Facing Ali: The Opposition Weighs In

by Stephen Brunt

Lyons Press | April 30, 2003 | Hardcover

Facing Ali: The Opposition Weighs In is rated 4 out of 5 by 2.
Muhammad Ali cast a blinding light on his sport, on the tumultuous times in which he reigned as champion, and on all the people who surrounded him. That included the fighters brave enough to stand alone, in the ring with the greatest heavyweight champion of all time.
Ali's own story has been told often, but the tales of those who faced him have been mostly overlooked. For each, the moments alone in the ring with Ali changed their lives. FACING ALI tells the stories, in the fighters' own words, of fifteen men from around the world--from famous names like Joe Frazier, George Foreman, and Henry Cooper, to lesser lights like Tunney Hunsaker, Jergen Blin, and George Chuvalo. FACING ALI offers a unique perspective on what it was like to fight Ali, and gives new insights into the character of a boxer who is arguably the most recognized man on the planet.


Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 320 pages, 8.98 × 5.78 × 1.17 in

Published: April 30, 2003

Publisher: Lyons Press

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1585748293

ISBN - 13: 9781585748297

Found in: Sports and Fitness

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from I Enjoyed it Facing Ali is more or less a collection of 15 mini biographies of 15 Muhammad Ali opponents with an emphasis on their fights with Ali. You have some of the great fighters that Ali squared off with but also some of the no hopers and opponents that he faced also. It starts with Tunny Hunsaker, who he fought in his pro debut and ends with Larry Holmes who he fought in his second to last fight. Some of these guys ended up in not the best shape financially or neurologicly but others seem to be doing well. Hunsaker is obviously brain damaged. Holmes is still bitter about not getting the credit he deserves as a great champion. Foreman comes off like a self effacing public relations man. Joe Fraizer still seems to have an underlying hatred for Ali. George Chuvalo has had unbelievable tragedy in his life. I learned a lot of interesting details about some of the European fighters Ali fought. I also wish Jimmy Ellis would have been one of the fighters featured in Facing Ali. Its not one of what I would consider one of the must read boxing history classics but overall I enjoyed reading this although he could have dug a lot deeper with some of these guys.
Date published: 2011-03-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from From the best sports writer in canada A great way to tell the story of Ali. Hell Brunt the reason i buy the Globe and mail.
Date published: 2008-03-16

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Facing Ali: The Opposition Weighs In

by Stephen Brunt

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 320 pages, 8.98 × 5.78 × 1.17 in

Published: April 30, 2003

Publisher: Lyons Press

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1585748293

ISBN - 13: 9781585748297

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Muhammad Ali cast a blinding light on his sport, on the tumultuous times in which he reigned as champion, and on all the people who surrounded him. That included the fighters brave enough to stand alone, in the ring with the greatest heavyweight champion of all time.
Ali's own story has been told often, but the tales of those who faced him have been mostly overlooked. For each, the moments alone in the ring with Ali changed their lives. FACING ALI tells the stories, in the fighters' own words, of fifteen men from around the world--from famous names like Joe Frazier, George Foreman, and Henry Cooper, to lesser lights like Tunney Hunsaker, Jergen Blin, and George Chuvalo. FACING ALI offers a unique perspective on what it was like to fight Ali, and gives new insights into the character of a boxer who is arguably the most recognized man on the planet.


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