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!

Sean "Irish Jackie" Curtin

Name: Sean "Irish Jackie" Curtin

Favorite Book: "Bull-Fighter From Brooklyn: The Amazing Autobiography of Sidney Franklin " by Sidney Franklin

"My favorite book? Easy. "Bullfighter From Brooklyn". I lived in Spain with a beautiful woman of French/Spanish heritage--a Catalan--when I read this book. It's about Sidney Franklin, a Jewish man, who becomes a bullfighter. It was interesting to me that Hemingway in his book, "Death in the Afternoon" mentions Franklin, and Franklin mentions Hemingway in his autobiography. I was intrigued by the connection--and I loved bullfighting."

Doug Dewitt

Name: Doug Dewitt

    WBO World Middleweight Champion
    • ESPN Middleweight Champion.
    • USBA Middleweight Champion.
    • Member of The Screen Actors Guild (SAG) & The Actor's Equity Union (AEA).
    • Amateur Record: 35 wins/ 4 losses.
    • Professional Record: 36 wins-7 losses – 6 draws – 19 KO's

    Favorite Book: "Golden Boy" by Clifford Odetts

    "I read a lot of plays. Biographies. Even books on dinosausers, and reptiles. You'll laugh, even murder and crime books, like "The Godfather". A good book moves me--even to tears, that's okay. Like "Othello". That's powerful writing."

Yuri Foreman

Name: Yuri Foreman

    Up & Coming light middleweight

    Favorite Book: "The Talmud"

    "'The Talmud' is the sacred text by which the Jewish people have lived and survived through out the ages. But I also like reading anything by Kurt Vonnegut or Aryeh Kaplan. "Crime and Punishment", I liked that,too. I'm a reader."

"Sugar" Shane Mosley

Name: "Sugar" Shane Mosley

    • IBF Lightweight Champion, 1997 Aug 2 – 1999 Apr.
    • WBC Welterweight Champion, 2000 Jun 17 – 2002 Jan 26.
    • WBA Light Middleweight Champion, 2003 Sep 13 – 2004 Mar 13.
    • WBC Light Middleweight Champion,2003 Sep 13 – 2004 Mar 13.
    • Amateur Record: 250-16.
    • 1989 United States Amateur champion at lightweight (132 lbs).
    • 1989 World Junior Championships Silver Medalist in San Juan (132 lbs).
    • 1990 United States Amateur champion at lightweight (132 lbs).
    • 1990 Goodwill Games Bronze Medalist in Seattle (USA) (132lbs).
    • 1992 United States Amateur Champion at light welterweight (139 lbs).

Favorite Book: "Purpose-Driven Life" by Rick Warren

"The spiritual premise in "The Purpose-Driven Life" is that there are no accidents---God planned everything and everyone. Therefore, every human has a divine purpose, according to God's master plan. Like a twist on John F. Kennedy's famous inaugural address, this book could be summed up like this: "So my fellow Christians, ask not what God can do for your life plan, ask what your life can do for God's plan"."

Bruce Silverglade

Name: Bruce Silverglade

    President and owner of Gleason's Gym since 1983.
    • He has served as the president of the Metropolitan Amateur Boxing Federation.
    • Chairman of the National Junior Olympic Committee, and member of the National Selection Committee.
    • Author of "The Gleason's Gym Total Body Boxing Workout for Women A 4-Week Head-to-Toe Makeover" (With Hector Roca).

Favorite Book: "Beyond Glory: Joe Louis vs. Max Schmeling, and a "World on the Brink" by David Margolick

"This book described the era--the political and social makeup of America and Germany--leading up to the legendary heavyweight fight between Joe Louis and Max Schmeling. In those days, everyone knew the heavyweight champion in the same way that he or she knew the president, and a knockout punch could resonate deep into society at large. I loved reading this book because I love history and boxing."

Herbert G. Goldman

Name: Herbert G. Goldman

    Eminent Boxing Historian
    • Chairman of the Nominations Committee for the Boxing Hall of Fame.
    • Managing Editor of "Ring Magazine" during the 1970s & 80s.
    • Editor-In-Chief of "Boxing Illustrated", 1955-1999.
    • Author of "Al Jolson: The Legend Comes to Life", Fannie Bryce:the Original Funny Girl," & the award winning "Banjo Eyes: Eddie Cantor and the Birth of Modern Stardom". All three books published by the prestigious Oxford University Press.

Favorite Book: "Boxing's Unforgettable Fights" by Lester Bromberg with forward by Jack Dempsey

"Boxing's Unforgettable Fights" by Lester Bromberg was one of the first books about the sport I ever read--a good "appetizer" for a burgeoning boxing fan. I got to know Lester a little before he passed on. It's a nostalgic choice on my part, but a little nostalgia never hurt anyone."

Christy "The Coalminer's Daughter" Martin

Name: Christy "The Coalminer's Daughter" Martin

    Popular Female Boxing Pioneer
  • Lost to Laila Ali in her bid for IBA Super Middleweight Title (KO 4).
  • Was featured on the cover of the April 15, 1996 cover of "Sports Illustrated".
  • Received a basketball scholarship to Concord University WV, where she earned a BS in Education.
  • While at Concord she entered and won a "Tough Woman" contest.
  • won 47 (KO 31) + lost 5 (KO 1) + drawn 2 = 54

Favorite Book: "Going The Distance, the Ken Norton Story" by Marshall Terrill and Ken Norton

"I love to read books about former boxing champions--my favorite would be, "Going The Distance, the Ken Norton Story". From a boxing standpoint, I found Norton's descriptions of boxing fascinating."

Renaldo "Mister" Snipes

Name: Renaldo "Mister" Snipes

    Hard-Punching Heavyweight Contender
    • Fought 7 World Champions:
    • Orlin Norris, NABF Heavyweight Title (L-12).
    • Greg Page, WBA Heavyweight Title (L-10).
    • Trevor Berbick, WBC Champion (W-10).
    • Tim Witherspoon, WBC & WBA Champion (L-10).
    • Larry Holmes, WBC & IBF Heavyweight Champ, (TKO-L 10).
    • Gerrie Coetzee, WBA Champion, (W-SD 10).
    • Eddie Mustapha Muhammad, WBA Light Heavyweight Champ, (W-SD 10).
    • Two-time Chicago Golden Glove Champion (1977,1978).
    • won 39 (KO 22) + lost 8 (KO 2) + drawn 1 = 48.

Favorite Book: "The Art of War" by Sun Tzu

"Two thousand years ago, a mysterious Chinese warrior-philosopher wrote this book. I don't know how he did it, 'cause paper wasn't invented yet. But it's classic war strategy. It's about everything necessary to deal with conflict wisely, honorably and victoriously. Sun-Tzu, I think that's his name, says everyone already has inside them what they need to win. We just gotta tap into it."

Henry Milligan

Name: Henry Milligan

    Rugged Light Heavyweight Contender. Lost to David Izeqwire in his 1993 bid for the IBO Cruiserweight Title -- (TKO 8).
    • A 1981 graduate of Princeton University.
    • Attended with an academic scholarship; Milligan earned ten varsity letters an all-time University record.
    • He was an All American in two sports and was Princeton's 1981 Senior Scholar-Athlete of the year.
    • In 1983 he won the National AAU Heavyweight Championship.
    • He defeated Henry Tillman, the 1984 Olympic Heavyweight Gold Medalist.
    • A member of the Screen Actors Guild. He has appeared in ten national television commercials and a feature film with Robert De Nero and Jessica Lange.
    • He is president of the Elsmere, Delaware Boxing Club.
    • He is a financial consultant.
    • won 17 (KO 15) + lost 3 (KO 3) + drawn 1 = 21

Favorite Book: "The Shack" by William P. Young

"This book is very spiritual. My wife said, "You've got to read this!" Well, I just finished it, and she was right--what an amazing book! It's got an intriguing premise: One wintry day, this man receives a note in his mailbox inviting him back to the woods, to the shack in which his daughter's dress and bloodstains were found. The note, it would seem, is from God. From this simple premise, this man is lead back to where his daughter was murdered."

Paul Pender

Name: Paul Pender

    Middleweight Champion of the World--1960-62
    • Hometown: Brookline, MA.
    • Born: 1930-06-20
    • Died: 2003-01-12
    • Beat Sugar Ray Robinson (2x) (SD 15) & (SD 15)--The first time for the title.
    • Defeated: Terry Downes (twice)(W 15) & (TKO 7).
    • Defeated Carmen Basilio (W 10).
    • Defeated Ralf Jones (W 12).
    • Defeated Ernie Durando (W 10).
    • Elected to The World Boxing Hall of Fame.
    • won 40 (KO 20) + lost 6 (KO 3) + drawn 2 = 48

Favorite Book: "Hamlet" by William Shakespeare

"When we were first married, Paul and I enjoyed going to the theater. We didn't go to movies much, but we did frequent play-houses. Paul liked Shakespeare. In fact, he always enjoyed spouting off dramatic quotes from "Twelve Night" or "Hamlet". You wouldn't think it, but Paul--even though he was a tough guy--was a rather eloquent man who wrote a bit of poetry. Later in life, he was more of an "on-the-go" type of person who devoured newspapers, "Time Magazine" and "Newsweek". He always kept up with current events." --Mrs. Rose Pender

Gil Clancy

Name: Gil Clancy

    Fight trainer
    • Fighters trained: Alex Miteff, Oscar Bonavena, Muhammad Ali (At different times during career), Joe Frazier (At different times during career),Jerry Quarry, Gerry Cooney (During fight with Foreman),Jorge Victor Ahumada, Tony Anthony, Tom Bethea, Ralph Jones, Juan Carlos Rivero, Emile Griffith, Rodrigo Valdez, Harold Weston Jr., Oscar De La Hoya, Ken Buchanan, Juan La Porte, George Foreman (after the Ali fight, until first retirement).
    Awards & Recognitions:
  • 1983 Sam Taub Award: The Boxing Writers Association of America Excellence in Broadcasting Journalism Award
  • Inducted into the World Boxing Hall of Fame
  • Took over matchmaking duties from Teddy Brenner at Madison Square Garden in late 1978.
  • Boxing commentator for CBS Sports, as well as for HBO during the mid-1990s.

    Favorite Book: "The Onion Picker" by Gary B. Youmans

    "My favorite book? Ha! I was just sitting down reading it this afternoon! I just finished it! It's called "The Onion Picker" about Carmen Basilio. The best part was the re-telling of the dramatic night Basilio was victorious over the heavily-favorite Sugar Ray Robinson. No one thought Basilio was gonna pull it off--including myself."

  • Matt "Beta Bomber" Farrago

    Name: Matt "Beta Bomber" Farrago

      Rugged Long Island 154 lber.
      • A regular attraction at the Felt Forum in the mid '80's.
      • Battled with Mike Peoples, Pat Prisco, Bobby Joe Young, Francisco DeJesus and Bobby Joe Young.
      • Graduated from Cortlandt State.
      • Is pursuing a career in acting.
      • won 25 (KO 11) + lost 2 (KO 2) + drawn 1 = 28

    Favorite Book: "How To Win Friends & Influence People" by Dale Carnegie

    "This is a great book...What? It's not macho enough?"

    Carlos Palomino

    Name: Carlos Palomino

      WBA Welterweight Champion--1976 Jun 22 – 1979 Jan 14
      • Defeated Armando Muniz (twice) TKO 15 & UD 15.
      • Defeated John Stracey (TKO 12).
      • Defeated Davey Green (KO 11).
      • Defeated Rene Arredondo (KO1).
      • Drew with Hedgemon Lewis (D10).
      • Professional Actor.
      • won 31 (KO 19) + lost 4 (KO 0) + drawn 3 = 38

    Favorite Book: "The Da Vinci Code" by Dan Brown

    "What am I reading now? Well, now I'm reading a lot of spiritual books. But I do like reading Michael Connelly's fiction, too--detective thrillers, murder mysteries. One special book was "The Da Vinci Code". Yeah, post that book. It was right up there. So is the book I just finished--"The Kite Runner" by Khaled Hosseini. I graduated college and got into the habit of reading. Reading is a good habit to get into--it keeps your mind limber."

    Ernie Terrell

    Name: Ernie Terrell

      WBA Heavyweight Champion -- 1965 Mar 5 – 1967 Feb 6
      • Born: 1939-04-04.
      • Height: 6′ 6″.
      • Reach: 82in.
      • Defeated Doug Jones.
      • Defeated Amos Lincoln.
      • Defeated Cleveland Williams.
      • Defeated Zora Folley.
      • Defeated George Chuvalo.
      • Defeated Bob Foster.
      • won 45 (KO 21) + lost 9 (KO 2) + drawn 0 = 54

    Favorite Book: "The Joe Louis Story" by Richard Bak

    "I enjoyed the Joe Louis book. Biographies like that interest me. I love books about boxers. Still do. I like to see how guys struggle to get to the top. Some reach the top and still struggle! Guess that's life."

    Livingstone "Ras-I" Bramble

    Name: Livingstone "Ras-I" Bramble

      WBA Lightweight Champion, 1984-1986 & NABF Light Welterweight Champion 1989
      • birth date 1960-09-03.
      • birth place St. Croix, Virgin Islands.
      • Defeated Ray Mancini (twice).
      • Defeated Harold Brazier.
      • Defeated Tyrone Crawley.
      • Defeated Gaetan Hart.
      • won 40 (KO 25) + lost 26 (KO 5) + drawn 3 = 69

    Favorite Book: "Tao of Jeet Kune Do" by Bruce Lee

    "I'm telling you this book helped me become a champion! It traveled with me everywhere! Around the world! I was reading it before it became a best-seller. If I had a problem in training, with sparring partners, or if I had a mental lapse, I'd pick it up and read it. Not really read it, but study it. It was like a dictionary to me. It helped 100% of the time. One piece of wisdom I got from it was: 'If it's going to be, it's going to be up to me'. I'm tellin' ya, it's a great book!"

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