Boxing's colourful history is filled with chapters of high drama and simmering controversy. Many boxing fans are familiar with the outcome of the most memorable bouts, but few know the secrets surrounding them. In The 12 Greatest Rounds of Boxing: The Untold Stories, Ferdie Pacheco, MD - longtime physician and cornerman for Muhammad Ali and television analyst known worldwide as the Fight Doctor - not only selects the dozen best rounds ever fought, but reveals what went on behind the scenes, from chicanery and Mob influence to romantic liaisons and wild high-jinx. Drawing on his unique insider's perspective, Pacheco answers whether Mahammad Ali's phantom punch in 1965 really did knock out Sonny Liston, or was Sonny simply too scared to get off the canvas? With World War II looming, was German heavyweight champion Max Schmeling warned by Adolf Hitler to beat Joe Louis, or else? Did Jack Dempsey have something illegal in his glove when he battered gigantic Jess Willard into bloody submission in 1919? All these fascinating untold stories offer an intimate glimpse of boxing's inimitable characters and the often bizarre world they inhabit. Illustrated throughout with stunning photographs, including many rare prints, The 12 Greatest Rounds of Boxing vividly brings that world to light.
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