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Best Books on College Boxing

If you have any interest at all in college boxing and college sports, you will be fascinated by the following “must read” books:

The Six-Minute Fraternity: The Rise and Fall of NCAA Tournament Boxing, 1932-60

by E.C. Wallenfeldt

This is a book about the glory days and tragic end of college boxing. It revives the exciting era—now forgotten—when college boxing attracted huge crowds, outdrawing the professional bouts. On the same night in 1940 when Joe Louis defended his heavyweight crown before 11,000 fans in New York’s Madison Square Garden, collegiate boxers battled before 15,000 fans in Madison, Wisconsin.

Lords of the Ring: The Triumph and Tragedy of College Boxing’s Greatest Team

By Doug Moe

The story of NCAA tournament boxing has never been told, yet it deserves to be heard because of the sport’s influence on a number of people who have made substantial contributions to American society.

Games Colleges Play: Scandal and Reform in Intercollegiate Athletics

by John R. Thelin

The paperback edition of Games Colleges Play: Scandal and Reform in Intercollegiate Athletics chronicles the history of intercollegiate athletics from 1910 to 1990—from the early, glory days of Knute Rockne and the “Gipper” to the modern era of big budgets, powerful coaches and pampered players. The book describes how sports programs have become central to university life.

Inside the Ropes

by Arthur Mercante

In Inside the Ropes, referee and elder statesman of boxing Arthur Mercante gives behind-the-scenes glimpses into his world and into the lives and careers of the greatest boxers of all time. From Jack Dempsey to Muhammad Ali, to George Foreman and Marvin Hagler: Mercante has known them all.

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