GENTLEMAN JIM CORBETT: The Truth Behind a Boxing Legend

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James J. Corbett holds a very special place in boxing history. A pioneer of scientific ringcraft, he was largely responsible for transforming the sport from a brutal test of raw strength and courage into an art form. The first world heavyweight champion under Marquis of Queensberry Rules, when gloves replaced bare fists, he toppled the mighty John L. Sullivan in 1892 in one of the ring's great upsets.
His good looks, polished manners and immaculate dress sense earned Corbett the nickname 'Gentleman Jim'. He didn't always live up to it. Arrogant, moody and bigoted, he made enemies as easily as he charmed others.
In this frank biography, the only on 'Gentleman Jim' in over half a century, Patrick Myler looks at the man behind the legend. It is a fresh and revealing insight into the life and times of one of the most talked-about sporting and social figures of his day.

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Boxing biography of James J. Corbett. 8vo. 243pp. Liquid stain to edge of page block. Good condition.

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This well-researched biography captures the dawn of a new era of the sport of boxing. Myler''s study of the forces that drove Corbett and the remarkable changes he heralded will be an important document in the history of boxing.'

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