Sporting Blood

Tales from the Dark Side of Boxing

Sporting Blood
Thomas Hauser, Carlos Acevedo
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"I just read Carlos Acevedo on Davey Moore in Boxing News and I think he may well be the best boxing writer in the world today. "--Danny Flexen, Boxing MonthlySporting Blood is a new collection of twenty essays by multiple award-winning boxing writer and historian Carlos Acevedo. The book' s foreword was written by Thomas Hauser, Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award nominee, who is widely recognized as one of the world' s preeminent boxing authors. Highlights of Acevedo' s collection include a tour de force piece about Muhammad Ali at the time of his death, as well as an incisive look at his fearsome rival, the enigmatic heavyweight Charles "Sonny" Liston. Acevedo also applies his rare talent to uncovering untold stories about fighters that include Roberto Duran, Esteban de Jesus, Carmelo Negron, Aaron Pryor, Don Jordan, Joe Frazier, Johnny Saxton, Wilfredo Gomez, Lupe Pintor, Davey Moore, Johnny Tapia, Mike Tyson, Bert Cooper, Evander Holyfield, Jake LaMotta, Ad Wolgast, Tony Ayala, Jr. , Al Singer, Michael Dokes, Eddie Machen, Mike Quarry, and more.
". . . this book may cement Acevedo' s status as one of today' s best boxing journalists. "--Kirkus ReviewsThis is powerful writing. Enjoy it. "--Thomas Hauser, Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award nominee"Carlos Acevedo is the most original, perceptive, and best new writer in boxing. Sporting Blood is a vivid and gripping collection. " --Donald McRae, writer for The Guardian and award-winning author of over twelve books"Acevdo is a sensationally good writer with some brilliantly memorable turns of phrase. Each essay packs a mighty punch and resonated with me long after I read it. It is a great collection to dip in and out of, to take your time over, to re-read and savour the writing and the imagery. " --All Sports Books Reviews"Carlos Acevedo' s book of essays. . . finds a balance between the familiar and the less so for a read that goes by quickly and feels over too soon. Acevedo. . . gets to show off the range of his talent in this collection, applying varying stylistic flourishes to each subject approached. --Cliff Rold, Boxing Scene
Carlos Acevedo was the founder of The Cruelest Sport and is a member of the Boxing Writers Association of America. His work has appeared in Inside HBO Boxing, Boxing News, Remezcla, Boxing Digest, and Hannibal Boxing. His stories A Darkness Made to Order and A Ghost Orbiting Forever both won first place awards from the BWAA. Acevedo is also a member of the International Boxing Research Organization. Sporting Blood is his first book. Thomas Hauser (Foreword) is the author of forty-eight books on subjects ranging from professional boxing to Beethoven. Hist first novel Missing was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize, the Bancroft Prize, and the National Book Award, and was the basis for the Academy Award-winning film starring Jack Lemmon and Sissy Spacek. Hauser wrote Muhammad Ali: His Life and Times--the definitive biography of "the most famous man on earth"--was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award. Hauser contributed a foreword to the forthcoming book, Sporting Blood, by Carlos Acevedo (Hamilcar Publications 2020). He currently lives in Manhattan.