By Thomas Hauser
A Hurting Sport marks the 10th annual quantity of Thomas Hauser’s boxing articles to be released by means of the college of Arkansas Press. each year, readers, sportswriters, and critics alike look ahead to those collections. In 2014, Booklist saw, “This annual sequence detailing the yr in boxing could be a spotlight, not just for fanatics of the game but additionally in the event you enjoy journalistic acumen and classy prose.”
different sportswriters have referred to as Hauser “the dean of fightwriters” (TheSweetScience.com) and “our craft’s such a lot celebrated practitioner” (15Rounds.com). His readers name him one of many final actual champions in boxing and one of many absolute best who has ever written approximately this sport.
A Hurting Sport keeps this practice of excellence with a behind-the-scenes recounting of 2014’s greatest fights, a glance at Floyd Mayweather’s behavior out and in of the hoop, research of struggle impresario Al Haymon’s burgeoning empire, and masses extra.
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Extra info for A Hurting Sport: An Inside Look at Another Year in Boxing
He was counted out at 2:59 of the stanza. Ortiz’s vulnerability, both in and out of the ring, makes him a compelling figure. That said; this was the most troubling of his losses. Collazo is not a big puncher and had scored only four knockouts in the previous eight years. More significantly, Ortiz wasn’t taking a beating (as he had in his loss against Marcos Maidana). His jaw wasn’t dangerously broken (as it was against Josesito Lopez). If he’d beaten the count, he would have had a full minute to recover.
Each plebe engages in four bouts with two one-minute rounds in each contest. The purpose of the class isn’t to teach boxing skills as much as it’s to instill mental toughness; to teach young men to face their fears and prepare for that moment down the road in military combat when they have only themselves to rely on. “When you’re in combat,” Melson explains, “it’s not about American freedom at that particular moment in time. It’s about you and your buddies surviving. You train your mind to not give up before your body does.
Then, after fourand-a-half months of artillery school, he was assigned to the US Army World Class Athlete Program, which trains Army personnel to compete at the national and international level with the ultimate goal of making the United States Olympic Team. He won numerous amateur honors and was a four-time United States Army champion. A HURTING SPORT 31 Melson stopped boxing in November 2007 after failing to qualify for the United States Olympic Team. On May 31, 2008, he completed his five-year military commitment and took a job in corporate America, selling spinal implants for Medtronic (a leader in the development and manufacture of medical devices).
A Hurting Sport: An Inside Look at Another Year in Boxing by Thomas Hauser