by Burt Randolph Sugar
A self-descriptive title; this book gives short, often not all that
informative bios of 100 fighters throughout the ages. It was written in
1984, when Mike Tyson was just a wee lad scoring his first KOs, so it's
a little out-dated. Sugar writes well, with humor and his own loose
style, though he gets repetitive at times.
Only a casual fan, I
don't know enough about boxing to disagree vehemently with his
selections, but I do think he should have given the early black fighters
an edge, since no one gave them a chance to prove how great they really
were. Also, there are a few questionable calls: for example,
Mysterious Billy Smith, that out-of-shape dirty fighter with a 28-19
record, ranked one ahead of Wilfredo Gomez, 40-1 with 40 KOs? Hard to
know what the thinking is there.