Four Kings: The intoxicating and captivating tale of four men who changed the face of boxing from award-winning sports writer George Kimball (Paperback)George Kimball (author)
An enthralling group biography of the quartet of boxers who revitalised the sport in the 1980s, Four Kings takes an in-depth look at the bouts and rivalries between Leonard, Hagler, Hearns and Duran. Elegantly written and brilliantly enlightening, Kimball’s boxing classic is an absolute knockout.
By the late 1970s, boxing had lapsed into a moribund state and interest in it was on the wane. In 1980, however, the sport was resuscitated by a riveting series of bouts involving an improbably dissimilar quartet: Sugar Ray Leonard, Marvelous Marvin Hagler, Thomas Hearns and Roberto Duran. The 'Four Kings of the Ring' would fight one another nine times throughout the decade and win sixteen world titles between them.
Like Ali and Frazier, Dempsey and Tunney, Robinson and LaMotta, these four boxers brought out the best in each other, producing unprecedented multi-million-dollar gates along the way. Each of the nine bouts between the four men was memorable in its own way and at least two of them - Leonard-Hearns I in 1981 and Hagler-Hearns in 1985 - are commonly included on any list of the greatest fights of all time. The controversial outcome of another - the 1987 Leonard-Hagler fight - remains the subject of heated debates amongst fans to this day.
Leonard, Hagler, Hearns and Duran didn't set out to save boxing from itself in the post-Ali era, but somehow they managed to do so. In Four Kings, award-winning journalist George Kimball documents the remarkable effect they had on the sport and argues that we will never see their likes again.
Publisher: Transworld Publishers Ltd
Number of pages: 368
Weight: 469 g
Dimensions: 235 x 153 x 23 mm
An epic poem of a book . . . a book that lifts the heart - Frank McCourt
A distinguished and entertaining addition to our library of classic boxing literature - Budd Schulberg
Kimball writes with insight and humour. The bigger the fight, the better he tells it - Tom Hauser, www.secondsout.com
Thrilling, insightful and often humourous . . . [Kimball] captures the contests, the fighters and the period with a wonderful perception - The Independent
An intoxicating, captivating tale of great boxers in a fatally flawed environment - The Herald
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