By George Kimball
"Sugar" Ray Leonard, "Marvelous" Marvin Hagler, Thomas "Hit Man" Hearns, and Roberto Duran all shaped the pantheon of boxing greats in the course of the overdue Seventies and early 1980s—before the pay-per-view version, while prize fights have been telecast on community tv and nonetheless captured the nation's attention. Championship bouts in this period have been replete with revenge and fury, often pitting this kind of storied combatants opposed to another. From education camps to locker rooms, veteran activities journalist George Kimball used to be there to hide each person shot, uppercut, and TKO. within tales, together with contemporary interviews of every of the boxers, are jam-packed with drama, sacrifice, worry, and discomfort, leading to a fast paced, blow-by-blow account of 4 outstanding adversaries and a extraordinary boxing epoch.
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Consider the country of boxing this present day. demanding, is it? It’s demanding to call a well-known fighter. The viewers that after gravitated to the candy technology has been subtle between an alphabet soup of competing companies offering overhyped, pay-per-view occasions. It wasn’t consistently so. Roberto Duran, Sugar Ray Leonard, Marvin Hagler, and Thomas “Hit Man” Hearns have been all family names within the Eighties, held a number of titles in or round the middleweight department, and fought between themselves 9 instances. Kimball, a columnist for the Boston bring in for 25 years, coated all 9 of these epic confrontations between four hundred different name bouts. He is dependent upon his notes and reminiscences of the fights in addition to clean interviews with the warring parties, their handlers, their managers, and others of be aware. His debts of the fights are riveting blow-by-blows, the “big event” context is palpably rendered, and every of the combatants re-emerges from the mists of reminiscence as colourful and compelling as ever. Boxing fanatics with a bit grey of their hair—paraphrasing Pete Hamill’s foreword—will delight in Kimball’s paintings. more youthful fanatics? in the event that they locate their method to the ebook, might be they’ll comprehend the variation among greatness and hype.
"Kimball's debts of the fights are riveting blow-by-blows, the "big event" context is palpably rendered, and every of the opponents re-emerges from the mists of reminiscence as colourful and compelling as ever. Boxing lovers ... will savour Kimball's work."
"Boxing's final Golden Age will get the publication it merits. Kimball's breezy, detail-packed ebook ... offers vibrant, an expert bills of the motion. He additionally attracts transparent colourful graphics of [the] 4 fighters."
— activities Illustrated
"Four Kings is a mystery and George Kimball a prince between sportswriters ... an epic poem of a e-book, a booklet that lifts the heart."
— Frank McCourt, writer, Angela's Ashes,'Tis, and instructor Man
"A a very good ebook. Kimball used to be there and not overlooked a second of it. His account of the opponents, the fights and the colourful assisting gamers is wealthy with insights and details."
— Vincent Patrick, writer, The Pope of Greenwich Village and relatives Business
"Very actual and well-researched ... a phenomenon ... well-written. I couldn't placed it down. I loaned it to a pal and he won't provide it back"
— Emanuel Steward, international Champion Boxing trainer
"George Kimball is one among America's best-loved sportswriters and 4 Kings exhibits why. With ability, grace and humor, he brings to existence a extraordinary period and 4 uniquely proficient athletes."
— Jeremy Schaap, ESPN reporter and writer, Cinderella guy: James J. Braddock, Max Baer and the best disappointed in Boxing History
"Kimball writes with perception and humor. the larger the struggle, the higher he tells it."
— Thomas Hauser, writer, Muhammad Ali: His lifestyles and Times