeMille's characters tend to be tough guys with attitute problems. I get a laugh out of the humor and quick wit in these books. "Up Country" by Nelson DeMille is a perfect example. It's a story about a retired military police officer who investigates a 30-year-old murder of an army officer in Vietnam. This guy suspects there's more to it than meets the eye, and can't resist the opportunity for a nostalgic trip back to 'Nam at the expense of the U.S. Government."

Ron Ross

Name: Ron Ross

    Boxing Author
    • Author of "Bummy Davis VS. Murder, Inc".
    • Author of "The Tomato Can".
    • Author of "Nine ... Ten ... And Out! The Two Worlds of Emile Griffith".
    • Former fight promoter and manager.
    • Member of the Boxing Writers Association of America.
    • Inducted into the Long Island Jewish Hall of Fame.

Favorite Book: "A Stone for Danny Fisher" by Harold Robbins

"Harold Robbins is a master story-teller. I identified with the main character in this book, and the New York setting--East Flatbush, Brooklyn--my old stomping grounds. Robbins' writing is dead on and recently I re-read it. And you know what? It's still a great read."

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