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07 May

book review of “Boxing in New Mexico”

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Book review by David Finger of Fightnews.com:

Boxing fans can be forgiven if the idea of another regional boxing history book doesn’t excite them right off the bat. Most tend to fall into two categories: an overglossed pamphlet that rehashes well known boxing stories or a book long on facts but short on drama. A book that people buy only to look in the index to find what page “Uncle Charlie” appears on. But to lump the newest regional boxing book in that category would be a tremendous mistake. Boxing in New Mexico 1868-1940 isn’t just the best regional boxing history book to come out this century…it may very well be the best boxing history book period . . . |more|

26 Mar

book signing at local fights in albuquerque

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Anyone looking to pick up a copy of “Boxing in New Mexico: 1868-1940,” by Chris Cozzone and Jim Boggio, can do so at Friday night’s fights at the Wool Warehouse. Cozzone will have a table in the lobby in the hour before first bell. As a special for fight fans attending Friday’s card, the usually $45 price will be dropped to $36. Cozzone says he’s more interested in circulating the book than making the few bucks each copy yields. He also says that a minimum number of books must be sold before his publisher agrees to move forward with the second volume. Volume II, says Cozzone, will go from WW2 to the present era.

12 Mar

long-awaited book on new mexico’s rich boxing history now shipping

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Finally out! “Boxing in New Mexico: A History 1868-1940.” Books are now shipping!

About the Book
On June 28, 1868, a group of men gathered alongside a road 35 miles north of Albuquerque to witness a 165-round, 6-hour bare-knuckle brawl between well-known Colorado pugilist Barney Duffy and “Jack,” an unidentified fighter who died of his injuries. Thought to be the first “official” prizefight in New Mexico, this tragic spectacle marked the beginning of the rich and varied history of boxing in the state. Oftentimes an underdog in its battles with the law and public opinion, boxing in New Mexico has paralleled the state’s struggles and glories,through the Wild West, statehood, the Depression, war, and economic growth. It is a story set in boomtowns, ghost towns and mining camps, along railroads and in casinos, and populated by cowboys, soldiers, laborers, barrio-bred locals and more. This work chronicles more than 70 years of New Mexico’s colorful boxing past, representing the most in-depth exploration of prizefighting in one region yet undertaken.

Amazon is offering a deal on pre-sales – the book should be in their hands on March 15 – for just $30. Or you can order directly from the publisher at McFarland Press.

Author Chris Cozzone will also have some copies in the very near future. Email him for more info.

 

16 Jun

“The First Black Boxing Champions” in production

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The First Black Boxing Champions: Essays on Fighters of the 1800s to the 1920s has gone into production and will be available this Fall/Winter by McFarland Press.  The book, edited by Colleen Aycock & Mark Scott,  presents 15 detailed biographies of some of the first African American and black champions and challengers of the early prize ring. Boxers covered range from Tom Molineaux, a slave who won freedom and fame in the ring in the early 1800s; to Joe Gans, the first African American world champion; to the flamboyant Jack Johnson, deemed such a threat to white society that film of his defeat of former champion and “Great White Hope” Jim Jeffries was banned across much of the country.

The book also features a lengthy piece by writer/photographer Chris Cozzone, who spotlights black fighters from WWI and the early ’20s in southern New Mexico and El Paso, namely Thomas “Speedball” Hayden, who rose to stardom fighting out of Columbus, N.M.

Check out more info on Amazon.