Sporting Blood: Tales From the Dark Side of Boxing - Hamilcar Publications

Sporting Blood: Tales From the Dark Side of Boxing

Carlos Acevedo, with a foreword by Thomas Hauser

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“This is powerful writing. Enjoy it.”—Thomas Hauser, Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award nominee

“Carlos Acevedo is the most original, perceptive, and best new writer in boxing. Sporting Blood is a vivid and gripping collection.”—Donald McRae, writer for The Guardian and author of Dark Trade: Lost in Boxing

“… this book may cement Acevedo’s status as one of today’s best boxing journalists.”Kirkus Reviews

Sporting Blood: Tales From the Dark Side of Boxing is a new collection of twenty essays by multiple award-winning boxing writer and historian Carlos Acevedo. The book’s foreword was written by Thomas Hauser, Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award nominee, who is widely recognized as one of the world’s preeminent boxing authors.

Highlights of Acevedo’s collection include a tour de force piece about Muhammad Ali at the time of his death, as well as an incisive look at his fearsome rival, the enigmatic heavyweight Charles “Sonny” Liston.

Acevedo also applies his rare talent to uncovering untold stories about fighters that include Roberto Duran, Esteban de Jesus, Carmelo Negron, Aaron Pryor, Don Jordan, Joe Frazier, Johnny Saxton, Wilfredo Gomez, Lupe Pintor, Davey Moore, Johnny Tapia, Mike Tyson, Bert Cooper, Evander Holyfield, Jake LaMotta, Ad Wolgast, Tony Ayala, Jr., Al Singer, Michael Dokes, Eddie Machen, Mike Quarry, and more.

 

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  • Publication Date: March 31, 2020
  • Author: Carlos Acevedo
  • Features: Foreword by Thomas Hauser
  • Availability:
    • Hardcover, United States & Canada
    • Paperback, World
  • Hardcover: 978-1949590074 | $27.95 USD, $36.99 CAD
  • Trade Paperback: 978-1949590081 | £12.99
  • Distribution: Two Rivers

Author

Carlos Acevedo, author of Sporting Blood: Tales From the Dark Side of Boxing (Hamilcar Publications (2020) and The Duke: The Life and Lies of Tommy Morrison (Hamilcar Publications 2022), was the founder of The Cruelest Sport and is a member of the Boxing Writers Association of America. His work has appeared in Inside HBO Boxing, Boxing News, Remezcla, Boxing Digest, and Hannibal Boxing. His stories A Darkness Made to Order and A Ghost Orbiting Forever both won first place awards from the BWAA. Acevedo is also a member of the International Boxing Research Organization.

Follow Carlos on Twitter @cruelestsport

 

Interview With Carlos Acevedo

Praise

“… this book may cement Acevedo’s status as one of today’s best boxing journalists.”Kirkus Reviews

This is powerful writing. Enjoy it.”—Thomas Hauser, Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award nominee

“Carlos Acevedo is the most original, perceptive, and best new writer in boxing. Sporting Blood is a vivid and gripping collection.”—Donald McRae, writer for The Guardian and award-winning author of over twelve books

“Acevdo is a sensationally good writer with some brilliantly memorable turns of phrase. Each essay packs a mighty punch and resonated with me long after I read it. It is a great collection to dip in and out of, to take your time over, to re-read and savour the writing and the imagery.”All Sports Books Reviews

“Carlos Acevedo’s book of essays…finds a balance between the familiar and the less so for a read that goes by quickly and feels over too soon. Acevedo… gets to show off the range of his talent in this collection, applying varying stylistic flourishes to each subject approached. —Cliff Rold,Boxing Scene

“Carlos Acevedo understands the sweet science. Just as a DJ knows how to keep the dance floor populated with bodies, Acevedo knows how to string words together to keep a reader turning pages deep into the night…Like a forensic psychologist profiling a deep psychological mystery, Acevedo explores the psyches of each boxer in these essays with deftness and compassion…This book is recommended for high school, public, and academic libraries.”—Gavin J. Woltjer, Past-President, Montana Library Association