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Ray Arcel: A Boxing Biography [Paperback]

Donald Dewey
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July 30 2012
Without Ray Arcel (1899-1994), the world of boxing during the 20th century would have been markedly different. Indeed, the credibility professional boxing as a sport would have been greatly lessened. Arcel's prominence is all the more interesting because he made his mark not as a fighter, promoter, or manager, but as a trainer. From Benny Leonard to Roberto Duran and Larry Holmes, Arcel stood in the corner for champions of every weight division that existed in his lifetime, a record that remains unprecedented. This biography chronicles Arcel's life inside the ring, and out--where he remained a highly secretive man and maintained ambiguous relationships with some of the chief mob figures of his day. Through a wealth of information from Arcel's unpublished memoir, this work offers an extraordinary portrait of one of boxing's most influential and enigmatic figures.

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5.0 out of 5 stars a great story well told Oct. 17 2012
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This book tells the story of Ray Arcel, counted by some as the preeminent boxing trainer and strategist of the 20th century. In so doing it weaves through many other life tales in the sport, among them those of Benny Leonard and Roberto Duran. A splendid complement to other accounts of the lengthy era that was spanned by the esteemed trainer. Dewey has done the sport a valuable service. KN
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Marvelous Tale Oct. 20 2012
By New Jersey Nick - Published on Amazon.com
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Donald Dewey is a wonderful story teller. And Ray Arcel's is a wonderful story. Dewey, whom everyone knows for his baseball books and biographies of actors, branches out here to recount the life of boxing's greatest trainer. Arcel's career spanned from the 1920s to the 1980s -- with an important hiatus from the 1950s to the 1970s. He was in the corner for 18 champions, including Barney Ross, Benny Leonard, Jimmy Braddock, Tony Zale, and Ezzard Charles -- names that thrill an old boxing fan. But this is more than a ringside biography. Dewey uncovered never before told stories about the personal life of the secretive Arcel, who was as abstemious in his personal habits as others in the ring world he inhabited were self indulgent. While promoting matches for ABC in the early 1950s, Arcel fell afoul of organizaed crime, which had an interest in a rival television outlet for boxing and suffered a severe beating. That's when he retired only to return to the ring to work with Roberto Duran (Yes he was there for the infamous "No mas" incident) and with Larry Holmes (for his dramatic title defense against Gerry Cooney). Dewey's Ray Arcel: A Boxing Biography is a major contribution to the literature of a sport that has over the years attracted some of the best American writers.
1.0 out of 5 stars Expensive and very little information about Arcel and his training methods. May 14 2014
By Michael G. Haggerty - Published on Amazon.com
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Expensive and very little information about Arcel and his training methods. Repeated things that were common knowledge. Very disappointed. Would not recommend this. I appreciate the work,research and time the author put into this effort but being a boxing and boxing trainer fan maybe I was expecting too much.
5.0 out of 5 stars The great Corner Man March 14 2014
By Jill - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a well written and entertaining bio of the famous fight manager/trainer. The sections on Ray and Jack Kid Berg alone are worth the price (if interested also recommend tracking down Jack Kid Berg's bio, Jack Kid Berg: The Whitechapel Windmill by John Harding and Jack Kid Berg), but it's all good. Not to many bios out there of old time trainers and fighters - I think this one is complete as it is can be.
5.0 out of 5 stars A Rare Book about a Rare Honest Boxer and Promoter. Aug. 29 2014
By Gary J. Chenett - Published on Amazon.com
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If you enjoy boxing and want to know about the inside of this crooked sport back when, Roy is a must read.....
He has facts to share with you that I had never heard of.
Roy was also one of the few Boxers and promoters who was not only a gentleman he was HONEST,
That is rare for this generation
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