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The Boxing Scene
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Thomas Hauser has been called “one of boxing’s greatest writers. The Boxing Scene, Hauser’s provocative new anthology, contains all of his trademark insights and candor as he peels away layers of hypocrisy to reveal the men who make up the contemporary boxing landscape.

Hauser exposes the inner workings of HBO Sports; examines the phenomenon of mixed martial arts as it relates to boxing; and records the amusing encounter between his 81-year-old mother and larger-than-life boxing impresario Don King. The Boxing Scene also updates Hauser’s personal and professional thoughts on superstars like Oscar De La Hoya, Floyd Mayweather Jr., Ricky Hatton, Miguel Cotto, and Bernard Hopkins as well as fight promoter Bob Arum, announcer Bob Sheridan and a host of others.

The Boxing Scene recreates another year in professional boxing and adds to Hauser’s definitive record of the sport.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page
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  1. Copyright
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. Author’s Note
  2. p. xi
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  1. I. Fights and Fighters
  2. pp. 1-2
  1. Evander Holyfield and the Impossible Dream
  2. pp. 3-8
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  1. John and Grainne: A Love Story
  2. pp. 9-15
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  1. Boxing Awaits De La Hoya–Mayweather
  2. pp. 16-21
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  1. Floyd’s World
  2. pp. 22-23
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  1. De La Hoya–Mayweather in Perspective
  2. pp. 24-31
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  1. First Bout at 3:05 P.M.
  2. pp. 32-36
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  1. The Enigmatic Shannon Briggs
  2. pp. 37-43
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  1. Bob Arum Mans the Ramparts with Cotto–Judah
  2. pp. 44-49
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  1. Bernard Hopkins: He’s Baaack!
  2. pp. 50-55
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  1. Bernard Hopkins: History in the Making
  2. pp. 56-65
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  1. Taylor–Pavlik: “And the NEW Middleweight Champion of the World . . .”
  2. pp. 66-79
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  1. Forget the Belts: Madison Square Garden—October 6, 2007
  2. pp. 80-82
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  1. Cotto–Mosley: Youth Will Be Served
  2. pp. 83-87
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  1. Vinny Maddalone: “When the Candle Burns Out, I’ll Walk Away”
  2. pp. 88-93
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  1. The American Perception of British Fighters
  2. pp. 94-98
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  1. Ricky Hatton in Las Vegas: Dreams versus Reality
  2. pp. 99-111
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  1. Jack Dempsey Revisited
  2. pp. 112-128
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  1. II. Curiosities, Issues, and Answers
  2. pp. 129-130
  1. HBO Boxing: The Challenge
  2. pp. 131-137
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  1. Some Thoughts from the Hammerstein Ballroom
  2. pp. 137-139
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  1. HBO Notes
  2. pp. 140-145
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  1. The Void
  2. pp. 146-147
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  1. More on the Heavyweights
  2. pp. 148-150
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  1. A Boxing Fan Looks at Mixed Martial Arts
  2. pp. 151-160
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  1. No One Is Enforcing the Federal Boxing Laws
  2. pp. 161-164
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  1. Agenda for the New York State Athletic Commission
  2. pp. 165-167
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  1. Bob Sheridan: The Voice of Boxing
  2. pp. 168-171
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  1. Are There Fewer Good Trainers Than Before?
  2. pp. 172-179
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  1. A Note on Jim Lampley
  2. pp. 180-182
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  1. If Boxing Ruled Baseball
  2. pp. 183-184
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  1. My Eighty-One-Year-Old Mother Meets Don King
  2. pp. 185-187
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  1. Hauser’s Fourteen
  2. pp. 188-189
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  1. Fistic Nuggets
  2. pp. 190-194
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  1. Fistic Notes
  2. pp. 195-207
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  1. More Important Than Boxing: 2007
  2. pp. 208-212
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  1. The Heavyweights Rate the Writers
  2. pp. 213-214
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  1. Tempest Storm
  2. pp. 215-221
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  1. If There’s Free Food, Grab It
  2. pp. 222-227
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  1. Ticket Scalping and Boxing
  2. pp. 228-231
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  1. Larry Merchant and HBO
  2. pp. 232-241
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