Boxing Book Review: The British Boxing Board of Control Boxing Yearbook 2010
By Antonio Santiago, Doghouse Boxing (May 25, 2012) Doghouse Boxing
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British Boxing Board of Control Boxing Yearbook 2010
One of the books I have recently received through the mail is from the British BBB of C. The BBB of C is not another financial institution (AFLAC), airline (TWA, ANA) or world sanctioning boxing organization (IBF, WBA, WBC, WBO, etc). It is, however, Great Britain’s governing boxing authority, responsible for overseeing fighters from England, Northern Ireland, Wales, Jersey and Scotland, as well as the undercards fought on those countries. They release, to the public, their yearbook every year. The version I received, the 2010 version (ISBN: 978-1-84596-486-3, obviously 2010, edited by Barry J. Hugman, Mainstream Publishing, www.mainstreampublishing.com), is a very informative tome, with articles about the great English Flyweight, Dai Dower, and about Dai Corp, Jack Dempsey, Jem Mace, John L. Sullivan and others. Many of those names may not be household names in the Americas, but that’s the thing about it. Thanks to the book, we can learn about them .

Another aspect about the book, one that the reader would have to have a wide opened eye to figure out, is the wealth of information it contains concerning contact information for various boxing legends, including former world Junior Welterweight Champion Ricky Hatton, former undisputed world Middleweight Champion Alan Minter, former world Super Middleweight Champion Joe Calzaghe, Enzo Calzaghe, Barry Hearn, Frank Maloney, Brendan Ingle and many others. I will get busy getting in contact with so many of them once I am done reading, I am not kidding you!

The book has detailed fight and record information on every boxer registered on the BBB of C during 2009, acting in that way like the old, legendary Ring Boxing Record Books. One is amazed for example, to learn that Johnny Greaves had, at the time, a record of 1-35. Why the BBB of C lets this man fight on is a wonder and hopefully we won’t be reading about Johnny’s grave instead of Johnny Greaves in the future. One can also read about Peter Buckley and his, up to 2009 300 fights (!), about David Haye’s record up until then, and many more things. This feature makes the book a luxury to boxing fans like me that apart from watching the bouts in person and on the screen, and apart from reading on the internet about the fights and the stories behind them, want to have detailed information at hand about when, how and where. It makes the book a necessity to promoters, managers and trainers who need to match their “products” with someone. And for the doctors in charge of the promotions who need to see if the fighters should be fighting at all in the first place.

Also abundant is information relating to world champions current as of 2009 and their biographies, the list of every type of world champion in every division prior to that, world title fights held in 2009, British, Commonwealth, regional, Irish, Lonsdale, Olympic, Commonwealth Games, ABA amateur, etc champions. If every bit of information on this book was worth one dollar (sorry, I mean pound!) we that have it could cash in and become instant billionaires but by the hundreds of billions!

And that is without yet mentioning the obituaries section, which that year included biographical information about International Boxing Hall of Famers Alexis Arguello, Ingemar Johansson, and Jose Torres. A very good work by Hugman, the publisher and the BBB of C itself!

I have a couple of side notes I want to mention this time around: First of all, my second cousin Miguel’s son Miguel Pineiro the III is in stable but very critical condition in a hospital in Puerto Rico due to a congenital problem. He is one and a half years old. Our family asks you the reader to pray for him.

By the time you read this, my third niece and fourth among my siblings children, Savannah Santiago, second daughter of my brother Jose and his wife, Heather, as well as the second child of my brother and Heather’s third, will probably have arrived in this world so I want to congratulate Jose and Heather on their newest addition and to Savannah, God bless you and uncle Antonio loves you!

Last, but not least, a big thank you to Australian boxer Danny Green and his management and publicity team! Whilst I was not able to receive Green’s biographical book, he and publicist Kalistah Shaw made sure I received a photo autographed by him personally to me, all the way from “Down Under”! That, my friends, deserves a public recognition and thanks!

Please send all Questions and comments to Antonio at TJ69662094@aol.com.

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