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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