On the Ropes: Boxing as a Way of Life - Geoffrey BeattieVictor Gollancz, 1996, Hardback in Dustwrapper..
Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Dust wrapper a little rubbed at the edges. Gently bruised at the head, tail and corners of the binding.
Illustrated with black and white photographs. From the cover: “Geoffrey Beattie spent two years training and hanging out with the boxers in Brendan Ingle’s famous Sheffield gym, where Bomber Graham, the ‘nearly man’ of British boxing, used to spar and Johnny ‘The Entertainer’ Nelson trained for his world cruiserweight title — the world title few recognized. Naseem Hamed, the new world featherweight champion who has the boxing world at his feet, has been one of Ingle’s boys since he was seven years old. On the Ropes is the graphic story of Seattle’s own experiences in the gym and the hopes, dreams and lifestyles of the men he got to know there, from the great Prince Naseem down to the young lads wandering in off the street and the hard men with nowhere to go. He watches the boxers training and sparring, listens as they tell him of their aspirations, and observes their special camaraderie. And he follows them at play in nightclubs and bars, and in their enjoyment of brutal, illicit sports like dog-fighting and bare-knuckle fighting. By turns funny, touching and shocking, On the Ropes is a unique insider’s account of survival within the boxing ring and the gritty, macho culture that surrounds it.”
Size: 9½" x 6¼"
Number of Pages: 277