By Robert Fernandez, Forewords by Peter R. Nozza, Foreword by Thomas A. Kaczmarek
For all hard-core boxing lovers, this ebook introduces the reader to New Jersey stars of the 20 th century--gladiators who fought in blood-soaked jewelry bringing leisure to hundreds of thousands for little pay. they need to now not be forgotten. The ebook comprises many little recognized evidence approximately those wonderful males, all attempting to punch out a dwelling for his or her households in challenging occasions. the writer has the game for seventy five years and labored in all levels of it. Readers will research of the labor, commitment and admire constructed through those warring parties within the "sweet science."
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From the wide-eyed preliminary ﬁghter to the semiﬁnalists to the mainevent contenders and champions. Hopefully, Laurel Garden and Meadowbrook Bowl, and the gladiators who fought there, will remain a superstructure in New Jersey boxing nostalgia. The beat goes on. As we see it, the old-time boxers who were the gladiators and warriors of the prize ring of years past are being forgotten by the ﬁght fans of today. It seems boxing writers do not hasten to write stories about those ﬁne ﬁghters, thereby plunging them deeper into obscurity.
That takes care of the jaw; how about terriﬁc punchers? Many ﬁght buffs believe you cannot be taught how to develop a huge punch. Punchers are born with that power. It is believed Tippy Larkin tried many methods to strengthen his jaw, but I believe he failed simply because it can’t be done. One has to play the cards they are dealt in life. Tippy had a bad card there, and it probably was the joker. But I believe Tippy kicked that joker’s ass, and he did it his way. After that second Fusari ﬁght, as we mentioned earlier, Larkin went on to the bitter end.
The yarn goes like this: Jackie was on hard times, a struggling comedian out of work. He jumped at a chance offered to him to work a weekend at a well-known rowdy nightspot in Newark, New Jersey. Jackie had worked many “tough spots” before, and he would handle it. He was ﬂat broke and needed the bread. Gleason came out and got off a few good one-liners. He immediately had the crowd in stitches. All but one person, that is; this portly, bald beer guzzler with the cigar in his face kept harassing Gleason.