Off The Ropes: The Ron Lyle Story - Hamilcar Publications

Off The Ropes: The Ron Lyle Story

Candace Toft, with a foreword by Al Bernstein


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“[Ron Lyle’s] life was a remarkable one and the story of it worth re-telling, which makes the book’s new edition thoroughly welcome. Off The Ropes is absolutely recommended reading.”―Gary Lucken, Boxing Monthly

“Toft adeptly shows this to be the legacy Ron Lyle left behind, one that stands shoulder-to-shoulder with a boxing legacy that is nothing short of remarkable.”–Rafael Garcia, The Fight City

“Nobody ever hit me that hard. No question. I’ll remember that punch on my deathbed. A great puncher, a great guy.”―Earnie Shavers

OFF THE ROPES: THE RON LYLE STORY —Published for the first time in the United States, this is the highly-anticipated new edition of legendary seventies heavyweight Ron Lyle’s biography, by the late Candace Toft. Features a foreword by Showtime boxing analyst and International Boxing Hall of Fame member, Al Bernstein.

In a life as tough as his battles in the ring, Ron Lyle had already served hard time for second-degree murder before he started his amateur boxing career at the age of twenty-nine. After he turned pro, fans knew him as the man who had Muhammad Ali beat on the scorecards for ten rounds in a fight for the heavyweight title; as the man who fought George Foreman in a legendary brawl with four knockdowns that nearly saw Foreman knocked cold; and as the man who was arrested for murder a second time.

Off the Ropes: The Ron Lyle Story is not your typical boxing biography, exploring not only the greatest era of heavyweights in boxing history, but also telling an equally compelling personal tale.









  • Publication Date: October 31, 2018
  • Author: Candace Toft
  • Features: Foreword by Al Bernstein (bio)
  • Availability: Worldwide
  • ISBNs:
    • Hardcover: 9781949590012
    • Paperback: 9781949590005
  • List Price:
    • Hardcover $27.95
    • Paperback $17.95
    • U.K. Paperback £12.95
  • Distribution: Two Rivers, an Ingram brand


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Candace Toft sadly passed away on May 22, 2015.

She won her first award in 1999 for Best Personal Essay in University Publications, Western Region; the piece, entitled Not Just Another Cancer Story had been submitted on behalf of the National University periodical Insight and was later published in Coping Magazine, under the title, The Love That Sees Me Through. In 2000, her novel A Mingled Yarn won first runner-up in the San Diego Book Awards unpublished novel. In 2002 Candace won runner-up for poetry Chapbook with Poems to My Mother, and for The Trap in the category of Novelist Grant Award. In 2004, she, along with her co-author, Gordon Ooley, won first place in San Diego Book Awards Unpublished novel category for Emergence.