Facing Ali: 15 Fighters / 15 Stories

by Stephen Brunt

Lyons Press | April 1, 2004 | Trade Paperback

Facing Ali: 15 Fighters / 15 Stories is rated 4 out of 5 by 2.
"Brunt does an excellent job of bringing his subjects out of the shadow of the Greatest, recounting their often poignant tales of life before and after their dates with the champ. In the end, of course, we learn more about Ali. What stands out is their almost unanimous expression of affection for Ali. A worthy addition to any boxing collection." -Library Journal 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: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 320 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 0.69 in

Published: April 1, 2004

Publisher: Lyons Press

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 159228406X

ISBN - 13: 9781592284061

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: 15 Fighters / 15 Stories

Facing Ali: 15 Fighters / 15 Stories

by Stephen Brunt

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 320 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 0.69 in

Published: April 1, 2004

Publisher: Lyons Press

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 159228406X

ISBN - 13: 9781592284061

From the Publisher

"Brunt does an excellent job of bringing his subjects out of the shadow of the Greatest, recounting their often poignant tales of life before and after their dates with the champ. In the end, of course, we learn more about Ali. What stands out is their almost unanimous expression of affection for Ali. A worthy addition to any boxing collection." -Library Journal 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.

From the Jacket

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, including the fighters brave enough to stand alone, across the ring from the greatest heavyweight champion of all time. Ali's own story has been told repeatedly, but the stories of those who faced him have been mostly ignored. 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 and Jurgen 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 man who is arguably the most recognized man on the planet.

About the Author

Stephen Brunt is Canada's premier sportswriter and commentator. He is the lead columnist for Toronto's Globe and Mail and won the Michener Award for his piece on negligence and corruption in boxing. He was nominated for Canada's National Newspaper Award for his account of meeting with Ali.

Editorial Reviews

A Sports Illustrated Book-of-the-Year Pick "This book should become one of the essential works for understanding the legendary fighter." Publishers Weekly, Starred Review "These are men of substance, worth getting to know. Brunt does them justice, but the author has done something even more impressive: He has found something new to report about Muhammad Ali." Sports Illustrated "Brunt does an excellent job of bringing his subjects out of the shadow of The Greatest, recounting their often poignant tales of life before and after their dates with the champ. In the end, of course, we learn more about Ali." Library Journal "Makes it clear that boxing sure could use an Ali today--or any day." Kirkus Reviews 2002 Canadian Sportswriter of the Year: "FACING ALI has winner writtern all over it."--Bert Sugar, former editor, The Ring