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The Fighting Irish: Inside the Ring with Boxings Celtic Warriors Roger Anderson

The Fighting Irish: Inside the Ring with Boxings Celtic Warriors

Roger Anderson

Published October 6th 2005
ISBN : 9781845960278
Paperback
336 pages
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The Fighting Irish tells the remarkable story of how the Irish and their descendants took the boxing world by storm. Irishmen have enjoyed a unique place in the sport, punching way above their weight and exerting a truly global influence. From theMoreThe Fighting Irish tells the remarkable story of how the Irish and their descendants took the boxing world by storm. Irishmen have enjoyed a unique place in the sport, punching way above their weight and exerting a truly global influence. From the brutal bare-knuckle era to the present day, theyve played their part in many of the most famous - and infamous - moments in ring history.The French have their flamboyance, the Germans efficiency, but no one likes a scrap quite like the Irish. Its hardly surprising, then, that the boxer should become a source of national pride, not least for those people forced through famine to seek a better life in the new world. John Morrissey, Yankee Sullivan, John C. Heenan and Paddy Ryan paved the way for the sports first superstar, John L. Sullivan. His boast that he could lick any son of a bitch in the house tapped into the mood of a people fighting for their place in Americas melting pot of immigrants. From the brazen Boston Strong Boy to Gentleman Jim Corbett, legend of the Roaring 20s Jack Dempsey through to James J. Braddock, who fought his way from the welfare queue to the heavyweight championship of the world, satisfaction was guaranteed.The Fighting Irish also looks at the era of ethnic match-ups when Irishman and Jew traded blows- at racism and the search for the Great White Hope- fighters who united the most divided of communities- and the ultimate price paid by some in the pursuit of ring glory. Its a roller-coaster ride of pride and passion, raw courage and sublime skill.