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Protect yourself at all times : an inside look at another year in boxing
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9781682260746
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Fayetteville : The University of Arkansas Press, 2018.

©2018
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348 pages ; 23 cm
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Each year, readers, writers, and critics alike anticipate Thomas Hauser's newest collection of articles about the contemporary boxing scene, where his award-winning investigative journalism is on display. The annual retrospective of the previous year in boxing is always a notable moment in the sport that no one knows better than Hauser. Protect Yourself at All Times offers a behind-the-scenes look at Floyd Mayweather vs. Conor McGregor, dressing room reports from big fights like Canelo Alvarez vs. Gennady Golovkin, and compelling portraits of luminaries like Muhammad Ali, Joe Louis, Mike Tyson, and Don King, all filtered through the perspective of a true champion of boxing.
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"Hauser is a treasure. Whatever he writes is worth reading. Boxing is blessed that he has focused so much of his career on the sweet science."
-- Booklist

Each year, readers, writers, and critics alike anticipate Thomas Hauser's newest collection of articles about the contemporary boxing scene, where his award-winning investigative journalism is on display. The annual retrospective of the previous year in boxing is always a notable moment in the sport that no one knows better than Hauser.
Protect Yourself at All Times offers a behind-the-scenes look at Floyd Mayweather vs. Conor McGregor, dressing room reports from big fights like Canelo Alvarez vs. Gennady Golovkin, and compelling portraits of luminaries like Muhammad Ali, Joe Louis, Mike Tyson, and Don King, all filtered through the perspective of a true champion of boxing.


Author Notes

Thomas Hauser is the author of fifty-one books. His first work, Missing, was made into an Academy Award-winning film. He later authored Muhammad Ali: His Life and Times, the definitive biography of the most famous fighter ever. In 2004 the Boxing Writers Association of America honored Hauser with the Nat Fleischer Award for Career Excellence in Boxing Journalism.


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Booklist Review

Boxing fans know Hauser from his extraordinary biography Muhammad Ali: His Life and Times (1991) and from this annual series, which details the previous year in boxing and typically includes some always-meaty profiles. This year's edition opens with a dual profile of two charismatic boxers of the 2000s, Jermain Taylor and Kelly Pavlik. Both held titles, and both succumbed to the pitfalls that often await successful young boxers: too much fame and money too soon, and a support team unable or unwilling to say no when things start veering out of control. This piece is Hauser in a nutshell: compassion, character, and context. He also includes some lighter reminiscences, such as a story about the time Ali awoke to an elephant in the yard of his Michigan home. There's also a conversation Hauser had with Russian boxer Wladimir Klitschko in which they discussed Pythagoras and agreed it is probably a rare topic among boxers and the journalists who follow them. On the more reportorial front, he explores concussion-based CTE as it manifests itself in boxing and looks at the curious doings of state boxing commissions. As always, an annual delight.--Wes Lukowsky Copyright 2018 Booklist


Table of Contents

Fighters and Fights
Jermain Taylor vs. Kelly Pavlik: Ten Years Laterp. 3
Keith Thurman: "If You Can Beat Me, Beat Me"p. 16
UFC 208, Holly Holm, and Boxingp. 23
Paulie Malignaggi: "No More Coming Back Now"p. 32
Golovkin-Jacobs: A Bigger "Drama Show" Than Expectedp. 36
Anthony Joshua vs. Wladimir Klitschko: The Future is Nowp. 41
Ranking Boxing's Greatest Heavyweight Championsp. 52
Canelo Alvarez vs. Julio Cesar Chavez Jrp. 64
Errol Spence Has Arrivedp. 70
Ward-Kovalev II: Andre Ward Makes a Statementp. 73
Age, Bad Judging, and Jeff Horn Beat Manny Pacquiaop. 81
Mikey Garcia: Too Small, Too Slow, Too Goodp. 85
Top Rank - ESPN - Lomachenko - Crawfordp. 90
The Barclays Buzzp. 94
Deontay Wilder vs. Bermane Stiverne: No Surprisesp. 98
"Big Baby" Takes a Baby Step Forwardp. 104
Rosie Perez on Muhammad Alip. 110
More on the Muhammad Ali Documentaryp. 115
Miguel Cotto's Last Fight: A Star Says Goodbyep. 123
Fight Notesp. 129
Intimate Warfare: The Gatti-Ward Trilogyp. 158
Iron Ambition: Mike Tyson and Cus D'Amatop. 163
Fighters as Writersp. 170
Muhammad Ali: A Lifep. 176
Jess Willardp. 185
Canelo Alvarez vs. Gennady Golovkin: Great Expectationsp. 189
May weather- McGregor: The Dark Underside of the Stingp. 203
Curiosities
Tony Middleton: From Fighting to Singingp. 223
I Fell on My Facep. 227
Fistic Nuggetsp. 231
Reflections on a Fiftieth Reunionp. 239
Issues and Answers
Don King and Bob Arum in Perspectivep. 245
Angel Garcia and the New York State Athletic Commissionp. 256
Trouble at the Arkansas State Athletic Commissionp. 262
Congratulations to the WBC and VADAp. 268
A Reporter Faces the Issue: To Stand or Kneelp. 272
Fistic Notesp. 278
The Bittersweet Sciencep. 309
The Leather Pushersp. 313
Literary Notesp. 317
Keystone Cops at the New York State Athletic Commissionp. 331
The NYSAC is Still Courting Disasterp. 340
Dick Gregory and Muhammad Alip. 345