|Boxing Book Review: Sorcery at Caesars
By Antonio Santiago, Doghouse Boxing (Sept 6, 2012) Doghouse Boxing
By Antonio Santiago, Doghouse Boxing. One of the sub-genres I wish were covered more in the boxing book
genre is great fights. Battles like Dempsey-Firpo, Gomez-Pintor,
Sanchez-Gomez, the Gatti-Ward trilogy, the Barrera-Morales trilogy and
Hagler-Hearns. I guess I could sit down and try writing about one of
those by myself, but I do not have the in-site experience that a writer
like Steve Marantz had when writing his book, Sorcery at Caesars’ (2008,
Inkwater Press, ISBN-10: 1592993362 ISBN-13: 978-1592993369,
inkwaterpress.com, all rights reserved). Marantz had been there at the
1987 bout, reporting for a newspaper.
Marantz takes us back to
the night of April 6, 1987, when Leonard and Hagler took on the ring to
battle for twelve rounds (I thought Leonard was just committing suicide)
and to the years before the fight, giving us a vivid account of the key
moments that led to one of the 1980’s most talked about fights. He
studies both Leonard’s and Hagler’s characters, revealing parts about
the persons behind the faces of the warriors. He also reviews other
people around them, such as Ollie Dunlap, Roger and Juanita Leonard, and
the Petronelli brothers and Bertha Hagler.
this book, one realizes that despite what Leonard said on November 9th,
1982, that the fight with Hagler would never happen, it was meant to
happen all along.
Marantz drives us in this book the way that a
pilot takes us from the departure airport to the arrival one, straight,
to the point and without pausing for a break. Really, thus, he gives us a
fresh insight into the deals that took place in order for the fight to
happen, and into the fight itself. And while Leonard-Hagler was
certainly no Ali-Frazier (which fight is?), and in a sense it was a bit
of a let-down action wise, it was still an intriguing bout that gave us
The book is small in size, making it a coffee-table
type of book and comfortable to read. You can take it along with you on
a business trip and it won’t take much space away from your paper-work.
Heck, if you are one of the many ladies that like boxing and read my
articles faithfully, you could fit it on your purse perfectly!
a funny note, the book’s cover has a photo of Hagler and Leonard
staring at each other so close, my 7 year old niece Nina asked me if
they were about to kiss!
The cover is all dark, but you can see a photo of the fight behind the faces of the boxers.
a suggested prize of $19.99, I really recommend this book to anyone who
wants to learn about boxing history, or to review part of it through
the eyes of Marantz. You will certainly not regret it.
“Sorcery” is truly deserving of forming part of every Caesars’ (and everyone else’s ) bookshelf!
Please send all Questions and comments to Antonio at TJ69662094@aol.com.
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