Before tonight's 6 pm cablecast of the bout between Manny Pacquiao and Timothy Bradley, author Dave Newhouse will discuss his new book, "Before Boxing Lost Its Punch."
Newhouse, an award-winning long-time sportswriter and columnist for the Oakland Tribune, has written his eighth book about his life-long fascination with the sport of boxing. It is based on fights he heard on the radio with his father in the late-1940s.
With a foreword from Professional Football Hall-of-Famer, John Madden, Newhouse’s book focuses on what is considered boxing’s premier weight division, the middleweights.
Of this division, Newhouse concentrates on three of boxing’s most recognizable figures from the post-war period: Tony Zale, Rocky Graziano and Marcel Cerdan. It is with these three boxers as the backdrop that Newhouse paves the way for a
present-day understanding of the sports decline in popularity.
"Before Boxing Lost Its Punch" is available on Amazon.com for $5.99.
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