Norwalk, Connecticut: O'Brien Suburban Press, 1944. Octavo. Item #025268
592 pages. The longtime editor of Ring Magazine, he had seen virtually every fighter of the 20th century to his death in 1972. He paid great tribute to black prize fighters in an era where many in the news business hoped for their defeat. Besides the listing of every title fight, he has sections on hundreds of famous firsts in boxing with obscure but fascinating categories such as first American fighter to gain prominence in Europe (answer: Bill Richmond, an American Negro), first fight with gloves, first woman fighter (answer: Elizabeth Wilkinson, England, 1722); first barnstorming tour of a boxer, John L. Sullivan who offered $1000 to any man who could stay with him in the ring for four rounds. He fought 50 bouts but only one man lasted four rounds Tug Wilson (who later lost). A book with tens of thousands of facts, anecdotes and assessment. Uncommon to find in good condition since it was issued in a small print run during World War II. Bound in green cloth lettered in black, spine lettering black, dampstain to gutter of last few pages, covers rubbed. A very good copy.