The Black Lights: Inside the World of Professional Boxing

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Originally published in 1986 (McGraw-Hill), The Black Lights was the first book that fully explored the sport and business of professional boxing. Upon joining the training camp of superlightweight Billy Costello, Thomas Hauser was given unprecedented access to the fighter, his manager, and trainer as well as to the real heavyweights of the boxing world, promoter Don King, and World Boxing Council president Jose Sulaiman. The result, according to Playboy in their review of the original, is a book that "explains why fighters fight, what they go through to win, and how they feel when they lose. It is a great book."
In this gracefully written, fast-paced narrative, the author slips quietly into the background and gives us a firsthand look at a business that is often cruel and exploitative and a sport that is at once violent and beautiful. As the San Francisco Chronicle points out, The Black Lights provides ammunition for both sides in the debate over boxing: "Hauser has written what is clearly the most complete and fairminded work on the subject to date." In an age when the controversy surrounding the evils and merits of boxing still rages, this classic account is more timely than ever.

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Thomas Hauser, author and attorney, has written several books, including Muhammed Ali: His Life and Times. He lives in New York City.

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Hauser (Missing, The Family Legal Companion) followed the fortunes of former WBC superlightweight champion Billy Costello in the fall of 1984, using the boxer's preparations for a title defense as the springboard to examine the sport itself. He makes clear that TV now controls boxing and that sports promoters Don King and Bob Arum enjoy a virtual monopoly because the networks find that a convenient arrangement. Hauser also shows the paternal relationships of manager Mike Jones and trainer Victor Valle with Costello, both aiding him for reasons beyond money. And he looks at the seamier side of the Sweet Science, from grubby gyms to the fate that awaits those who, like Muhammad Ali, have taken too many punches. The book is informative, and the suspense built up around the big fight is masterfully handled. Major ad/promo. November 4
Copyright 1985 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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